The NES Classic Edition is one of the most sought-after things in all of gaming right now. It is so sought-after, its restock at Walmart is already sold out after the retailer began taking pre-orders on its website. The console will be re-released on June 29th, and it still comes with its 30 games. Which includes Metroid, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and more for $59.99.
But here is what is most confusing about Nintendo’s handling of pre-orders for the NES Classic Edition’s re-release. No information as to when and where you can or could pre-order one was or has been given. Not on Nintendo’s website, or the websites of various U.S. based retailers. If you were to type NES Classic Edition into the search bar on Amazon, the console is nowhere to be found. That is outside of third-party retailers selling it for way more than its retail price.
It is great seeing Nintendo putting more NES Classic Editions on store shelves. After all, they did sell 2.3 million units in 2017. Nintendo has even said both the NES and SNES Classic Editions will be on sale “Through the end of the year”. But if they cannot meet demand by the end of the year, why stop selling them? These things are selling out everywhere and are the Tickle Me Elmo of this generation.
It would seem foolish to put an end to both so prematurely. It is understandable Nintendo wants the Switch to be its big player. But the mini versions of classic consoles can do something the Switch cannot. Bridge the gap between new and older generations of gamers. They are the perfect catalysts to get a child or someone of a younger age into gaming and see how the industry has evolved over time. Plus the controllers for both consoles make it easier for disabled gamers to get into gaming as well.
By limiting their sale to a year or in the re-release of the NES Classic’s case six months, Nintendo is doing themselves a huge disservice. Both from a fan and business standpoint. Whether or not Nintendo decides to extend the shelf life of both consoles remains to be seen. But it would be nice if they kept customers up to date on when and where they are available.
Just by telling people when and where they can pre-order and purchase the consoles, Nintendo has removed the frustrating digital shell game its customers have to currently go through. Customers would be happier and Nintendo would be raking in money. But instead, people are left roaming the internet in a digital version of Jingle All The Way. The NES Classic is really fun to play and its list of games is incredible.
For a long time, people have been looking forward to being able to play their favorite NES games without the need of using their lung capacity to blow on cartridges. Nintendo has delivered on making that dream a reality. It would be amazing if the dream was able to keep on going. This way more and more people can experience it and as mentioned earlier, introduce their kids to the games they played when they themselves were young.