If you’re a child of the 80s, chances are you grew up with a Family Computer.
Not the kind of computer we know of today, but the popular gaming machine from Nintendo.
The red-and-white console debuted in 1983 and was meant primarily for Japan but found its way through much of Southeast Asia also. The rest of the world got the more basic-looking Nintendo Entertainment System or NES.
I was the happiest kid alive the day my parents finally agreed to buy my sister and I one.
I spent many sleepless nights warping through worlds in hopes that I’d find and rescue Princess Peach. Super Mario was one of my favorites games, something I’ve taken with me to adulthood.
Today, his three dimensional likeness is a far cry from the 8-bit figure that jumped across my TV screen. I fell in love with Super Mario at a time when game discs or digital downloads were yet to come of age. Back then, games came in cartridges that you’d sometimes have to blow into to get working.
This week, Nintendo gives gamers of all ages an easy way relive their rich gaming past with the release of a super-cute, miniature replica of the Famicom from three decades ago. Not just a model, but one you can actually play games on.
The box looks exactly the same as the original, albeit many times smaller.
The console, too, is so small it can fit in the palm of your hands.
Lengthwise, it’s roughly the size of an iPhone.
Even the controllers have been shrunk down, both still hardwired to the console.
While on the outside, there’s no denying this console was born out of the eighties, the 2016 mini version has much more power and comes with significant updates that make it playable this generation.
It’s got updated ports that make it compatible with modern TVs.
It comes preloaded with 30 classic games.
Includes Super Mario, PacMan, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy II, to name a few.
And now lets you save your game progress.
Yes, there was a time when the only way to save progress was to pause the game and to keep the console running while you slept.
If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, the console offers three display modes.
There’s a very retro CRT style that can give your 4K TV scan lines just like the ones old tube televisions had back then.
In the Philippines, the Nintendo Family Computer retails for P4,595 — that’s a quarter of the price of a PlayStation 4. It sells for 5,980 yen, roughly $60, in its native Japan. Interested? Of course. Unfortunately for you and the rest of the world, it is currently sold out. But Nintendo promises that it will restock soon, hopefully in time for the holidays.