The NES Classic Edition is coming back June 29th
Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition was a major hit upon its release in 2016. The mini retro console is perhaps most famous for its scarcity; retailers seemed to be constantly sold out. Nintendo eventually killed off the console in spite of high demand to the chagrin of many. However, consumers are getting a second chance at obtaining the retro relic this summer. Nintendo has announced that the NES Classic Edition will be re-launched on June 29.
Late last night, the Japanese gaming juggernaut tweeted that the NES Classic Edition will be available at retailers in late June. Nintendo also said that they expect both the NES Classic Edition and its 16-bit brother, the SNES Classic Edition, to be “available through the end of the year.”
Nintendo seemed to have supply chain issues with the first run of the NES Classic Edition in 2016. The console was a hit with critics, but consumers had trouble in actually purchasing the device. This was partly due to poor supply from Nintendo. However, the scarcity was exacerbated by so-called “scalpers” that would buy dozens or hundreds of consoles at a time, diminishing the already stark supply. These scalpers would then resell the consoles on sites like eBay at grossly inflated prices.
With the release of the SNES Classic Edition, Nintendo and its partner retailers were much more stringent with their supply. Certain measures, like limiting the number of consoles sold to consumers, helped to mitigate the scarcity seen with the NES Classic Edition. Retailers will hopefully keep these practices in place so that other consumers get a shot at buying the console. Of course, they could always make their own NES Classic Edition with a Raspberry Pi and 3D-printed case.
The NES Classic Edition will be available June 29 for USD $60. It will include the same 30 titles as before, including classics like Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and more. For a full list of games, check Nintendo’s site here.
And for those wondering about a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, Nintendo has "nothing to announce."