When the genre of video games was still in its infancy, the early generation of consoles used 8-bit processing and it was around this time Nintendo debuted the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Released in 1986, Nintendo’s first console may have been a revolution for the medium, due to its colossal library of games and innovative approach to console gaming. The effects of this early generation may still have influence the modern era of gaming; the fundamental mechanics and ideas established during this time aim to provide a strong foundation for modern consoles and the multitude of games released today.
This foundation saw the birth of several renowned characters and Nintendo’s original console was the platform where they originated. During the 80s the home console may have gained popularity and the NES was at the forefront of this paradigm shift with titles like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Each of this franchises still hold a firm footing in the modern era, with the likes of Mario establishing himself as a ubiquitous video game figure.
With its classic 8-bit soundtracks and cartridge based system the NES may hold a historical, and often nostalgic, place in the world of video games. This may be something Nintendo understands as they aim to reintroduce their original console to the modern age. Emulating the aesthetic of the original, the newly introduced mini NES aims to do away with cartridges and shrink the iconic console. By retaining the classic look, Nintendo aim to harken back to the 8-bit era of gaming with this nostalgic package and take players on a trip back to the 80s.
While the Mini NES retains the original look of the NES console, albeit reduced in size, Nintendo have packaged several features which afford this console a place in the modern world. An important change is the replacement of cartridges which, although a classic feature, have been replace with onboard storage which holds 30 classic 8-bit NES games.
This vast library aims to collect some of the best retro games which featured on Nintendo’s original console and present it in a package fans of this era may certainly appreciate. This extensive library, which explores the history of video game culture, includes all the NES flagship titles likes Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid, along with several classics; these include, Donkey Kong, Kirby’s Adventure, Punch Out, Pac Man, Mega Man and many more.
With a collection this comprehensive, potentially offering hours of entertainment, fans of retro gaming have a veritable buffet of 8-bit classics included with the Mini NES. The Mini NES also supports HDMI for display on modern televisions, include USB support and a comes with the classic NES controller. This simple, yet fitting, controller sports a rectangle shape on which the clean layout is presented. A directional pad, start, select and A and B buttons are all players may need to delve into this time capsule of gaming; the influence of this basic layout may be seen across modern controllers today.
From players wanting to relive this nostalgic period of gaming to those looking to experience this retro collection for the first time, Nintendo aim to package history with the Mini NES and reintroduce their debut console to modern audiences. This may be an accessible way for players to experience the era of 8-Bit gaming without having to hunt for the original console and the numerous games it supported. With Nintendo aiming to release their nostalgic collection this month, it may have many players reliving memories of this influential period in the history of video games.
How does Nintendo aim to offer a nostalgic collection of 8-Bit gaming with the Nintendo Mini NES?