Nintendo announced the NES Classic yesterday morning, a mini-console packed with 30 built-in Nintendo Entertainment System favorites. Questions have been floating around since the announcement, and Nintendo has answered a few of them, giving us an idea of how flexible the system is and isn’t.
It won’t play NES cartridges. As you might’ve guessed, the hand in the picture above is not a gigantic hand meant to make the system look tiny. It’s a tiny system. If you want to play your NES cartridges, you’re still going to be heading to eBay, Craigslist, or elsewhere to pick up an original.
You can’t add any games, and it doesn’t connect to external storage. The 30 built-in games are the available games. Nintendo told Polygon that the console cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices, and that the games included “were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.” And also Castlevania II.
The USB port is a power-only port. Nintendo says the console has a USB port on the back, but it doesn’t transmit data. If you’re going to hack this thing, you’ll need to crack it open.
It uses the same controller connector as the Wii remote controller. That means you can plug in the Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro. Interestingly, if you’re playing with two controllers, Nintendo says one of them has to be the NES Classic controller. And no – you can’t use the original NES controllers.
And finally, there’s no word on whether a classic version of the SNES console is coming. If, or more likely when, the NES Classic starts flying off shelves, I’m sure Nintendo will be eager to get something like that out into gamer hands.
The NES Classic Edition is set to release on November 11 for $59.99.