Just recently Nintendo flooded the gaming world with the Pokemon Go game. Early Thursday of last week, Pokemon Go had an estimated of 7.5 million downloads on IOS and Google Play. The Apple store alone had $1.6M in daily revenue. Pretty impressive right?
So what’s next?
Today, Nintendo has announced the “Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Mini”. It’s an exact replica of the original NES back in 1985, but a mini version of it.
Here’s what we know so far:
The NES: Classic Mini comes with 30 games which are pre-installed in the system(no more cartridge blowing), HDMI cable and 1 controller. The mini system connects directly to your HDTV via an HDMI cable. I’m guessing it will have an increase in resolution because of the HD connection. The controller that is included is also a replica of the original classic controller, but normal size. The NES: Classic Mini will be available in North America and Europe November 11, 2016 for $59.99 USD. You could also buy additional controllers each for $9.99 USD.
The new controllers have the ability to connect to a Wii U Remote so that you could play Virtual Console games.
Official list of games pre-installed on the NES: Classic Mini.
- Balloon Fight™
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Donkey Kong™
- Donkey Kong Jr. ™
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario™
- FINAL FANTASY®
- GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
- Ice Climber™
- Kid Icarus™
- Kirby’s Adventure™
- Mario Bros. ™
- MEGA MAN® 2
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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™
Right now, it is unclear if the system is able to expand your library of games. With this impressive list of retro games included it will be difficult to resist purchasing the package. If you are one of those that “must have it” on day one, simply pre-order when the system if it is available.
The release date of November 11, 2016 pushes the product into the Holiday shopping territory. If Nintendo does not meet the supply and demand, there will be an obvious issue. It’s expected that “Holiday Scalpers” (I think that’s what they’re called) would stockpile the systems and sell them at 300% of the retail price. Parents with young children are easy targets to “Holiday Scalpers”. It’s okay if your loved ones didn’t get an NES: Classic Mini. Bundles and deals(aka: wave 2) are more enticing than what is offered in the Day 1 release. The PS4, sold in limited quantities at launch had people selling each unit for $3000 plus on Ebay. Don’t get scammed with overpriced products from sellers and be patient. There are way better deals if you just wait a little.