“Oh, sometimes I think it is of no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after awhile and leave a hurt that is worse than the emptiness before they came.”
-Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Keyboard warriors, unite! Nintendo announced today that they are discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, affectionately known as the NES Mini, unaffectionately known as the needle in the proverbial haystack. While The Well-Red Mage has moved away from being a news-regurgitating blog, I thought I needed to comment on this.
Our first question is: Why, Nintendo? Well… why do you think?
Any amount of conjecture can be offered from the overabundance of implementing ROMs unofficially to their marketing focus switched to the Switch to their simply not caring, like the unfeeling monsters that they are. The fact is we just don’t know but is anyone honestly surprised by this news? Nintendo has stated that the NES Classic was never meant to be an on-going product, which is fair. I don’t see how this’ll keep fingers out of illegal ROM downloading, though, especially since there’s no robust Virtual Console on the Switch still.
Today I finally broke down and bought a NES Classic from a gouger for $170. There were a few cheaper options on Amazon (I stay away from Ebay like the plague) but other sellers selling the product cheaper had single 5-star ratings and were new to the Amazon scene as well. Sketchy. At least this way I’m guaranteed the console from a reputable seller and I don’t need to worry about the price skyrocketing even more now that it’s going to be even harder to find but the downside is… I’m short $170. I didn’t want it to have to come to this.
This is just another notch in the belt of a company who has a long history of creating innovative and amazing products while making bizarre and terrible decisions concerning them. Somewhere, somehow, Sony is laughing.
-The Well-Red Mage