When Nintendo announced they were releasing an official Mini Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with 30-built in games and replica original controllers, people got excited. After all, for many millennials, the Nintendo is a great dose of nostalgia from their childhoods. Sure, game graphics are better than ever now and things like beastly gaming PCs and 4K monitors/televisions have put gaming into a whole other universe, there’s still something charming about about those 8-bit classics.
According to a recent interview of Canadian Nintendo representative Julie Gagnon on a French radio show, it was revealed that the Mini NES will do more that simply play games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.
“There will be different modes of how you will see the screen – a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens, there will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this too.”
That’s a nice feature to have, since different players have different preferences. It will always be hard to perfectly render an old 4:3, 8-bit video game on a fancy new 1080p HD television. The real big feature that gamers will love, though, is adding save points.
“There will be permanent save points and instant temporary saves to be able to resume, and that’s for every single one of the 30 games. So, you don’t have to worry about passwords, or restarting right at the beginning.”
Most NES games had no way of saving your progress. Even the ones that did would usually implement a password system, which would only get you kinda close to where you left off. So being able to save your exact progress will make a lot of those old NES classics a lot less frustrating to play.
(Thanks to NintendoEverything.com for translations)