Nintendo has confirmed that their Mini NES console announced yesterday will not receive more games beyond the 30 titles included at launch, due to it being a “standalone device.” Moreover, the miniature replica of the original NES has no ability to connect to the internet, and as the Chamber Lid is just for show (it can’t play physical games, sorry, cartridge collectors!), there would be no way to release additional software for it.
A spokesperson for Nintendo divulged to Kotaku that:
The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The game lineup was chosen to provide a diverse mix of popular and recognizable NES games that appeal to a wide variety of players. Everyone should be able to find multiple games to enjoy.
Nobody can disagree with that last part. With the likes of Metroid, Mega Man 2, Final Fantasy and Excitebike (to name just a few) included, the retro device already represents terrific value for money at $60.
Assuming this one miniature is successful when it hits on November 11 (and let’s be honest, it will be), can we expect to see similar treatment given to the SNES or Nintendo 64? Nintendo bluntly responds to the question with “we have nothing to announce at this time.”
One can only hope, eh? What we wouldn’t give to play GoldenEye 007 again.