Earlier this year Japanese tech giant Nintendo announced the holy grail of dad gadgets: a repackaged emulator of the 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System, redubbed the NES Classic Edition. Is harsh grey lines now reduced to comical size, it comes with thirty beloved games, like the original Legend of Zelda, Castlevania and Donkey Kong. It looked set to please old school gamers plus introduce a whole new generation to some landmark titles.
However, for a company which briefly transformed society with the release of mobile app Pokemon Go, Nintendo botched the whole launch with a meagre manufacturing output, making it almost impossible to buy the retro device. As a video game fan who has leant towards Sony’s Playstation over the years, I was curious to pick up a NES Classic. The console seems to have drawn far more interest than anticipated by the company, hence rip-off re-sale prices you can find online.
If better planned then it could've been a successful stocking filler, now the company looks somewhat out of touch with what people want - paradoxical considering the zeitgeist that was Pokemon Go. It seems like they neglected their longtime fans, a risky move in the cut-throat gaming industry, but if you're hungering after a classic gaming experience then - for now - prepare to fork out on eBay (or download from the internet, it's 2016 after all).
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