This week, I heard the news that has the internet all up in an uproar – the discontinuation of the NES Classic (aka NES Mini). This caught a lot of people unawares and brought about a lot of hate towards the Big N on such a move. Many people would ask:
“What…..Nintendo doesn’t like making money?” I’ve pondered this question myself quite a bit. Upon reading some articles, it was said that they never intended it to be a long-term product.
Wait…………what?? Something as insanely popular as this console has become, and you don’t see the value of having this product become readily available for the mass markets, and then you just yank the rug out from your consumers, pretty much saying “You want it? Go pay a scalper!”
Yeah…….the scalpers are rejoicing at this news, as some of them bought this system up by the ton, stockpiling their quantities so they could flip them onto the secondary markets, making at least twice, if not many times more, what they originally paid them for – this is something that happens with every. single. collectible. thing. ever. Yes……it happens.
So what do people do? Well, some people willingly jump off the cliff like Lemmings to pay the scalpers what they want – or they build something cool like a Raspberry Pi 3 and load all the games on that to make their own version – or they just start using emulators – something many people have been doing for quite some time now.
It just amazes me why they decided to do this move when the cravings are akin to a school of piranha, swimming about a lake when a fresh piece of meat gets tossed in. The demand is there, but apparently, Nintendo has decided to focus more energies on the Switch, which has been met with mixed reviews and reception. So will Nintendo make these games affordable to download on the Switch e-store, or will they do some other move to further alienate their audiences, and make them look elsewhere to find good games, while Nintendo continues to flail about, waving their core IP’s around like a banner to see how many times we’ll come back to the flock to buy their prodcuts.