The Top 5 Accessories you NEED for your Nintendo NES Mini System
It's no secret that the NES Mini releases this Friday (11/11) in stores nationwide. We previewed the system when it was first announced and it still looks amazingly promising. Jam packed with 30 classic Nintendo games, HDMI out, and the ability to save your game at anytime makes this the must have gift for any gamer this holiday season. The NES Classic Edition system comes with one controller, a USB power adapter, and an HDMI cable. This is a great starter setup, but there are a few other things that you should pick up to enhance your classic gaming experience.
1. An extra official Nintendo Controller (MSRP $9.99)
As I said before, the system comes with 1 controller, but what good does that do you when playing 2-player classics like Bubble Bobble, Tecmo Bowl, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, and more? When playing the NES, it is always better to play with a friend. The rumor is the extra controllers will be in short supply at launch, so make sure you get one quick!
2. RDS Industries Official NES Classic Edition Deluxe Carrying Case (MSRP $19.99)
The NES Mini system is sure to be a hit with friends. What better idea this holiday than to bring it over to a friend's house? RDS Industries makes this easier with their official carrying case solution. This carrying case has a hard plastic shell with a foam insert for extra protection. It can hold the system, two controllers, and your AC adapter. It also has a mesh pocket that can hold your HDMI, USB, and other cables to attach to your system. Maybe even use the pocket to store your handmade maps for the Legend of Zelda, or passwords for Metroid!
3. Nyko Extend Link for NES Classic Edition (MSRP $9.99 each)
It was revealed that the Official Nintendo NES Mini controllers have a rather short cord attached to them. Coming in at about 2.5 feet, this is much shorter than the original controller length of just over 7.5 feet. To combat this inadequacy, Nyko has come up with a solution called the Extend Link that extends the controller length to give you an extra 6 feet of cable. This is a perfect solution to prevent you from getting yelled at by your mother for sitting too close to the Television set.
4. EMiO The Edge Joystick (MSRP $24.99)
Remember the NES Advantage Joystick from way back when? EMiO has faithfully created a spiritual successor to the Advantage throne called "The Edge". Complete with an 8-way joystick, turbo buttons with variable speed knobs, and slow motion, all of the features found on the original NES Advantage are found here on The Edge. The buttons have also been upgraded on The Edge to use micro-switching technology, and it comes with two interchangeable styles of joysticks. Another additional feature that The Edge has that was not present on the original NES Advantage, is a button that when pressed sends a signal that acts like both the "A" and "B" button are being pressed at the same time. This is useful for performing special moves in Double Dragon II: The Revenge and in other games. The Edge is a must have for a true arcade experience.
5. Nyko Miniboss wireless controller (MSRP 19.99)
Don't want to deal with a short 2.5 feet controller cord? Don't feel like spending money on extension cables? Nyko has the solution for you, a wireless controller. Sporting the angled A & B button placement, this controller is sleek and updated for a modern feel. Using a dongle that plugs into the controller port of the NES Mini, you can have the freedom to play up to 30 feet away from the system! Using a USB micro cable, you can recharge the controller without worrying about keeping any batteries laying around.
BONUS - Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics Historical and Strategy Guide (MSRP $44.99 Hardcover, $19.99 Paperback)
Stuck on World 7-3 in Super Mario Bros. 3? Can't defeat the evil Ganon in The Legend of Zelda? Take a look at the Playing With Power NES Classics strategy guide. Published by Prima games, this officially licensed book features strategies and walkthroughs for 17 NES classic titles. Full color maps, enemy charts, and more are all available for your favorite games. It also features historical facts, timelines, and advertisements, and is a great addition to your NES Mini system purchase. Available in both hardcover and paperback.
So what do you think? What will you be picking up in addition to your NES Mini system? I am definitely getting together a game plan for this Friday as systems and accessories are sure to be in short supply.