Retro gaming appears to gaining momentum in 2016, with projects like Dreamcade Replay, or even PocketCHIP, and well as more powerful Windows 10 portable consoles like GPD Win (real) and PGS Portable (maybe not so real) capable of handling old sort of game emulators, and Windows games released 3 to 4 years ago. But Nintendo has decided to join the fray, and released NES Classic Edition game console, a smaller version of Nintendo NES, compatible with recent TVs thanks to its HDMI output, and loaded with 30 classic games.
The full technical details about the device are not known, but the console with ship with an HDMI cable, and well as a game controller. Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure are among the 30 NES games pre-installed. (Full list in the press release).Sadly, there’s no cartridge support, nor SD card slot or USB ports, so you can’t install extra games,. and there’s no Internet access either. You could probably play all those 30 games on by running emulators on low ARM Linux boards, but you’d miss out on the retro case design and game controller.
NES Classic Edition will sell for $59.99 starting on November 11th 2016, and if one controller is not enough, $10 extra will get you one.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
I’d bet that someone hacks it to be able to flash different games 😉
What I think will really blow your mind is when “RetroPlayer for Kodi” is finally included with Kodi v18 as it is now beginning to mature enough to be merged upstream into Kodi mainstream builds, (and I read it will be merged before Kodi v18 is released and I hope that means it will be released before the end of this year). Kodi will then support Game Addons, including Libretro emulator cores ( http://www.libretro.com ). Game Addons will make retro emulators easily accessable to to everyone using Kodi
Alternatively make your own mini NES console with a Raspberry Pi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dgnD93pwX0
NES Classic Edition is discontinued: https://liliputing.com/2017/04/nintendo-nes-classic-edition-mini-console-is-discontinued.html
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
There are free Nintendo Nes emulators in Google Play, I have not had much joy getting them button mapped to my T3 Bluetooth game controller though.
The Subor D99 can be had for below £20.00 on eBay UK or buy off Aliexpress.
I also have a 8 bit handheld HG-916 , but again 8, 16, 32 bit handhelds are cheap on eBay UK or Aliexpress and buttons beat tapping a phone or tablet screen.