Classic Nintendo Rip Off:

Written by Nik. Posted in Featured, Opinions & Such

For the Love of God! It’s Just An Emulator; Not the Real NES!

When I first saw that Nintendo was rolling out the Classic NES I was thrilled! I even got a tingling feeling in my heart; thinking they were going re-release the old system with upgraded cartridges or something like that. But when I started to read up on what it really was, that feeling went away with a quickness. With a sixty dollar price tag, that has now magically gone up to nearly two hundred or more, and only available from third party sellers, I should have known better. What I found was that this wasn’t what I was expecting, actually nowhere near it. It’s just a Nintendo shaped emulator, not an actual console! I was disappointed and broken heartened, so much so, that when the opportunity came to get one, I intentionally let it slip by. Yes, I had the alerts and pre-orders ready, but waved as it passed me by.

If it’s just an emulator, what is everyone so excited about? Yes, many want to relieve their childhoods by playing Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, and Zelda, just to name a few, but are people that lazy or so non-tech savvy to realize they are being duped?

Yes, the NES “Classic” Edition looks just like the original, but one third its size, with the classic controllers and all, but for all we know is it could be a Raspberry Pi programmed to play the old Nintendo cartridge games, without the cartridges. For instance, in the item description from Amazon.com says:

Each NES Classic Controller can be plugged into a Wii Remote controller for use with NES Virtual Console games on the Wii U system!

Well, if that’s the case, why can’t I just download the games from my Wii U or Wii? Oh! Wait! You can! Check out How To Geek’s Guide, or you can download them directly from the Wii store which includes over fifty games to choose from, along with games from the SuperNES, the N64, GameCube, and they even threw in some Sega Genesis Games as well… Oh My!

And if that’s not your thing, then there are plenty of other Retro Emulators, and cartridge players out there, just do some digging. That is if you really want to work for it and become a collector.
My Dad and I never throw anything away, so, surprise! We still have two sets of the original NES, and most of the games the NES Classic Edition has and then some. Shop around. If you have your old games stashed somewhere do your research and find a “retro” game system that can play all the old cartridge games. Or if you’re lucky, hit the thrift shops and do a little digging, you may strike gold, and relive the good old gaming days of old for a lot less than two-three hundred dollars for a Nintendo shaped emulator.

And just to rub a little salt in that wound, Nintendo is rolling out with “new” and older versions of classic games for your mobile devices now too! Check out Geek.com’s article regarding the Mobile 8 bit versions of Mega Man.

~ Good Luck, and may the Gaming Gods ever be in your favor! ~

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Nik

The relationship between my mouth and brain is casual at best. Currently living in Rednecktown Georgia.

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