The clone consoles of my dreams...

Posted by Lord Publius |

A month ago, I came across an article on Facebook about Nintendo releasing a Plug'N'Play styled after and containing 30 different NES games, including 3rd party titles. I checked Nintendo's official site and found that this is not just an internet hoax. Nintendo has found yet another way to get me to buy some of the same old games yet again! It's called 'The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition' and it releases on November 11th, 2016.

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HandI was wondering when Nintendo would make their own version of the Atari Flashback series. I seriously wondered if they ever would. God knows they've got more than enough hit games to make these Plug'N'Plays an easy seller on the market! These 30 games at a price of $60 is actually quite reasonable too. Most (if not all) of these 30 titles would cost you a LOT more than $2 per cartridge on the re-sellers market. And for those who ask, I have 22 of the 30 games on this new Plug & Play system. Most are NES carts but, some are re-issues for the GBA and the e-Reader.

ControllerI hope this latest entrepreneurial endeavor is a huge success for Nintendo and that they release further units in this new 'Classic Edition' line. A Super NES and N64 unit being released around Christmas in the next few years should work well. That's when AtGames usually releases their Atari/Colecovision/Intellivision Flashback and SEGA Genesis units. A GameCube model being released someday with some of my favorite GameCube games (Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime, Ikaruga, et al.) and a few I want but have not been able to find (Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, anyone?), should also be a smash hit.


However, why stop there? Why not make a clone console of their old hardware? If Hyperkin can make a fortune off of them with sometimes flawed designs, then Nintendo should be able to make many millions with clones that perfectly replicate the originals. I've already discussed my thoughts on the untapped potential of Plug'N'Play consoles before with my first article for Fortis Core. So, I won't waste you're time retreading those old ideas.

However, I do have a lot of ideas for clone consoles representing consoles from several manufacturers... And I will now list them by manufacturer in alphabetical order...

Atari

  • A clone console with slots for cartridges for Atari's consoles and computers, specifically the 2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar and 8-Bit computer line. The 2600 and 7800 carts should use the same slot since their cart size was virtually identical.
  • It should come with a joystick that has a self-centering analog stick. It should also have 6 fire buttons and have the shape of a 2nd-iteration SEGA Saturn controller.
  • It will also need a keyboard for the 8-Bit computer, 5200 & Jaguar games. The keyboard should have a number pad rather than just have the numbers in a row on top like the 8-Bit computers did.

Nintendo

  • Nintendo should make their own clone console with slots for NES, SNES, N64 & all of the different Game Boy systems. That would be one hell of a hot seller.
  • Controller should be recreations of the GameCube controller, just because that controller has all the same buttons as the controllers for NES, SNES, N64 or Game Boy lines. It's also a lot more ergonomic/less awkward than the N64 controller.
  • It should also be accessories-friendly so we can use things like the NES Zapper, SNES Super Scope, Game Genie cheat devices, Nintendo e-Reader and the Super GameBoy for SNES.
  • I don't include any disc-based consoles or the DS & 3DS lines here because they are either too new or would be too expensive to recreate for a clone console. It also doesn't make sense for Nintendo to clone consoles they might still be selling right now.

SEGA

This will involve 2 systems: One for carts and one for optical media.

Cartridge-based unit
  • The first should have slots for every cartridge based console SEGA ever made: Master System (including SEGA cards with an adapter for the Master System slot), Game Gear, Genesis & Genesis 32X.
  • Controller should be exactly like the 6-Button Genesis controller, using DB-9 outputs so that players can re-use their favorite old controllers from these consoles.
Optical disc-based unit
  • The second should have an optical drive that reads game discs from every optical disc-based console/add-on that SEGA ever made: SEGA CD (including the handful of SEGA CD games that also required a 32X), Saturn and Dreamcast.
  • Second console should have 2 controllers: One exactly like the 2nd-iteration Saturn controllers and one like the Dreamcast, including slots for VMU's.
  • If controllers are wired, there should be a minimum of 4 ports. That covers the number of players for Dreamcast games. If using wireless, the console should be able to pick up 10 controllers. That way, the Saturn version of Bomberman will have full compatibility with this new console.

So, my dear readers, do these ideas sound like a winner to you? I think Nintendo, SEGA and whoever owns the rights to the old Atari hardware would make a fortune with these product ideas.