Nintendo have returned to the land of retro gaming by releasing the portable Nintendo Classic. For those not in the know, The Nintendo Classic is a compact machine styled with more than a nod to Nintendo’s seminal machine the NES. For those who grew up looking at Mario as a kindly uncle, this is great news. It comes pre-loaded with 30 classic NES games so you don’t have to bother changing cartridges. Though this does of course mean that you can’t expand the games library beyond those loaded on the machine already. The console contains classic games such as Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Mega Man 2, PAC-MAN, FINAL FANTASY and Metroid so there is plenty there to keep rabid Nintendo fans happy.
At 80$ a go, you could argue that this is a somewhat expensive trip down memory lane, but that is a lot of hours of entertainment in one little box. It’s pretty handy too. It’s small enough to easily carry around and the HDMI cable means you can connect to laptops or TV’s wherever you go. The only quibble I have is that the lead on the classic-looking controller is way too short. If you connect to a large TV you are inevitably sitting waaay too close for your eyes unless you have a massive HDMI cable or extender.
Now so far all seems well and good. It’s perfect for those wanting a bit of nostalgia. But is it value for money? I mean, I can see myself playing the games for a while until the (old) novelty wears off and I go back to future with modern games. I guess a piece of me doesn’t want to rip off the rose-tinted spectacles either. Too many times I’ve gone back to watch old films and been heartily disappointed. I don’t want the same to happen with these classic games.