In November of 2016, Nintendo released the surprise hit that was the NES Classic. Not only was it a success with retro gamers, it was also a hit with a younger generation of game players as well. It was so successful that a sequel version of it based on the Super NES console was released the following year. Nintendo has officially announced that they will resume production of the original NES Classic system this coming summer, for those that missed out on previous shipments, although it is for a rather unique reason.
The NES Classic became a hit for fans and newcomers of the Nintendo console that started it all, and for a variety of reasons as well. Some people liked the easy connectivity and lack of lag on modern HDTV’s, and others fell in love when it was discovered that it was easily hackable to install additional ROMs into memory. However, due to a very limited supply of systems available when it was originally released, it was in very high demand with few people being able to get their hands on it. This also brought scalpers to the table, that were charging as much as 5 times the original price through online auction sites. The original model was officially discontinued in April of last year, after selling over 2.3 million units.
At Nintendo’s quarterly briefing statement released recently, they had this to say about the NES Classic’s return, which actually involves their current console, the Nintendo Switch:
“We have announced that we will resume production for NES Classic Edition this year. We plan to continue selling NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition this year. We view them as an opportunity to garner interest in Nintendo Switch from those who have not interacted with video games in a long time, or ever.”
There is no word on if the new batch with have any improvements, game changes or other physical changes when compared to the original model, nor if it is known if the price will remain the same this time around. The original model sold for just under $60, and contained 30 games from the systems library. New shipments of the NES Classic are scheduled to be shipped in the summer of 2018.