Video Games

The Plight of the NES Classic

Back in July, Nintendo made an announcement that gave all nostalgia-seekers chills up and down their spines. It was the NES Classic, a mini system that held 30 of our favorite Nintendo games all to be played to our heart’s content.

No more would we have to scour garage sales and flea markets in hopes of finding an original Nintendo, let alone pay upwards of $30 for our favorite retro games. They were all in one place…and the system would even allow multiple suspend points (and no passwords!). All for the neat retail price of $59.99. Then, November 11th showed up and all but the very few were left to be disappointed. Nintendo, in either its infinite wisdom or sheer ineptitude, didn’t ship enough units. The dang thing sold out in minutes.

Since then, new shipments have come and gone and still, no NES Classic for the masses. (Unless you want to pay three to ten times its worth on eBay.)

So now what?

How in the world can I play my favorite games?

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

What’s more, what happens next? With the unmitigated success the NES Classic has proven to be, Nintendo is sure to roll out a second version next year. Since the current version has no expansion ports, quite possibly with 30 new games. (I for one will be holding out for Paperboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tetris, and Duck Tales).

And what about the inevitable release of SNES Classic? You’re telling me people won’t be poised to spend $59.99 for the opportunity to play Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Mortal Kombat, Ken Griffey Baseball, or Turtles in Time?

While the slow-as-molasses release of the NES Classic has surely lead to the casual nostalgia gamer’s sad Christmas morning, patience is a true virtue and remember…it’s not like their going to discontinue it before everyone can get one, right? Right?


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