With the recent release of the difficult-to-find NES Classic (sold on Amazon), Nintendo continues its trend of attempting to monetize the nostalgia fans all over are willing to pay good money for.
If you are not aware, the NES Classic is a replica “re-release” of the classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. The system connects via HDMI and utilizes an emulation system to play the included 30 classic titles, no cartridges required.
Out of Stock
In a move that has become a Nintendo forte, the NES Classic is already out of stock. You can’t buy one currently, much to glee of re-sellers, who have bought up what they can and are filling up eBay. I’ve seen most priced at $350 (it retails for $60) all the way up into the thousands.
People will point blame to Nintendo for either failing to anticipate its popularity or intentionally reducing stock. Either way, they claim that more are on the way, but for now you are out of luck.
Playing up the Nostalgia
Nintendo hit the nostalgia nerve perfectly over the summer with Pokemon Go. Casual fans were addicted to the phone app, and the subsequent preorders of Sun and Moon went through the roof.
Before Go, Nintendo re-released the original Pokemon games on virtual console, complete with trading and even a Super Bowl ad. Its the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon, so Nintendo has taken full advantage.
NES Classic continues the retro vibe, reaching back to the beginning of console gaming. With the WiiU officially in the rearview mirror, Nintendo needed a little something for the Christmas season, and the NES appears to have delivered.
Personal Favorites on the System
The system includes 30 games, and they are for the most part the most popular titles from the original system. Here are some of my favorites:
Kirby’s Adventure holds a special place in my heart as the first game I ever officially beat. It was one of the only games I had on the original NES that could save your progress in multiple files. Since most of the games on the system were “Nintendo hard,” I needed the safety net of a save file to actually beat something.
The game is a great platformer starring everyone’s favorite pink blob Kirby. The gameplay consists of different “worlds” comprised of numerous levels and mini games, that ultimately culminate in a boss fight. Stealing enemies powers is the main mechanic, and the levels contain lots of secrets.
Definitely give this one a try, even if its not on the NES Classic. It’s a great game from a time long past.
The first game in one of the most famous game series of all time. The original Final Fantasy had you build out your party and then grind your way through random battles until completion. If you thought modern games had grinding, this game went for random encounters quite hard.
The game was re-released on Gameboy Advance (which is probably the better version) but really shows were the series came from. Some of the iconic characters and enemies of the series started here.
Super Mario Bros. 3
All of the Mario games are included, but my favorite of the bunch was the third installment. While the first is iconic, the second was very different for a Mario game. The third brought together clean platforming, fun levels, and interesting worlds for a great experience.
Replete with secrets and hidden items, the game became a way to show off how far you could get in the game without really playing many of the levels (hello Mr. Flute). The game promoted speed, and gave us the Tanooki suit. Play it now.
The NES Classic is a great idea to bring back a lot of great games that are slowly becoming unavailable through legitimate channels with Nintendo’s strange online store decisions. However, with low initial stock, the console is currently impossible to get your hands on. If you manage to do so, the game is packed with some classics that are worthy of a replay.
Have you bought one? What were your favorite NES games? Comment below!