The best way to play these NES games.
Nintendo’s upcoming NES Mini, their emulation based re-release of their classic and industry defining console, will apparently have a number of features that will make it the definitive way for players to play the 30 NES games that are included on it- for players disinterested in investing in Nintendo’s Virtual Console service, anyway.
The console, which otherwise features HDMI video output, will reportedly have special display modes, including a pixel perfect mode, as well as one that outputs the image in a traditional 4:3 display aspect ratio, to maintain visual accuracy.
That’s not all, either- the NES Mini will also include functionality which is otherwise the primary appeal of game emulators: save states. Nintendo have confirmed that the NES Mini will have temporary saves, which seems to imply ephemeral Quick Save save states that get deleted as soon as you resume your progress from a loaded one. That is ultimately the best and fairest way to marry modern convenience with these old games without breaking their balance and design.
The NES Mini will come later this year for $60. It will feature a miniature recreation of the NES hardware and controller, and come with 30 classic games loaded on to it, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy, and Castlevania II.