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