The Nintendo Classic Mini launches tomorrow, and at Kotaku UK we're all about asking the big questions. Such as, how does it compare to a banana?
That's a small banana, to be fair, but it was only right to begin with a minor tribute to the late and great Satoru Iwata - who began his career programming Famicom games, including the singular Balloon Fight (included on the NES Mini). As he might say: please enjoy.
Nope I have no idea why the original says 'NES VERSION' either - or any idea why I miss that trademark sign.
Snug as a bug in a rug. Various Nintendo handhelds? From left-to-right we see the Game Boy Pocket (Gunpei Yokoi's final project at the company), a Game Boy Micro above a Game Boy Advance SP, a DS Lite and a 3DS.
Moving onto peripherals, I instantly make a stunning find. The NES Mini's dimensions almost exactly match those of the Wavebird, which some might consider the highpoint of game controller history. What can it mean?
A Japanese Famicom cart on the left, a PAL region cart on the right. NES Mini's dinky quotient is off the scale!
I know what you're thinking - what about the pads? Is the pad the same, the very same, as the one I held all those years ago as a mere sprog? BEHOLD:
NES Mini fits quite snugly in the PSVR headset. Unfortunately it doesn't have eyes, ears, consciousness or any of that other stuff you need to enjoy VR, but it fits.
And I'm spent. We'll be taking a closer look at NES Mini soon but, in the meantime, I leave you with those wise and ironic words from the Wind Waker.
"We've been losing members due to our lack of gimmicky attractions. But we don't worry. True fans know we're the coolest."