Summary of key findings:
Yeah, definitely check out this link, everyone. It even has a detailed test video by the poster:
It has a weird latency in the menu that persists for about half the audio loop, then comes back to normal. It also is missing the crazy CRT filter and replaced it with a different scaling/AR option. Great link, I'd been meaning to catch up on that thread. Thanks, PCESlayer.
Also, the user, obirux, tested games for about 5 minutes each and found these quirks:
Mega Man 2 (Missing Sounds/SFX)
Super Mario Bros 2 (Faster Speed)
Super Mario Bros 3 (Faster Speed)
Hooking it up to USB shows an unusable drive/device, and hakchi doesn't work. Who knows how hackable the device will be discovered to be in time.
Recently a GAFer spotted an NES Classic Mini clone from a seller on AliExpress (update: the AliExpress listing has vanished) which more closely resembled a legit NES Classic Mini than others had before, complete with Wii Classic Controller connectors and Micro-USB inputs. AliBaba has similar listings, but for ones with legit-looking NES Classic boxes included. Now those versions appear to have made their way to eBay. Here's some photos taken from a listing by an eBay seller with only 1 feedback:
Box looks good.
Huh. Logo looks kinda crooked, and the grey color looks a little more tan than expected (could be lighting, though).
Made in China, just like the official ones, okay.
Why are there prominent extra ridges around the A+B button squares?
And that Nintendo logo looks a little rough. Let's check out how it compares to the official...
Yeah, the Nintendo logo looks way cleaner and more accurate on the official controller.
Here's the real kicker, though. Check out the menu:
Looks legit at a glance. But compared with the official, note the following telltale differences:
- Game title font size is smaller
- Different spacing above the icons at the top
- 1P/2P boxes use a different pixel-font.
- Font on SELECT and START button icons is different
- 5 full game boxes are visible at once instead of only 4 with 2 cut-off on the sides.
Screengrab of the Official NES Classic Mini's menu:
Anyway, just be aware. If you're still in the market for an NES Classic Mini and stumble across these as either US or European units, and the price seems too good to be true...it might be!
Now someone do a teardown and performance comparison please
I found a couple of videos of the device in action linked on what looks like a Spanish-speaking forum:
Note the first video claims it used the "kachikachi" emulator, which is the name of the emulator used in the NES Classic.