Nintendo Palm-sized Mini NES, Pre-loaded with 30 Epic Games
The dual launches marked a new chapter in the battle for supremacy between Japan’s top video game businesses as they attempt to take care of a sudden rise in mobile gaming.
Lots of excited gamers queued at electronics stores in Tokyo to make an effort to get their hands on the Nintendo’s new variant of its Famicom and Sony’s PS4 Pro.
The smaller version of Nintendo’s classic games console called the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) overseas, sold more than 60 million units after its 1983 launch.
The new mini-games console sells for about $60 with a strong nod to nostalgia by letting gamers lesser display quality to mimic playing on an old tv.
The console is installed with 30 games including Nintendo’s famous Super Mario and Donkey Kong characters.
Sony’s cutting-edge machine retails for about $400 and guarantees even sharper graphics than earlier versions of its PS4, which have sold over 40 million units worldwide.
Most games consoles had already been pre-purchased, destroyed the hopes of some Japanese gamers who hurried to shops for the double launch day.
“We stopped taking preorders some time ago because demand for both machines was beyond expectations,” Yuko Harima, a spokeswoman for retail electronics stores Bic Camera, told AFP, without revealing sales amounts.
Nintendo’s system is being released in Europe and North America on Friday.
Both are quite distinct but their start could herald a fresh turf war among the rivals, said Hirokazu Hamamura, who heads game magazines publishing at the Kadokawa media group.
“You may believe it is no big deal that the cutting edge high-end game machine and old style Famicom make their introductions on the exact same day, but I do not believe so,” he said.
“This actually exemplifies that we could view a staged war in the forthcoming years,” he told a recent seminar in Tokyo.
Both companies are competing to win so-called crossover customers using smartphones, game consoles, and conventional computers, he added.
Nintendo has been looking for a success to counter flagging Wii U games console sales, after making a long-awaited introduction in the mobile gaming market for the first time before this year.
Meanwhile, the company last month stumbled as it gave a sneak peek at a long-awaited new games console called Nintendo Switch.
The hybrid machine can be played at home and on the go, thanks to a removable display like a tablet PC with the controls attached.
But the launch of a three-minute video of the system left investors underwhelmed, starting selling on the Tokyo stock market of shares in Nintendo, which had been floated by the success of “Pokemon Go” smartphone application before this year.
Nintendo is bringing back the nostalgia of the first NES control by declaring the mini-NES. The mini-NES will cost around $60 and have 30 pre-installed classic games.
Nintendo has described the machine as NES Classic Edition that is determined by the ‘iconic design of the first NES control.’ The new device, which is that of the size of a palm and will be accompanied by an HDMI cable and a power adapter.
Here are the games that will be pre-installed in the NES Classic Edition:
- Balloon Fight™
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Donkey Kong™
- Donkey Kong Jr. ™
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario™
- FINAL FANTASY®
- GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
- Ice Climber™
- Kid Icarus™
- Kirby’s Adventure™
- Mario Bros. ™
- MEGA MAN® 2
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C™
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
- Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
- TECMO BOWL
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™