Nintendo Answers Questions About The Mini Nintendo Entertainment System

Online gaming publication Polygon has chatted with Nintendo of America about the unveiling of the NES Classic Edition. The console, which only costs $60 and comes with thirty of arguably the best Nintendo Entertainment System games, won’t have access to the internet and won’t play other media as expected. Here’s a FAQ from Polygon.

Polygon: Will this play NES carts?

Nintendo: No. The console is a standalone device, and does not use physical media of any kind.

Will there be anyway for Nintendo to sell or add additional games to the system down the line?

No. The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.

What sort of storage does it use?

We aren’t discussing technical specifications. However, it does not connect to any external storage devices.

Is this running via an emulator?

We aren’t discussing technical specifications.

How will saving work?

Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time.

Will it support a video emulation mode like scan lines or crt emulation?

We will confirm these details later.

What are its dimensions and weight?

We aren’t discussing technical specifications, but it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

What outputs does it have beyond HDMI?

The console outputs video only via HDMI.

Does it support expanded memory?


Does it have a USB port?

Technically, yes, but that port is only used to power the system with the included AC adapter.

Will it support other NES controllers like the original, Nintendo remakes or wireless controllers?

In addition to the NES Classic Controller, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are also compatible with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Both can be plugged directly into the console; however, when using two controllers, one of them must be the NES Classic Controller.

The new NES Classic Controller has a different connector than the original NES controllers and accessories, so they are not interchangeable.

Are there plans for coming out with other mini systems like the SNES?

We have nothing to announce at this time.

Do you have to blow on it to get it to work?

Some things are best left in the ’80s!


Thanks, chris “the mexican” ford


  1. It’s too bad you can’t load all of your eShop NES games onto this system, but since you can use the NES controller for any NES eShop game on the Wii U, it’s not a huge deal.

    For some reason I’m really excited to play EarthBound Beginnings with the controller it was originally meant to be used with!

    1. which is why i will be picking up the controller, the device is a neat idea but with no way to expand its kinda pointless, they are better off putting those games on a wii u disk and slap $45 usd.

    2. I have to agree with that. Would be so much more valuable if we were able to buy more NES games for it. I think I will pass it up too.

  2. Wow. So many questions that were a complete waste of time to ask. Why do people ask Nintendo a bunch of questions, anyway, in these things? They just end up either not answering questions, give an answer that doesn’t even pertain to the question, or repeat something they said for a previous question.

      1. Getting tired of telling people that yet? lol Maybe you can ask Sickr to update the other article with the list of games with an update pointing out Super C is a Contra game.

  3. “Does it have a USB port?

    Technically, yes, but that port is only used to power the system with the included AC adapter.”


  4. Like someone else said. They are better off just selling a wireless controller and all these games on a disc in a bundle for $60.

  5. It comes out in four months but you can’t comment on ANYTHING about it? Why not just say “we made this money maker because we want to keep making money off games we made in the 80’s”? Honestly I won’t support this thing because they’ve made these games available on numerous other platforms over the years. People want them on mobile and instead they release a cute little NES clone? I don’t think they’re listening. It IS cheaper to buy this than to buy all 30 titles (assuming they’re available) on Virtual Console. $150 for 30 NES Virtual Console titles or $60 for a device with them built in.

  6. Huh.. People are really buying these same games over and over,.. AnD over you have to have Super Mario Bros every time it comes out?

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