We've known that the NES Classic Edition was making a comeback for a while now, but Nintendo has finally confirmed exactly when that will be.
The company has revealed that both North America and Europe will be getting fresh stock of the micro-console on June 29th.
The NES Classic was an instant success when it launched but low stock meant the value of the machine on the secondary market skyrocketed.
The SNES Classic has been much easier to find, so hopefully this new injection of NES Classic stock will help everyone who missed out the first time around.
I can finally get one!
Got an email, available at EB Games Australia on June 29th, preorders available.
It says available through end of the year. Since the virtual console will not be coming to Switch they should keep producing them indefinitely until interest in them declines.
The scalpers' doom day.
Only a couple games on it I haven’t played/played much, but of course, the novelty, nostalgia, and convenience of playing on a modern television are the main selling points. If I can get one easily, I’ll do so. If not, I’ll continue to ignore it. I missed quite a few SNES games, so the SNES mini actually offered me real gaming value.
Bring on the Nintendo 64 mini
It's such a good time to be an old school gamer.
Coming the 6th day of the 29th month.
Oh, Europe does dates differently? 🤗
Not sure there'd be as much demand for one of those. Early 3D games have dated very, very badly. Add to that the N64's bare bones library and I think Nintendo would struggle to find 20 decent games to put on it. Remember too that one of the most famous N64 games - GoldenEye, wouldn't be possible due to licensing.
And would they use the original, truly terrible N64 controller design?
ehh I’ll probably pick one up this time. Love my SNES Classic, but let’s face it the NES games just don’t hold up so well for the most part. It’ll look nice next to the SNES and maybe I’ll mod it.
@Alikan Nope, USA does dates differently. Most of the rest of the world uses D/M/Y or Y/M/D
Nice, my brother has the SNES Mini. I better let him know about this so he can try to snag this one.
This feels fairly pointless now we're getting 20+ NES games on Switch. Much rather play these portably than being tied to my TV by a 3 foot cable.
The (S)NES mini just showed how rotten the gaming community is. Everybody got so greedy and tried to screw each other over for a measly little amount.
Everybody who sold their NES Mini for more than the original price is just a sad person.
The SNES Classic is the best game console I've ever purchased. Of course I'll be grabbing an NES Classic too. Now just make and N64 Classic and my gaming life will be complete.
GBA Classic next please!
The NES was the most important console in the history, I respect it, but honestly that games are too retro for me. (graphics & gameplay too) I think the SNES aged way better.
This is old news
Hopefully they have improved the length of the Controller cords
@moroboshi - You can have your opinions about the N64, its game library, and controller, but you are wrong about interest/demand for a N64 Mini. If/when it releases, there will be just as much interest in it as the previous two minis. It will come with two of the greatest games of all time, playable on modern televisions in HDMI.
Wave Race and Star Fox 64!
Seems like most of the best games will be coming to the switch anyways so will pass on this one. The SNES classic was one of the best values I've ever purchased, glad they are cranking out more of these for those that want them.
@moroboshi although I agree about the early 3d games not holding up well and the controller design, I don't think it would be hard to put together 20 awesome games from the N64. 2 zeldas, Mario 64, MK64, DK racing, Mario Party, Smash, Star fox, Paper Mario, FZero. That's 10 easy ones right there I'm sure they could fill in 10 more. Sure you lose out on Goldeneye and probably the Star wars games but I think they could make it happen.
@Fandabidozi - I was thinking Blues Brothers 2000 and Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling (assuming Nintendo can acquire the rights, fingers crossed), but now we have four GOATs and 1/5 of a potential N64 Mini lineup without even trying.
@chardir I thought this. Selling these games together for £60-70 on NES Mini and then pretty much the same for the launch of the online subscription. I don't understand.
Fantastic news for sure!
@bimmy-lee @moroboshi Firstly - N64 - best controller ever...
Next - so so many great Nintendo games they could add... id agree that Goldeneye not being there would feel like a massive hole... but never know what they can make happen - N64/gamecube both have really really strong games with licenses - but games I didn't think that could be added to xbox BC have been - so who knows...
I could list 20 games easy on this...
@moroboshi I’ll take 10 games
They should have added more games. Japan will get a new list of games, we should too. At the very least, add a few more.
Yes, it's easy to hack and add your own, still...
@Stocksy - I’m right there with you on the controller, I still love it and can work it like a speed bag, but I understand it’s not perfect and people have complaints. Both sticks on my original controllers still perform like new. I must not have played enough Mario Party.
Cool for all the people who wanted it and missed out. I'd still have rather had virtual console, or even the NES and SNES classic collections released as bundles you can buy for the Switch. I mean, they are basically just an emulator in a box, it seems to reason they could install that emulator into the Switch - which is presumably a much more powerful device than whatever hardware they used for these plug and play toys.
@moroboshi I think you are understimating the love of 64 and I also am one that loves that controller, I still hook up the 64 on occasion to play smash and mariorkart when my friend is in town. In my opinion 64 version of those games are the best, completely my opinion since i know most like other ones.
@moroboshi Let's see if I can find 20 games. I'm mainly focus on their own games to avoid possible licensing problems.
1. Mario 64
2. LoZ: OoT
3. LoZ: MM
4. Mario Kart
5. Mario Tennis
6. Mario Golf
7. Mario Party
8. DK 64
9. DK Racing
10. Pokemon Snap
11. Yoshi's Story
12. 1080 Snowboarding
13. F-Zero X
14. Kirby 64
15. Wave Race 64
16. Starfox 64
17. Paper Mario
18. Pilot Wings 64
And that is just the Nintendo ips that could be used. Surely they could get two 3rd party games in there.
Edit: Wow, and I forgot Smash Bros, so now I'm up to 19!
Good luck to every non scalper out there. I'll try again, as its my favorite Nintendo console of all time, but I'm not gonna get my hopes up. I was more hyped for the NES then the SNES. crosses fingers that i get one
I could try for an N64 classic. I missed out.
@NapalmPsalm and that’s a epic 19 to be fair!
I feel like something is missing but I can’t work out what. Either way that’s a corking list
@Stocksy Banjo or Conker?
@NapalmPsalm great list even if we get half of that
Oh good, they made 3 more!
Maybe they'll make failing to find one an annual event.
Gamestop took my phone number to let me know when they get more SNES minis the day that one came out. Still waiting on that call...
It'd be easier to find a Unicorn than one of these...
N64 deserves a hdmi mini upgrade to fit in with the big boys
@Alikan Yes, we do it the correct way.
Will it be the exact same thing or will this have 2 controllers in the pack?
I was lucky enough to score 2 NES & 2 SNES minis on their initial releases so I’m a very glad that I don’t have to brave the crowds again because it’s going to be another mess.
Good to hear this, I just got a SNES Classic last week and will look to get a NES Classic as well.
As for an N64 Classic, well I don't care about it. Never liked the N64, thought the controller was stupid, and always thought it was an overrated system compared to the Playstation and Saturn.
Now, I would love to see a Gamecube Classic Edition.
I know this would upset people and Nintendo would be missing out on some money, but can we skip the N64 Classic Edition and make a Gamecube Classic Edition.
The Gamecube is, in my opinion, the second-best home console Nintendo put out after the SNES. It and its awesome library of games deserve some love.
@Jimsbo Gamestop is not doing their job, because they have been selling SNES Classic Editions on their website and in stores for about a week, that's how I got mine.
Since they aren't doing their job, I'll help my fellow gamers out.
Don't know about local stores, but they are still selling these brand new on their website for shipping.
For the life of me, I'll never understand why they didn't include WiFi connectivity and a VC (or whatever they want to call it) page where you could download more games for these classic systems. Especially since they've scrapped VC on their flagship console. It really would have been an "everybody wins" situation. And you could have bought classic games that could be played on (nearly) original hardware.
Hopefully they make as many as they did for SNES Classic; I was able to get 3 SNES from amazon, but not one NES Classic at retail price to date.
@QwertyQwerty Thank goodness the NES Classic can be ahem uh altered, heh.
I might consider grabbing one this time if it's not rarer than a unicorn.
I recently gave up trying to find one of these after searching for over a year, and bought a modded SNES classic off of eBay with 7200 games on it including the entire NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis libraries. Sorry, Nintendo, I would have bought the official standard mini consoles, but they don't exist. The modded mini is far superior anyways.
I may still pick up a NES classic if they are truly making a comeback, but I seriously doubt I'll ever see one, so whatever.
Not that surprising, this was already confirm last year when people kept crying about not being able to get one in 2016.
Noice! If they do weekly restocks like the snes I will get one for sure! Take that scalpers!
So it's the same games, not different like the new release in Japan?
I'm going to assume this means we won't be getting the N64 Mini this year. It's about this time of year they made announcements for the previous two, so I'm betting production and shipping of the NES Mini is their prime focus and main sell for the year. N64 Mini on the back burner for now.
@moroboshi Most NES games have aged terribly as well, but Nintendo still sold it. And as someone who has no nostalgia for the N64 since I never played it, I tried Ocarina of time, super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64 and found them to be very fun.
I may have to pick it up this time around. I am enjoying the snes classic, hopefully I can actually find one this time.
That sounds amazing! How well does it play? I'd mod my SNES classic if I wasn't such a technological dunce.
@Tempestryke It's 100% awesome. It's modded with just a small flash drive that plugs in-between the USB power cable and the console. Remove that and it reverts back to the stock console. The mod works with the standard OS, with the music and images for the boxes all included.
I need a second controller for the one I already have, hope these come back too
@NapalmPsalm Sin & Punishment would make it 20, since Nintendo helped with its development and was localized for Western Virtual Console.
The foot race against the scalpers is on!
@Tempestryke ...as a mechanism for downloading additional titles for a price. That would be all.
Thank you! Finally!!!!!!!
Hopefully, they release more of the standalone controllers. It seems like Nintendo only released like five of them.
@Muddy_4_Ever Okay I retract my previous statement. That would be great!
@Alikan @SmaggTheSmug @chardir
I'm an American and there is just no excuse for M/D/Y, really. I mean, I'm sure there are reasons, just like there are reasons for sticking with the imperial measurements instead of metric, but there is just no excuse, anymore.
Y/M/D and D/M/Y are both easily distinguishable immediately (if the full year is written) and are good for sorting and prioritizing. There still remains the issue of using M/D or D/M, though, when you have the other long forms as a standard. Anyone know if using / or . to separate has any bearing on which you are using in some countries? Just curious.
@1UP_MARIO Agreed, but the controller is a problem, I think. Those nice little boxes would have to be much less nice to accommodate them. I bet it is going to happen, but that is an issue.
Also, if they ever do GameCube, I hope they move to making the controllers compatible with Switch, too.
@Muddy_4_Ever Wifi for a store will be for revision 2 in 5 years or so. It is a cool idea, but I'd consider going a route that hopefully fits your conscience: something like buy a copy of the games you want on the device by some means and just load their ROMs into the classic mini. Maybe that means you buy a hard copy of the cartridge, maybe that means you've already bought the game several times directly from Nintendo or another publisher, and you feel okay about doing it (maybe even buy it one more time), I don't know. Just something to consider.
I'm not one that is for selling, or even collecting ROMs like there are no rights or value to them, myself, but I'm not so strict about it that I leave them off the table for some situations that still manage to respect the games, publishers, and developers.
I'm especially supportive of historical and educational justifications for archiving digital versions of past games. Otherwise, so much of the history of games just vanishes completely over time.
There are arguments on all sides of this, of course.
@aaronsullivan Separators differ by country, just like 12- or 24-hour clock. There are some countries in which they use a dot instead of a colon for time!
As for imperial measurements, inches are more useful than centimeters for wargames. It's somehow easier to eyeball 6" than 15cm. But the metric system is more accurate.
@SmaggTheSmug That's a good point about inches vs. centimeters. That is one of the issues I run into. The difference between 14, 15, and 16 centimeters is harder to gauge than between 5 and 6 inches or even 5 and half and 6 and a half inches.
Some worldwide standardization on this stuff is so worthwhile, now, I'd love to see some countries suppress their nationalism and get on board with something. Obviously it could greatly effect many industries, but we have tools to help with transitions like we haven't had before thanks to computers, machine learning, AR, etc.
A nice "basic" fallback language everyone could learn has a chance like never before as well. English and Mandarin are heavily used but both difficult to learn (and as a native english speaker, it is so full of exceptions and problems, I wouldn't wish it on anyone). It should be possible to make a language the world could easily learn with actual sensibility to the act of learning it.
But now I have reached pie-in-the-sky level musings...
@aaronsullivan There's Esperanto, but a language not tied to a country (especially not a dominant world power) is as good as dead.
@SmaggTheSmug Right, and languages grow out of cultures, but I just feel like there are some interesting new opportunities now with machine learning algorithms, the insane amount of data now, and the ability to process languages in a dramatically more thorough way. I can imagine a computer generated language that was adjustable enough to be given the human touch necessary through sliding factors of importance (learnable by english-speakers, learnable by arabic-speakers, Chinese cultural touch points, contains this, contains that) and tweaked until something widely palatable and "magically" accessible to most people. I'm dreaming a bit, but the shear processing ability we have now compared to a person doing their best with limited capability should make it possible.
Plus the ability to start fresh in a language with some hard rules that are sensible now that we have thousands of years of experience with what happens to languages over time. Just seems like a good time to try again.
Pre orders are live at Smyths for the UK... https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/video-games-and-tablets/retro-gaming/nintendo-classic-mini-nintendo-entertainment-system-with-30-games/p/154643
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