So a new mini-NES is on the way from Nintendo, and it includes 30 games. Read on...
Nintendo of America said:
If you see a Nintendo Entertainment System on store shelves this holiday shopping season, you haven’t entered a time machine. (Unless everyone around you is wearing acid-washed jeans and neon leg warmers. If that’s the case, you may have unknowingly walked through a rift in the space-time continuum.) The most likely scenario is you are setting eyes on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, launching in stores on Nov. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. That’s right: The NES is back! But this isn’t the same NES that you fondly remember. This new nostalgia-fueled system is a near-identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and plugs directly into your high-definition TV using an included HDMI cable. The console comes complete with 30 NES games built in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure.
“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”
The system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which is patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller. But you really just want to know the full list of 30 games, right? Feast your eyes on the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
Donkey Kong Jr. ™
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
Mario Bros. ™
MEGA MAN® 2
Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.™
Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
The Legend of Zelda™
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
There’s a little something for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing. Each is sure to bring back memories and produce plenty of new ones. You can even enjoy playing several of these games with two players by attaching a second NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used (each sold separately).
When connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. Playing these retro games using a retro controller makes the experience that much more authentic. And if you ever need to step away from the NES Classic Edition in the middle of a tough level (or take a break to call one of Nintendo’s helpful Game Counselors*), don’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress. Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed.
What’s old is new again with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Relive past glories. Finish off that boss you never beat. Save the galaxy and rescue the princess!
*Please only call if you have indeed entered a time machine. The Game Counselor program no longer exists in 2016.
So what do y'all think? Looks pretty cool to me...
Welp, called Toys 'R Us right after church and they answered the phone with "We're currently sold out of NES Classics." So much for that! Maybe I'll just pass on this dumb thing and get an AVS down the line or something.
Nintendo always plays it safe, right? This is not new. I don't think this is intentional for frenzy purposes - they are literally missing out on making money right now. It would be stupid to do, especially since right now their main console is floundering. They have stock holders to appease.
It's pretty clearly a historically conservative company continuing to practice conservative manufacturing. They also don't sell consoles at losses, remember.
@J.K. Riki I would agree with you if they only sent 50 units per store, or something reasonable like that, but my GameStop in Brooklyn told me they got 1, just 1, and that the other stores had the same allotment.
In what world does a company only expect to sell 10 units of a product in a city of 4 million people?
(Btw I''m just guessing that there are about 10 Gamestops in Brooklyn, there are probably more)
I think it's probably better to look at things from a global scale, yes? You can produce X number of units in Y amount of time for Z amount of money. You then send those units out into the world, distributing them as wisely as possible. If you want to send more, you can either 1) Delay the product or 2) Spend Z+a money to produce more, but you must balance the cost of a to see if it is worthwhile. If it is questionable, I do not believe conservative Nintendo would do it.
I also will tell you, from experience, when I worked at a GameStop we made up so much crap it was unbelievable. When something popular came in, the employees snatched up a large amount of the shipment in the back room before it even went on sale. We hyped things off the top of our heads, because that was the culture at the store I worked at (and I was young and thought it was the cool thing to do or whatever). Having worked at GameStop, I trust them about as far as I can lift up one of their stores and chuck it down the road.
For all I know, Nintendo is doing this on purpose. I do not see the benefit to them at this point in time, and historically this lines up with how they operate. I've laid out the reasoning for why I think this is business as usual and not false scarcity, but everyone obviously has to make that call themselves.
@J.K. Riki It doesn't matter to me if they are doing it on purpose or because they're incompetent either way it's impossible to get one. I hope Switch isn't like this, but I doubt it will be, even if they only produce 2 million units (as rumored) that's 1.999 million more than they made for the classic (I'm guessing they made about 10,000 total for North America?)
Is that guess based on anything in particular? Merely curious.
As for the Switch launch, I imagine it will be FAR less of an issue because 1) It is not a proven system for a really cheap price that is driven by huge amounts of nostalgia and 2) More importantly it launches in March when few people care. :)
@J.K. Riki Well 1 per GameStop, Amazon sold out in like 2 seconds so they had maybe 200? 500? Then some random Best Buy's and targets got 1 or 2 per store?
I mean who really knows, maybe it was 100,000? But it certainly wasn't 1 million or anything close to what a normal console would launch at. It would be interesting to know what the actual numbers are. I'd be curious to compare the number of NES Classics Nintendo shipped to retailers vs. PS4 Pros Sony shipped.
Pah! Went to Gamestop this morning at 7:30 to try to snag one and there were already the maximum number of people (3!) in line. Enough of this! It's not like a new Zelda or whatever; I can wait until it's readily available to play games I already own.
It's kind of surprising to me that my fellow Negative Worlders would go out of their way to get one of these. They are neat, and I'd get one, too, if I could easily obtain one, but I'm sure we all have ten ways to play these games.
The NPD reported that the NES Classic sold 196,000 units in November. For comparison, the Famicom Mini sold 262,000 units during its first week in Japan.
Whether someone wants to believe Nintendo purposefully limited stock or just grossly underestimated demand, the bottom line is that they dropped the ball here. I'm sure we at least agree on that. How they didn't think they could sell a million of these in November, I'll not understand.
My wife has been on the look-out for one these things as a secret surprise for me for Christmas.
Today she said, "Best Buy will have some NES Minis on Tuesday morning but I'll have to go early in the morning to hopefully get a ticket." She didn't want to tell me, but she was really torn on whether to go (she'd have to drag the kids with her in the cold weather and we'd have to borrow our in-laws' car since I'll have ours at work).
I told her to not bother. It is totally, totally not worth it. What utter garbagio. I am seriously disinterested in the thing now unless it falls into our laps.