Nintendo's newly announced miniature NES console has been met with widespread enthusiasm, but it does come with a couple of caveats. According to Kotaku, Nintendo has confirmed the console will not connect to the internet and will not be able to play games beyond the 30 NES classics that come preloaded on the device. The tiny console, announced this morning with a release date of November 11th, costs $59.99 and connects to a TV via HDMI to play old-school Nintendo titles with a NES gamepad.
"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," a Nintendo representative told Kotaku. The device's lid does not open either, so old cartridges are off the table.
"The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet."
That doesn't make the mini-NES a bad deal by any means. In fact, at $60, you're saving money by purchasing the mini-NES instead of buying even half of the 30 games from the Wii U Virtual Console. The total cost of every title, at $4.99 a pop from Nintendo's Virtual Console, is $149.70. In other words, if you're eager to play even just 12 of the included 30 games, you're better off purchasing the mini-NES. Just don't expect it to be the miniaturized emulator of your dreams.