I would've otherwise forgotten about it, but Nintendo really wants you to know that their latest cash-grab — I mean, made-for-Black-Friday and stocking stuffer — is released. That's right, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is finally out! ...Do you care at all? Well, I sure didn't when it was announced, and I still don't care, and I don't understand why anyone else possibly would care. (Then again, I'm told I'm bad at empathising with other people's fears in this post-election world.)
So, is there anything notable to say about it now that I didn't mention back in my July article?
No. There's no surprises or anything. It's still a set of 30 pretty standard NES games in a tiny box that you can plug into an HDTV, featuring the suspend points you'd find in a Virtual Console port and some optional pixel-perfect mode.
Actually, I guess there is one thing, and that's how Nintendo is promoting it. ...But that's not about the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition itself.
For one, Nintendo's mini-site has some new developer interviews about a select few of the games, including this one with Yoshio Sakamoto, the developer of Balloon Fight. (It features Satoru Iwata possibly being even more of a programming genius than the story about localising Pokémon Red and Blue.) And then they brought back their 1980s help hotline for their tacky #NESterday hashtag promotion:
|The Nintendo Power Line this time around is “fully automated”, presumably|
over Nintendo of America employees protesting having to staff a gag over Veterans Day Weekend.
If you want more details on what fully automated means, it means everything is pre-recorded, with pre-recorded tips for “several games” that might not even address your question or even game. Have fun.
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate the NES or anything. It's just that... they've been porting over NES games for decades now. It's not like any of these games were previously unavailable. They've been rather plentiful on multiple formats, ranging from Animal Crossing to the Virtual Console.
I might be in the minority, though, since a ton of people want this, and there's limited stock. As you might expect, there's scalping going on (that $60 is a mere MSRP!), and a lot of people are frustrated at not being able to purchase the system. They're taking it out on Amazon reviews:
|At least they're not trying to burn down Nintendo's headquarters or a Japanese flag, like a certain other angry mob in the news.|
One reviewer channeled my thoughts, but worded them differently:
“This was supposed to be a nostalgic impulse purchase but now I've already wasted more than $60 worth of time trying to buy it, which makes it no longer worth the trouble. Thanks Nintendo.”This pretty much is the definition of an impulse buy, isn't it? It's a waste of money and you wouldn't rationally buy the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition if you spent any sort of time thinking about it. So, how do you impulse-buy something that's not in stock? There's a disconnect between the target audience and the supply strategy.
|And with this Customer Review, I have now mentioned Donald Trump in every article this week!|
Have a great weekend, folks!
Update 11/12/2016: Today's GameFAQs Poll of the Day asks about the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Edition, and the results so far are showing I'm actually in the majority position.
Ludwig has felt that he actually stopped being negative towards Nintendo lately, which is a historical departure from KoopaTV's usual tone. Do you want a Nintendo Entertainment System: Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition? Were you even alive to actually have nostalgia for this? Can you explain to KoopaTV the appeal of this thing?!