The NES Classic Edition was a nice little surprise for us all, however there were some unanswered questions regarding the console.
Would it connect to the internet? Would there be additional games made available for purchase?
Luckily, Nintendo has come out and answered these questions.
Will the mini-NES be able to connect to the internet?
No. 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.
On the same note: does Nintendo plan to sell other NES games for the mini-NES beyond the 30 it comes preloaded with?
No. The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.
Are there plans for other mini-consoles, like a mini-SNES or mini-N64?
We have nothing to announce at this time.
Just because people have been asking: safe to say it can’t play old cartridges, right? (Based on the image it looks like an NES cartridge would have around the same width as the entire console.) Does it open up at all?
The console does not use physical media and therefore the Chamber Lid does not open.
Nintendo for me have missed out big time with not allowing the console to connect to the internet or allow an external hard drive to be connected to the console to expand the games that are being made available for the console.
This could have been massive for them, although I do like there nothing to announce answer to the Mini SNES and Mini N64 question. I would love a Mini N64 with Goldeneye and Mario Kart built in 😀