It seems that Nintendo may finally be waking up and realizing the stock problems its Classic line has had. Not to mention the headache said stock problem has caused for consumers.
A quick once-over of Ebay auctions for the SNES Classic tell the same story of the NES Classic. Low supply, outrageous re-listings.
Those who wanted to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition back in the fall of last year are likely still left with a sour taste in their mouths thanks to Nintendo not knowing how to make enough of them to meet demand. We have seen the same issue with Nintendo’s next “Classic” product- the SNES Classic (which has even less games this time around, although being able to officially play Star Fox 2 for the first kind time have a certain degree of appeal). Walmart has cancelled pre-orders for quite a few people, and just like last time, scalpers have been quick to the draw. Once again, it would appear that this line of Nintendo’s is winding up in the hands of greedy resellers rather than people who actually…oh, I don’t know…want to USE the damn thing.
Star Fox 2, which was intended to release for the actual SNES, has never been made to be playable officially until its inclusion on the SNES Classic Edition. Nintendo halted the game’s production in 1995 and moved it over to the new system they were working on, the Nintendo 64 (known as the Ultra 64 in that timeframe). Up until this point, the only way to play has been through playing the prototype ROM through emulation or purchasing a reproduction cartridge of this ROM. (Photo from http://www.vizzed.com)
Nintendo has made an attempt to reassure consumers according to Gamespot.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned on September 10 that Nintendo has “dramatically increased” production for SNES Classic stock. From one per store to two? Come on now. All the reassuring in the world means nothing without some numbers to back. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if my wild guess were true at this point.
In addition, there are plans to bring the NES Classic back into production in 2018 (which Nintendo discontinued up until this point, pissing off quite a few consumers and perhaps one of the main reasons why the #HeyNintendo hashtag trended on Twitter).
“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites … You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Aime said.
Indeed we shouldn’t. In fact, there’s plenty of means available in this day and age to play Super Nintendo games (and not just the ones Ninty hand-picked, but all of them and then some), depending on your ethics as a gamer and consumer.
(Top: The Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer-on-a-chip, can be easily programmed as a system to play just about any retro title you want. Photo-www.adafruit.com)
(Bottom: Those who want their Pi to look closer to the real deal can purchase custom cases online or use a 3D printer to make their own. Photo-www.etzy.com)
Any computer from this century and most smartphones are capable of emulation (although, legally, I probably couldn’t get away with telling you where to get the files…Google) for those just looking to play these games again. For the more tech savvy (and patient) individual, there’s the Raspberry Pi. The latter approach will not only grant you access to just about any console and PC game up until the late 90s from the comfort of the living room, but can be built for less than the MSRP of the SNES Classic depending on what you may have available on hand. I built one myself after seeing the fiasco from the NES Classic for about $40, and while it was pretty frustrating working with Linux (an OS I had no experience with prior), I had just about any retro game I could want to play ready to go on my 55 inch flat panel in a few hours.
What are your thoughts on the SNES Classic and these claims that the situation will get better? Do you have faith in Nintendo keeping their word on the matter?