Good luck finding this jewel Nintendo bestowed on us on November 10, 2016. After the release of the Wii U and its lacking software, I worried about the company that brought so many cherished memories to me. They still have much to prove. The promise of their newly announced Nintendo Switch and release of their retro NES feels like a step in the right direction.
Packing classics like Super Mario 3, Metroid, Castlevannia and much more, the trimmed down NES looks like a deal someone like me can’t turn away. Well, maybe I won’t be turning my back on it, but certainly I won’t be playing it anytime soon. At $59.99, this console sold out in mere hours of its release a week ago. Already, those savvy Amazon resellers have the system at a few hundred dollars above original sale price. That’s to be expected of course. Even though Nintendo hits all the right nostalgic points for me with this console, I’ll definitely wait for a more affordable version at my local Best Buy. That might be your best bet too if you hope to have one by the holidays.
All in all, these are good times for Nintendo. They have enough clout, enough merchandise and enough happy memories emblazoned in my mind to help weather the stormy debut and life of the Wii U. We don’t know enough about the Nintendo Switch, aside from its portability and a few big titles like Breath of the Wild, to say it’s a must have. I think they’ve certainly earned their fair share of criticism and doubt. However, I also think they’ve earned another chance to wow us and bring the best they have to offer once more.