Nintendo’s teeny, tiny mini NES announced this morning is a standalone device that won’t connect to the internet and does not support physical media of any kind, which means those 30 included games are it, Nintendo of America told Polygon today. But if you’re OK with that, there’s a lot to be excited about.
The $59.99 Nintendo Classic console will include 30 original games (listed here) as well as a replica of the original controller. You can buy a second for $9.99.
Here’s a rundown of the frequently asked questions that Nintendo was willing to answer so far:
Polygon: Will this play NES carts?
Nintendo: No. The console is a standalone device, and does not use physical media of any kind.
Will there be anyway for Nintendo to sell or add additional games to the system down the line?
No. The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.
What sort of storage does it use?
We aren’t discussing technical specifications. However, it does not connect to any external storage devices.
Is this running via an emulator?
We aren’t discussing technical specifications.
How will saving work?
Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time.
Will it support a video emulation mode like scan lines or CRT emulation?
We will confirm these details later.
What are its dimensions and weight?
We aren’t discussing technical specifications, but it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
What outputs does it have beyond HDMI?
The console outputs video only via HDMI.
Does it support expanded memory?
Does it have a USB port?
Technically, yes, but that port is only used to power the system with the included AC adapter.
Will it support other NES controllers like the original, Nintendo remakes or wireless controllers?
In addition to the NES Classic Controller, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are also compatible with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Both can be plugged directly into the console; however, when using two controllers, one of them must be the NES Classic Controller.
The new NES Classic Controller has a different connector than the original NES controllers and accessories, so they are not interchangeable.
Are there plans for coming out with other mini systems like the SNES?
We have nothing to announce at this time.
Do you have to blow on it to get it to work?
Some things are best left in the ’80s!