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Saturday, November 12, 2016

3015 - NES Classic Out Now... But Good Luck Finding One

The NES Classic Edition plug-n-play is out now... and hard to find. Checked the local Toys-R-Us and they're sold out. Best Buy isn't stocking them. Ditto Walmart. The only place I found to have em is the flea market, but they're charging more than I'd care for. So if you're on the hunt, you'll have to luck out in the wild or pay a Brinks truck worth online.

Reposting an older blog post:

A plug-and-play NES console with 30 built-in NES titles, HDMI output, and suspending play functionality? And you can (possibly) use the included controller on the Wii (U) Virtual Console? That's actually pretty sweet. And the list of games included is nice, varied, and not strictly first-party. Mind you; there's a couple games I would rather have in there over others. Would've been nice to have Castlevania III in there to complete the trilogy or one of the Natsume titles like Shatterhand, Shadow of the Ninja, or the Power Blade games... toss in the Lost Levels instead of flippin' Ice Climber. But... baby steps.

NES plug-and-plays have existed before (in less official capacities and also, quite frankly, much shoddier build qualities), but an officially licensed one from Nintendo is a rarity. Who knows? It might do well for those who haven't dumped money into a Wii or a Wii U and just want a nice, convenient piece of nostalgia to play their old favorites. Or maybe some folks will just want the controller for nostalgia sessions on their Wii.

And please don't bother with the tired "emulators" route. The fact is some folks don't like or don't want to go that route and would prefer more official means. How many Sega Genesis plug-and-plays are floating out there and still making? The things obviously sell, so there's an interest.

Here's the full list for those who don't want to click the link above.

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

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