For the lucky few who didn’t get trampled at store fronts or got through online unscathed, the Nintendo Mini is now sitting comfortable within your gaming collection. However, as noted by a few people I’ve come across since its launch, there’s a tiny bit of confusion as to how the system actually works. So here’s a few quick tips to make your Nintendo Mini experience a far better one.
1. IT’S USB POWERED
You’ll notice once you’ve carefully opened the box, there’s no AC power supply inside … well, at least here in Australia. You lucky overseas players won’t have this problem. The Nintendo Mini uses a USB cable to get the job done locally and though that may sound a little unusual, it’s relatively easy to get around.
Most TV’s, especially LCD’s or your new, fancy 4K’s, will have USB ports available. Normally these are used to input your USB sticks to play photos and the like, but in many instances you can also use it to power or charge a device via USB. If you have one available, go ahead and give it a try. Don’t panic if it doesn’t work, however, since your local electrical store should have AC power supplies available that allow USB input as well at a fairly affordable price.
2. IT’S CONTROLLER CABLE IS SUPER SHORT
Yup, it sure is. The reason? Whenever you choose a game, the only way to reset the system and choose something else to play is to hit the reset button on the front of the console itself. So Nintendo kept the controller cable short … because, you know, I hate getting up off my couch to reset, so I sit really close to my TV screen so I don’t have to worry about it. Problem solved!
But seriously, there’s two ways around this problem. The obvious, you can buy extension cables for either the controller or the HDMI connections (there are third party extension cables available that are particular to the NES Mini ports). There’s also a few other controller options you can choose from as well, such as the previously released Wii Classic or Classic Pro controllers. You remember them, right? You’d connect it to the bottom of your Wii remotes and then the Wii remote would constantly annoy you as it hung awkwardly by your side. Yeah … that.
If you don’t own either one, you should be able to find them at your local Cash Converters, where a lot of Wii accessories call home.
There’s also an upcoming NES Mini wireless controller coming out soon by Nyko, which uses a wireless USB dongle in place of the cable. The controller doesn’t look as pretty though, to be honest, but it should help ease the cable congestion.
3. THERE’S TOO MANY GAMES. WHERE DO I START?
Wait, what? Sure, 30 games on one system might make it awkward to decide what to play first, but the answer is incredible obvious. Balloon Fight.
No, just kidding. Pac-Man.
4. NO INTERNET ACCESS
Yes, the NES Mini doesn’t have the ability to connect to the net and download new games to it. It’s a real shame, but these mini collections aren’t really designed with that purpose in mind. If there’s a particular game you wanted that’s not there (such as the rest of the Mega Man games), never fear. You’ll find a lot more games on Nintendo’s Virtual Console, it’s a system called the Wii U. You may have heard of it. There’s also a handheld system called the Nintendo 3DS, which has some classic Game Boy games on there too.
5. WHERE’S THE SUPER NES MINI?
Given the NES Mini’s success, what’s the bet Nintendo may celebrate their next best home entertainment console? No, not the Wii. The Super Nintendo had a ton of classic games, from Super Metroid, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country … it’s just a matter of time until we have a little baby SNES sitting next to our little baby NES.
6. WHAT IF I DIDN’T GET ONE?
Unfortunately there’s a high likelihood that you missed out on an NES Mini. Nintendo are known for releasing brand new products at low initial productions rates. We all remember how annoying it was to try and buy a Wii after launch, or the Amiibo craze when it was at its highest.
Nintendo has since come out and confirmed a second batch of stock will be released ONLINE ONLY via selected retailers this December in Australia. Elsewhere will no doubt have the same announcements soon-ish. Beyond that, it’s hard to say whether Nintendo will release further stock. In the past, they’ve been partially burnt for bringing in mass amounts of stock in second or third waves, only for said stock to remain on store shelves months after (i.e. once the Amiibo craze died down). They may decide to leave it to that second batch only, which sucks for everyone involved.
Luckily the Virtual Console remains a solid choice to pick up many of these games at an affordable price if you own a Wii U, 3DS or even a Wii, so if you’re dying to play any of these games without forking over a ton on EBay, that’s your best bet.