Monday, November 14, 2016
NES Classic Edition: The Waiting Game
This past Friday, the NES Classic Edition released at long last. I've been looking forward to this thing for months. Sure, the NES Classic is nothing new. We've seen dozens of systems like this before with built in games. But the NES Classic is one of the few to have care put into it. The games run well and sound great. Sure, not all of the 30 games on the NES Classic are masterpieces, but packing Super Mario Bros. 1-3, Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Pac-Man, and Bubble Bobble into the same box for $60 is a pretty sweet deal. You know what would be even sweeter? If people could actually get their hands on the darn thing.
Nintendo, showing us that they have learned absolutely nothing from the amiibo craze two years go supplied retailers with a very small amount of NES Classic Edition Units. And of course scalpers rolled out in full force, snatching what units were available up and then reselling them online for insane prices. There are those that are reselling it for over $300 and such. But you've also got money hungry fools asking for over $1000 for the thing. But they give you free shipping, so that makes them a saint, right?
You've heard the saying "Don't feed the trolls." Well, don't feel the scalpers. You might want to get your kid, friend or significant other an NES Classic Edition for Christmas but I doubt they'd want you to spend an absurd amount of cash to get one. Eventually, more will become available, you need only be patient. There are plenty of other retro options available to you.