from the amiibo-philosophy dept.
Nintendo has announced that it will cease production of the 30-game NES Classic Edition plug-and-play system by the end of the month, even though retailers have been unable to keep the system on store shelves for pretty much the entirety of its six-month run on the market so far. In a statement provided to IGN, a Nintendo representative said:
Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.
[...] The fact that the miniature unit could be hacked to run any number of NES ROMs (or even to run Linux) may have had something to do with that surge of interest.
Also at The Verge.
A Nintendo press release promotes the company's upcoming product, which may be available during the "holiday shopping season." Enclosed in a case that imitates the styling of the Nintendo Entertainment System, the future console is to have an HDMI video output and will include 30 built-in games which the company describes as "retro." It will also include a controller; a second controller (not supported by all of the games) is to be sold for $10. The console is intended to sell for about $60, and will come with an HDMI cable and AC adapter.
The possibility of playing other games instead of the pre-loaded ones was not mentioned.
[Continues with a complete list of the 30 pre-loaded games...]
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In yet another example that nostalgia is one hell of a drug, the newly released $60 dollar Famicom Classic Mini (the Japanese version of the NES Classic) has managed to sell like hot cakes in Nintendo's native country of Japan.
According to a report by MCV based on sales figures provided by Japanese games website Famitsu, the tiny NES Classic Mini has sold over 263k units in its first 4 days on store shelves. The little machine has a host of classic NES games installed on its hard drive and is sure to be a blast from the past for everyone who grew up in the early-to-mid-90s.
[...] The NES Classic Mini launched in Western territories on November 11 and has since gone on to sell out in many stores thanks to Nintendo's limited supply, which has led to third party sellers increasing the price of the device as the consumer demand for the console remains higher than the current supply.
Following the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has announced a September release of another miniature, retro game console with pre-loaded games. It will come in two versions: one for Europe, Australia, Japan and the UK; the other for America. They will differ in styling and in the included games. US Gamer lists the games that will be built into both versions. Star Fox 2, written circa 1995, is to be released for the first time as one of the built-in games.
The consoles will be powered by USB and will not include a mains adaptor; output will be over HDMI and
all games included in the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System are the original US 60 Hz releases.
Two controllers will be hard-wired.
- official announcement (in Japanese)
- Polygon (about short supply)
- Express (about short supply in UK)
- BBC News
- Wikipedia article
- The Verge (about Star Fox 2)
- Polygon (about Star Fox 2)