It's widely assumed that the next Classic Edition of retro hardware from Nintendo will be a tiny version of the N64. But I disagree. With four controllers, 3D games, and complications over bringing Goldeneye 007 back, a retro version of the N64 would make for some expensive nostalgia, particularly when the Game Boy would be far cheaper to resurrect.
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Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition. We're still not sure what Nintendo was thinking -- most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe -- but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.
There's now a reason to be excited if you happen to have a Nintendo Switch, and want to do more than play Zelda and show it off at parties then. Once the console finally made it into reviewers' hands, it was discovered that the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers also worked with PCs and smartphones as a standard Bluetooth gamepad. That's wonderful and not at all unexpected for a controller that communicates via Bluetooth. But starting today, it can also be used with the equally tiny NES Classic Edition using 8Bitdo's wireless retro receiver adaptor.
Several months after its release, it's still difficult to track down Nintendo's amazing NES Classic Edition. The tiny console is everything you want it to be, but it does have one tiny flaw that isn't related to limited retail availability: incredibly short controller cords.
After the release of the NES Classic Edition, there's been quite a bit of speculation about what console Nintendo plans to miniaturise next. The SNES? The N64? The geniuses at Kei Studio clearly want a Game Boy Classic Edition, but instead of waiting for Nintendo to make one, they went and hacked together their own.
When EB Games took pre-orders for the Nintendo Mini NES Classic earlier this week, the website crashed under the sheer volume of traffic from eager buyers. This happened two days in a row, leaving a mob of angry customers in its wake. With all the hype around the classic console, you'd think EB Games would have expected the level of traffic to its online store and worked to ensure its website was reliable. We take a look at where EB Games might have gone wrong and what businesses can learn from this debacle.
The Nintendo Entertainment System of the mid-1980s was a great home console, and 2016's miniaturised NES Classic Edition is a wonderful reimagining. You can buy one, too, as a Christmas present for yourself or your friends -- after the first shipment sold out entirely, a second lot, likely the last for the year, is due in early December.
But you'll have to pre-order if you want one; the Classic Mini NES is going to be extremely hard to come by.
The NES Classic Edition sold out everywhere in a matter of minutes yesterday. Nintendo has promised that more are on the way but that means you have to do things like wait and have patience. The internet is here to help. This video is a twofer. You can experience the vicarious joy of opening that sucker up and you can see what's in its guts just by clicking play.
Your grandma doesn't have to be the only one with an television standing on wooden legs. Doshisha just released a retro-looking TV with all the hallmarks of a one straight from the 1970s. Although it looks like it's more than 40 years old, the TV is actually a 20-inch flatscreen LCD surrounded by a wood casing and featuring volume and channel knobs that work.
Nothing shaped my childhood more than Nintendo. Like millions of other little kids, I got a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas in 1988. It changed my life. At the age of six, the Nintendo was my first real "gadget," and it was love at first sight. I don't know if I would do what I do today without it.
The adorable NES Classic Edition won't be available for another week, but there's already a wireless replacement for the tiny console's included tethered controller. Because as much as we all love retro authenticity, we've learned to despise wires when it comes to gaming.