AYANEO unveils ANOTHER retro gaming mini PC, and this one is definitely NOT inspired by Nintendo (don't tell the lawyers)

AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02 near retro TV and controllers.
(Image credit: AYANEO)

What you need to know

  • AYANEO is a gaming handheld company that has recently branched out into making mini PCs. 
  • It's latest Retro Mini PC AM02 has a design that is very similar to the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from the 80s. 
  • The AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02 is currently available for purchase at Indiegogo with prices varying by configuration. 

If you've been paying attention to AYANEO lately, you'll have noticed that the gaming handheld company has been branching out into mini PCs over the last few months. What's more, the tech company has been on a nostalgic kick recently, producing devices that have an 80s or 90s feel to them. This can be seen with AYANEO's first mini PC offering, the Retro Mini PC AM01, which was a Windows 11 device designed to look like one of the original Macintosh computers. But now, the company has launched the AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02, and its design was definitely inspired by the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). 

AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02 features an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS and comes in different RAM and SSD configurations. (Image credit: AYANEO)
AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02

Early bird pricing: Starting at $439.99
OS: Windows 11 Home | Barebone
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7840HSU
RAM: 16GB | 32GB DDR5 5600MHz Dual Channel
Storage: 512GB | 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Software: AyaSpace 2.0
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E / Bluetooth 5.2
Power rating: 20V 5A
Screen: 4-inch multifunctional touchscreen
Heat Dissipation: 45W
Ports: 1x USB-C 4, 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB-A 2.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x RJ45 2.5G port, 1x RJ45 Gigabit port, 1x USB-C power port, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions:
~5.7 x 5.2 x 1.9 inches (146 x 134 x 48mm)
Weight: 538g (standard edition), 515g (Barebone edition)

Nintendo is a jealous god who quickly resorts to legal recourse when it comes to fan-made creations and other companies' products that too closely resemble its devices and game characters. But it seems that AYANEO did a good job of creating a design for the AM02 that easily gets the vibe of the Japanese gaming company's classic console without overtly stealing it. 

Both are boxy with a hinged cover that opens to reveal places to insert objects — in the case of the NES this would be an NES game cartridge, but for the AM02 this makes it easy for users to access a USB-C port, two USB-A ports, and a headphone jack. Meanwhile, additional ports, including an HDMI 2.0 port and a DisplayPort 1.4, are located on the backside.

Of course, the AM02 has a modernized look that feels sleek. Plus, there's that four-inch multitouch screen on top of it, which is ideal for displaying graphics or relaying system performance information for users to glance at quickly. 

Each configuration for the AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02 features an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU, which has plenty of power for entry-to-mid-level gaming, and can also be useful for school usage, office work, or even personal needs. There are a few configurations that allow you to choose the amount of RAM and SSD storage you want. There's also a much less expensive barebones option for those who want to have complete control over what kind of memory and storage is placed into the casing. 

Our own Colton Stradling's classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  (Image credit: Colton Stradling / Windows Central)

All in all, the AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02 is a very lightweight device with great components and a compact shape that makes it ideal for people with limited space and also a great pick for people on a budget. It very well could end up on our list of the very best mini PCs

AYANEO has historically launched their products on Indigogo and the same goes for the latest Retro Mini PC AM02. There are four configurations available and they can be purchased at discounted early bird prices for a limited time.

  • Ryzen 7 7840HS Barebone: $479 early bird price $439
  • Ryzen 7 7840HS + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD: $599 early bird price $529
  • Ryzen 7 7840HS + 16GB RAM + 1TB SSD: $639 early bird price $569
  • Ryzen 7 7840HS + 32GB RAM + 1TB SSD: $699 early bird price $629
AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02: See configurations at Indiegogo

AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM02: See configurations at Indiegogo

Get ready to use this mini PC for gaming, work, or everyday use. It features an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS with up to 32GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD or storage. There are plenty of ports for connecting your various devices and it has a fun retro design, reminiscent of the Nintendo Entertainment System, that has nostalgic vibe.

I shouldn't be surprised, but it is frankly startling to see that AYANEO is once more revealing a mini PC. The AM01 predecessor only just launched back in November, after all. But AYANEO is a very prolific company that is known for frequently revealing gaming handhelds and other devices throughout a given year. 

Despite the fast turnaround, it's nice to see more trustworthy mini PCs hitting the market. These devices are far less expensive than traditional desktops and laptops while still offering plenty of power to meet your various needs. Gaming desktops and gaming laptops in particular can be incredibly expensive, so it's nice having budget options out there for people to choose from. Especially, right now when many people are being more conscientious of their spending. 

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's gaming editors with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of game guides, previews, features, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).