Though online reaction to the NES Mini has been extremely positive, there has been almost universal backlash to the cord length of the controllers that come with it. The cord is barely three feet long, roughly a third of the length of the original NES controller, though the ports on the front of the NES Mini do allow you to connect Wii Classic Controllers if you have them. It seems that the extra buttons on these controllers actually have some additional function as well.
Typically, you'd have to get up and press the reset switch on the console itself in order to back out of a game to pick a new one, but it's been discovered that the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro's home buttons allow you to do the same thing. You may not be getting the full authentic experience by using different controllers, but some may prefer the mild convenience that this offers.
What do you think? How are you enjoying the NES Mini? Do you think Nintendo will eventually release controllers with longer cords? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Yes, I'm enjoying it--is what I will say if I can find one tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Part of me was wondering about compatibility with Wii Classic Controllers. It's cool to see that the extra buttons have designated functions.
Edit: I've still got my old Gold Pro Classic, so there's controller two for me.
@PanurgeJr Man. Classic controllers, cords, no wi-fi, Powerline... And now we must buy in physical shops ?
Nintendo went full retro experience on that one.
At least the controllers won't need batteries, or recharging constantly.
Sold out everywhere here in Australia, everywhere!
I pre ordered mine luckily but I'm away for work until next week!
My wife had the joy of telling me that it's sitting at home for me.
I'll be able to use my gold Wii Pro controller I got with the Goldeneye remake.
Sounds like I'll use a Classic Controller if I get one later then. I'm more excited for the controller for now (will be using it with my Wiimote for some VC, but mainly on PC). I'll be especially excited if they confirm a SNES Mini. I'd love to have a SNES Controller for some PC games (I'd get an adapter, but I'm not familiar with how they make that work, but I'm nicely acquainted with GlovePIE).
I'll be using an SNES controller. The adapter it uses lets you press Start+Select to get the home button functionality.
I'm enjoying my new toy now. I do have some extensions ordered, but I still have a few classic controllers. I've got plenty of options all around.
@KiWiiU_Freek I have the golden wii classic controller plugged into my mini right now
Im going to try my wired fight pad, the Wii U smash bros themed controller, I have the yoshi and zelda ones worth a shot sicne they use the same plug as the wii controller.
@PanurgeJr Good luck. I just tried getting one at my local Wal-Mart, but had no luck. They seriously only got 6 of them. I have a feeling these suckers are going to be in short supply, which isn't exactly surprising, considering this is Nintendo we're talking about.
@PanurgeJr Donald Trump bought all the NES minis 😉
Why didn't Nintendo make the controllers Bluetooth!? It wseems ups have made so much more sense. I imagine for some stupid reason Nintendo came to this decision because they wanted people to sit in the floor like back when we were kids. Absolutely moronic really
@Boxmonkey I think you're right. Reminds me of Retro Game Challenge's down screen :
I think you're supposed to play the NES mini with a small controller cord, but a 5m HDMI cable.
Well that NES Controller is basically just a Classic Controller with less buttons. You can see why they made the Reset Button functional for people who use the NES Controllers.
I guess the X & Y Buttons act like Turbo Buttons?
@RadioShadow According to the OP on reddit, no turbo buttons.
Seems weird and backwards, but it seems to be this way if you want to play with B+A in the other diagonal and use X+A instead of B+A.
I read this last night. It's great news. I intended on using my Wii Classic Controller Pro anyway and keep the controller mint. And keep the extra controller sealed in its box. Now the challenge will be to find a halfway comfortable setup. The Wii CCP has a slightly longer cord. It's 3 foot as opposed to the 2 and a half foot included NES controller.
There are wiimote extension cables, but I don't know if they can be bought anymore.
Not using the NES controllers defeats one of the objects of this console for me, that it's meant to feel like a real NES. I'm waiting for the extension cables to be readily available in the U.K. I'm getting along ok for the moment, though it is somewhat inconvenient.
I might dig out my SNES Classic Controller for the Wiimote that I got from the old Club Nintendo (much better than digital discounts!), not sure if that cord's any longer? At least it's still a retro experience, just not the correct one!
Remember, this is Retro, not Modern. Retro style = wire.
How's it work?
Good to hear you're enjoying your mini, I've waited this long what's another couple of days right?
Who am I kidding, it's killing me!
I might do the opposite and get a NES Mini controller to use with Wii Virtual Console
@MadAdam81 Yep, EBgames sells the extension leads in Aus, and some other chain retail stores too. Its a Power Wave brand extension cable, says on the packet "FOR USE WITH NES MINI". You can also pick them up on ebay for about $10 Australian.
Home button on both controllers acts as reset and brings you to home menu
I have a pic of the controllers with my mini but cant work out how to post the pic.
because its so difficult to reach over that really short gamepad , the original controllers is entirely the point here as is the reset button.
anyobe else got sound issues with Kirby? mine is dreadful or other games?
I didn't realise the controller port on the mini was the accessory port from the bottom of the Wii remote. Hmm might just buy a classic mini controller so I can play my NES games on my Wii with it
The d-pad on the mini original controller is a bit though. I'm finding the d-pad on the wii classic pro and Wii U smash controllers is better. The only problem with the wii u one is the d-pad is so small, but the b button and a button feels glorious! These smash controllers are really soooooo good!
@YANDMAN Nope, kirby sounds as it should on mine. Are you sure you're remembering it right? It doesnt sound much different to kirby on game boy. Perhaps listen to it on a youtube of someone streaming the nes kirby and see what you think?
@PtM: Ooh, I didn't even think of that! I'll have to dig mine up and see if it works.
Back in my day we had to get off our lazy butts and use a little thing called a reset button
Hope I can snag one of these later today.
@PtM: I would, but unfortunately I've never had the pleasure of owning one. But I think one of the new Smash versions should do - they have pretty long cords.
Should have had a longer cord and a reset button on the controller.
Could one just put a CC into port 2 and use that as a Home button while using an NES Controller for port 1?
It's nuts how much Nintendo missed demand on this. It's going for $300 already on ebay here in the US. How high can it go.
Best Buy, Target, and Walmart all had massive lines, and of course, the Mini NES was sold out lol. That's brand power for ya-- and people thought there wouldn't be much demand for it XD
Yes. Once I can actually buy one.
@YANDMAN there have been reports of issues with the sound emulation, specifically with the noise channel. It's the kind of thing some don't notice, but others can't stand.
Good news. Makes we wonder if they could have or did implement a soft reset with the normal pad, similar to PC Engine had. It was select plus run, but in certain order.
My local Gamestop has 6 of them. I got one and the other 5 were still there at noon. They will probably go quick when people get off work though.
Well that helps things a bit
Thanks mate, good to hear.
I like your Smash controller.
I might have to look into those extension cords too.
I'll see how it goes once I get home.
Chris Scullion had a theory that they've included the NES as a Wii connecting controller because they had once produced a bunch (much like the SNES classic controller) for use with VC games but ultimately decided not to release them, hence the short cable that all of Wii's wired controllers came with. And so when the idea to release this little box came around, Nintendo saw it as an opportunity to off load all the old stocks of NES classic controllers they had lying around. Seems logical if you ask me, and I don't understand why else they would have made the connection a Wii one and not a miniature version of the old connection, if they were going for nostalgia. It's not like the Wii is a current console, and even the Wii U is dead in a few months.
I reckon we'll get another controller with a long wire and home button, at some point.
@SomeBitTripFan you DO know there's companies out there that produce USB-cable replicas of SNES controllers, right? And USB adaptors for SNES controllers (most of them function via DInput rather than XInput though, so you can use them with emulators but not all modern games).
Sadly without button remapping options to allow you to map the buttons to Y & B, this isn't a great option.
Hmmmm... I wonder if the SNES mini will have longer cords. I mean, who can play super Mario kart with another guy right beside him breathing on him because of the short cords? Oh wait... That's my sister.
Why do you think they ran out of stock? Because they ran out of the Wii controllers they already made. It all makes sense.
@bolt05 ive got the actual game so yes i know what it sounds like, mine absolutely defionitely is not correct.
@Baker1000 my thoughts exactly, had same conversation with a friend recently. its too much of a coincidence.
AND... You could also use the "PDP wired fight pad" , but i like the nintendo classic controller from the Wii the best. ( even with the weird wire coming out of the bottom of the controller)
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