I’m glad my son is still 4 years old so I don’t have to be afraid of him seeing this post.
I know so many of you have either gone out of your way or are still trying to get your hands on the NES Classic Edition and I just wanted to share my experience. As someone who has been buying video game systems since I was old enough to have a job and was given the original NES as a Christmas present when I was 7, I have to say I was extremely excited to hear Nintendo would be releasing the NES Classic Edition, packaged with 30 games for the very fair price of $60 (basically $2 a game).
What I was not expecting and wasn’t happy to hear was how difficult Nintendo would be making the system to get. There were no preorders (virtually unheard of in today’s world) and the system would apparently be very short stocked. Now Im not going to knock Nintendo because Ive almost always had wonderful interactions with them but it does seem odd that they would have underestimated the appeal of such a nostalgic product that makes a perfect Christmas present for both adults looking to relive their childhood and kids who need to be introduced to the classics their parents grew up on.
Those facts aside Nintendo clearly has the hot item of Christmas 2016 on its hands and hopefully they will be able to get more of them produced for fans who are looking to have one under the tree this year.
Personally, I was away on an overnight trip to Kalahari Waterpark Resort (A really fun family getaway) the day the system released and although that could have spelled disaster for my chances…..thanks to my days sleeping outside of stores for new sneaker and video game releases I was ready for the task.
I woke up at 5am in the pitch black hotel room and snuck out the door as my wife and kids slept peacefully. I then ventured in the cold November air to a local Walmart which my GPS guided me to in the Poconos and to my relief there were only 4 people on line. I hopped on line and had a nice chat with some other fans (all parents waiting to bring home this piece of their childhood to their kids) as we waited for the store to open.
Thankfully everyone involved was cool and the store handled the line well informing us that there were only 12 NES Classic systems available and it would be one per person. I grabbed my system and as the sun rose I drove back to the hotel with my prize in hand very happy that I could give my little guy what has clearly become the “must have” gift of 2016.
I have to say I’ve found it fascinating to see this $60 piece of nostalgia, which is basically just an official emulator, sell for over $500 on Ebay. Even the $10 extra controller (Which should have been included) and $10 extension cord (Shouldn’t be needed. The controller should be longer) are selling for extremely high prices. All I’ll say is if you have the system, don’t be jerk about it and be thankful you got your hands on it ….and if you don’t have it yet, don’t go crazy, there will be more available soon and these are all games that have been around for over 30 years so just breathe and if you really want it Im sure it will be yours soon enough.