My wife and I felt so burned by the previous Wal-Mart screw up when they put up pre-orders early and then cancelled them all shortly after that we went full Raspberry Pi and haven’t looked back. It’s great.
We have a massive collection of video games going from the NES to TurboGrafx-CD, 3DO, Neo Geo, and on and while there’s always things to nitpick the Pi definitely passes the “this is more than good enough for me” bar when comparing the quality.
Nintendo could easily make as many of these as they need without going over by manufacturing whatever amount they did for this wave of systems, and then stopping whenever they retailers don’t immediately sell out of pre-orders the same day they go up. They’d still move ever single unit they ship out easily. But they don’t because even that level of profit is not enough, so they go for the minimal risk to maximum reward with some that was extremely easy and cheap for them to make.
On top of that, like you think Kuniyo Yamashita gets royalties every time I re-buy a Castlevania game? Supporting this stuff is a dead end and your purchasing retro games doesn’t actually get anyone involved in or who would like to make more of them paid. You can see that reflected in the way Nintendo does these releases vs., like SNK which still contracts a lot of their old guard and puts out awesome awesome ports of their games all day. Like they release GOAT-caliber games in a way anyone with any console can get them easily instead of what’s going to now be the third generation of slow trickle to non-existent virtual console stuff from Nintendo.
I started a thread on this forum for discussing and being excited about retro games getting released on modern systems, I don’t think I’ve posted in it for a few months now.
But Nintendo fans gonna Nintendo fan. Like you always see that immediate turnaround on social media of “OMG I’m boycotting Nintendo forever I can’t believe they did this ugh,” then Nintendo releases any product at all of any kind and it’s like that never happened please take my money ASAP. Gamers.
And I don’t even mean that as a shaming of people that have no self control regarding video games, just that like, that’s Nintendo’s audience. So many people are frustrated about that regarding the NES and now SNES Classic because those are two items that are so obviously perfect stocking stuffer/mass appeal things that anyone alive while those two systems were new would like either for themselves or for their kids. And them releasing it in this super limited way is just stupid.
Then again, the NES Classic is still so expensive and in demand, like, people really are buying them for that to be the case. Like Nintendo already sold them all and basically took a shit on any average person who wants to get one, but people still willingly want to get gouged, lame.