Announced via retro-throwback trailer in July 2016, the NES Classic (Mini) promised to be the holiday’s hot new stocking stuffer. When November 2016 rolled around, it seemed that the only thing the NES Classic was stuffing were the pockets of scalpers eager to make a buck.
What is the NES Classic, you ask? Well, it’s a retro-recreation of the NES that comes with 30 built-in games all shoved into an adorable little package that fits in your hand all for $60. It outputs in HD, allows for multiple save states for every game, and features different display styles for optimal viewing. It’s the perfect gift for any Nintendo fan, regardless of age… or rather; it would be if you could actually get your hands on one.
Since its release, the NES Classic has remained an elusive item for practically everyone to get, as most stores only received limited initial stock and various small shipments periodically thereafter. I only managed to get my hands on one through sheer luck, as a coworker accidentally ordered two from Best Buy during their last online stock shipment. Ironically, the same system that prevented me from being able to order one, as people were buying multiple copies, led to me eventually getting one.
If you were one of the many that didn’t manage to snag one, but still wants to give Nintendo your money… too bad. Nintendo announced that they were discontinuing the product and that the last of the shipments would go out end of April; a move so baffling the only way to describe it is a “typical Nintendo” move. If you’ve seen any of the other articles I’ve written about Nintendo, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they discontinued the NES Classic because that’s just that they do, and have been doing for years now.
Their official reason behind the move was due to not having “unlimited resources” to produce the NES Classic alongside other Nintendo consoles. Okay, fair enough. I mean, that makes sense. It’s not like Nintendo’s a multi-billion dollar corporation that specializes in video game hardware/software manufacturing. Oh wait…
Wait… what’s this New 2DS XL, I see? Is this the 2DS version of the New 3DS XL system, complete with a clamshell design? IT IS! Oh, well, okay. I was wrong; this is completely necessary. Of course we need a 5th spin-off line of a six year old system that’s close to being on its way out. As we all know, the 3D on all the other systems was always on, with no way to turn it off. /sarcasm
Look, I got the thing and I’m still super bitter about this for everyone that didn’t. It’s not just the NES Classic either; it’s everything Nintendo has dumped out recently that’s caused us all annoyance and disappointment. Nintendo was a toy company in its early days and hasn’t stepped out of that mindset to meet consumer demands. They produce small quantities of products and then unleash them onto the world; which are then quickly snatched up by scalpers. When we question and complain, Nintendo either ignores it or doubles down on the rhetoric that these items were meant to be seen as collectibles with limited supplies. If you didn’t get one: too bad; so sad. Better luck next time.
I would likely be less upset if they were upfront about things to begin with. There was never any indication that the NES Classic was going to be a limited run product meant for the holiday season—it wasn’t until none of us could get one that they went through their usual backpedaling.
With whispers of the SNES Classic on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before we’re back here in the same position; complaining about Nintendo again and why they won’t take our money.