The Nintendo NES Classic Mini has another six days or so before being available for the general public. That has not stopped some from tearing down early units and seeing what is inside, such as what is powering this little bad boy. What is striking about the Nintendo NES Classic Mini is that it is more powerful than Nintendo’s own 3DS hand held.
I know you are thinking that is not impressive as the Nintendo 3DS has been available since 2011 – about five years and counting. The reason this is impressive is the price Nintendo is selling the Nintendo NES Classic Mini for, including games.
Specs of the Nintendo NES Classic Mini:
System on a Chip: Allwinner R16 (4x Cortex A7, Mali400MP2 GPU)
RAM SKHynix (256 megabytes DDR3)
Flash: Spansion 512 megabytes SLC NAND flash, TSOP48
Probably non-data supporting USB ports.
Specs of the Nintendo 3DS:
CPU: ARM11 Dual core 266 megahertz
GPU: DMP PICA200 at 133 megahertz
I know you are thinking big deal. Specs are like apples and oranges and it is all about the games. True. Look at the power of the Nintendo 64 versus that of the Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation. One of those consoles went on to outsell the other two by quite a large margin. The Nintendo NES Classic Mini is obviously packed with 30 great Nintendo games (your mileage may vary of course).
This really doesn’t matter though as the Nintendo NES Classic Mini is going to be hard to mod by fans. According to Peter Brown on Twitter you are going to have to be comfortable desoldering flash memory so that you can change/add games or possibly do other mods. This is a shame as the Nintendo NES Classic Mini could be quite a cool little system to see some Android based mods on.
Wanting a Nintendo NES Classic Mini and the local stores are sold out (we know it doesn’t launch for another five days) then check Ebay.