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Take a look inside the NES Mini

Is the NES Mini just a Raspberry Pi in a cute little nostalgia box? Actually, it is...well, kind of

By Derek Strickland from Nov 4, 2016 @ 10:29 CDT

The new NES Classic Edition, or NES Mini as it's collectively known, aims to bring the world back to the golden age of 80's console gaming. But what makes the little box tick? Is it just a Raspberry Pi slapped into a cute teensy NES replica?


As it turns out, the NES Mini is quite close to your basic cheap tablet in terms of internal hardware. The tech itself is somewhat similar with a Raspberry Pi 2, but Nintendo has customized the NES Mini and removed a bunch of basic components found on the Raspberry Pi models, and Nintendo also went with a cheaper Allwinner alternative for obvious reasons.

Unlike a Raspberry Pi 3, however, the NES Mini's 512MB Spansion NAND Flash memory is soldered directly onto the PCB, so you won't be able to easily swap in Mini SD cards loaded with tons of ROMs.


The NES Mini sports an Allwinner R16 SoC with a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 32-bit microprocessor (same as Rapsberry Pi 2 Model B) and a multi-core, ultra low-power ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU with 3D accerlation and 1080p support. The NES Mini also rocks 2GB of DDR3L RAM from SK Hynix and a 512MB NAND Flash chip that's soldered into the motherboard.

The NES Classic Edition launches on November 11, 2016 for $59.99, but pre-orders are already sold out so you may not be able to find one in stores.

Read Also: Everything you need to know about Nintendo's new NES Mini


NES Classic Edition Specifications

  • Allwinner quad-core R16 System-on-Chip
    • Quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU
    • ARM Mali400 MP2 GPU
  • XPowers AXP223 Power Management Controller (PMIC)
  • SK Hynix 256MB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Spansion 512MB NAND Flash

NES Classic Edition Launch Game Library

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Donkey KongTM
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


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