Nintendo’s Mini NES is a missed opportunity

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Outside the 30 games that came with Nintendo’s Mini NES console, there is no way you can put in additional ones. According to a report by Engadget, the device can’t connect to the internet or any other external storage devices. And no, the cartridge chamber doesn’t open either.

That means you’re stuck with the following preloaded games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania ii: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts ‘N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • 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

Yes, it’s a terrific line-up, especially with a device that costs only $60, but I can’t help but feel that this is a missed opportunity for the Kyoto-based console maker. Here are several reasons why:
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Kerbal Space Program is coming to consoles this week

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Remember that goofy-yet-realistic space flight simulator for the PC called Kerbal Space Program? It was so good that NASA and businessman/engineer/inventor Elon Musk publicly expressed their love for the game.

According to Kerbal Space Program developer Squad, the game will be available in the U.S. via digital download on PlayStation 4 this July 12 and Xbox One on July 15.
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