When Nintendo announced the new Mini NES console, known as the NES Classic Edition it was releasing, I got really excited. I wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and replay a lot of my old NES favorites and see if I still “got it”. I was ready to play games like the Super Mario Brothers series, Legand of Zelda, Rampage, Mega man Series, Castlevania, Contra, Master Blaster, Double Dragon, Tetris, etc. etc. The list goes on and on. There were so many awesome games for the NES. I had a huge nerd-gasm at this news.
Then my hopes of this system were smashed as I read the articles that started to pour in. The NES Classic Edition would only have 30 games. 30. Only 30. With how many games were available for the NES in it’s entire life, Nintendo is only allowing us 30. Who chose these 30 games? As I read, I thought maybe they would expand the selection via a USB port, or wireless/ethernet network option to update/download games. Nope. Only the 30.
Really Nintendo? With the Nostalgia craze going on, we can’t get an expandable retro-system. There are Raspberry Pi systems with Emulators that can do the same job and the software is free (hardware is about 30 to 50 dollars not including game controllers). I was really hoping that Nintendo would take a page out of the emulation book and give the fans the entire library of games.
The last part I had a problem with is the price tag. $60 bucks for the console and one controller, HDMI cable, etc. In my opinion, keep your HDMI cable, they are pennies now especially from places like CNAweb and give me a second controller. If you do want a second controller its an extra $10 bucks making the entire system $70.
It just doesn’t seem worth it, when you can build a Raspberry Pi for a similar price, have all retro systems available and all games for said system. I have built one of these, and use it very often without fail. If Nintendo allowed the system to be network connected to download new games for $2 to $5 a piece I would be in, and would have no issue paying hte $70 bucks. Without the expand-ability or extra games, no thanks.
If you are interested in building your own Rasberry Pi Emulation Solution. Please see the John’s Arcade Video to setup the pi and check out adafruit for your Rasberry Pi purcahsing Needs. For controllers, I used amazon.