Nintendo has announced a new, mini, pre-loaded NES ‘console’ to be released at the end of this year.

While we don’t know much about it yet, the Nintendo Classic Mini is a teeny-tiny version of the NES that will be launched on November 11 for $59.99 (regional pricing has yet to be confirmed), and will include 30 pre-installed games.

The games are a decent mix of famous and more obscure games, and include some of the best of the system: Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gainde, Pac-Man, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, Super C, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The device will connect to your TV via HDMI, and be powered by USB. It’ll come with one controller based on the original NES pad, and the Wii Classic Controller Pro can also be used. The NES pad is compatible with the Wii U and Wii NES virtual console games by plugging into the Wiimote.

It’s not currently known whether it’ll be able to play pre-existing NES cartridges, or if the loaded games are all we’ll have access to. Nintendo claims the new NES is “near identical” to the old one in terms of specs, but the image supplied makes it look too small to actually fit a cartridge in.

While it works out cheaper to buy this than each game individually through the Nintendo eShop, plus you get the nostalgia factor of a NES shell and a NES-styled gamepad, should it be called a “classic NES” if it can’t play NES cartridges? Either way, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of this before its launch later this year.

Joe is LPVG’s resident hardware nerd. If it’s overpriced and has gaudy RGB lighting, he’s probably drooling over it. He loves platformers, MMOs, RPGs, hack ‘n slashers and FPS, with his favourite games being Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Oblivion and Dead Space. Don’t ask him about his unhealthily large Monsters Inc memorabilia collection. Seriously, just don’t ask…

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