NOTE: This was originally written as a Nerdvana News Update, but due to illness has been reformatted as an article with accompanying video/audio announcement.
I’m just gonna leave this video here. This is a news brief that played on college radio shortly after the announcement of the NES Classic Edition all-in-one system’s discontinuation. (The video is from the NES game Werewolf: The Last Warrior and is representative of how I felt at the time of the announcement.)
I think the video description says it all, but suffice to say those of us who grew up the with the NES were a bit perturbed by the inability to acquire a Classic Mini system. Thankfully, there are — ahem — ways to get around the issue, but it still seemed a tad short-sighted on Nintendo’s part. For the most part, scalpers and extremely dedicated folks got the system.
To add insult to injury, GameStop must have hoarded a shipment of them, as they were giving them away during text-based contests as recently as last month. The whole thing is a massive debacle, in my opinion. Many Nintendo fans worry the new Super NES Classic Edition will follow the same route. It doesn’t help that Walmart has been canceling pre-orders and GameStop is only selling the system bundled with unrelated “accessories,” ostensibly to “add value” to the consumer’s retro fix.
The truth of the matter is Nintendo set the precedent with the NES Classic Edition to expect few available systems and even fewer channels of acquisition. They say they hope to change that by increasing production for the SNES Classic Edition. Whether this comes to pass remains to be seen.