I read a headline today. It was “Nintendo relives the past with new console release”. A NEW CONSOLE RELEASE? AHHH! IT MUST BE NINTENDO FINALLY ANNOUNCING DETAILS ABOUT THE NX! After all, they said it'd be after E3, and they're already front and centre in the minds of everyone because of that mobile-disaster-I-won't-name.
...But no, it's about as “new” as New Super Mario Bros.. What Nintendo actually announced was the “Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.” See the header for why that's a dumb name.
It's $60, coming out November 11. So, want to see what it looks like?
|In case you forgot, the actual NES was...bigger than the palm of your hand.|
Uh... right. Details. Well, as you see in the above picture, it comes with that NES controller and THIRTY GAMES INCLUDED. (You cannot obtain any more, and cannot use actual NES cartridges.) Nintendo provides a list in their press release here. It plugs into high-definition televisions and comes with an HDMI cable. So... um... why is this a thing?
I do think that Nintendo wants to capitalise on the sudden wave of nostalgia people have for them. We know Nintendo and Pokémon are separate from one another, but the people feelin' this wave of nostalgia don't necessarily know that. So, if nostalgia from 20 years ago gets people going, why not nostalgia from 30?
Speaking of 30, let's talk about that 30-game pack-in. One of the ways the NES differentiated itself from its cheap “competitors” (or, unlicensed garbage on the console) is that competitors had crap like 52 games in one for Action 52. Or 50 games in one for Cassette 50. To compare, every legit NES cartridge was its own game. For the most part. There were... some compilations. Not to the scale of 30, though.
The Power Player Super Joy III “console” had 76 games in one, all built in (or thousands times more, depending on what you think of the marketing). And some of those included actual Nintendo-owned games that'll be in the NES: NES CE. Just not legally.
Ludwig never owned one of those crappy compilation games. He almost wants to so he can laugh about how bad it is, unless they are so bad it's bad. Fortunately, the games on the NES: NES CE are tried-and-true, though he doesn't think all of them are good and definitely doesn't recommend them all.
If you want an experience kinda similar to Punch-Out!! on the NES, try Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!! made by KoopaTV!
It's November 11, and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is released! To high demand and low supply.
Ludwig never understood the appeal of the NES: NES CE, but now he won't have to since it's discontinued.
While the NES: NES CE got discontinued, next year brings the SNES: SNES CE.