Nintendo’s totally going to get it right this time, you guys. With a line-up of built-in games including much clamored-for titles like Earthbound, Secret of Mana, Mega Man X and the previously unreleased and mythologized StarFox 2, there’s no way they’ll knowingly make the same mistakes they did with the NES Classic Edition. Right?
The release of the NES Classic Edition was a disaster, but it didn’t feel like the end of the world, not being able to buy one. Or ever seeing one. Or knowing not a single person who was able to find one. It was a fine collection of classic games, but the package they came in was lacking and it really wasn’t Nintendo’s fault for underestimating the demand… of scalpers to rip people off and shatter the dreams of children (and 30-something single men with unimpressive beards).
But now… now we’re not fucking around. The SNES (unless you were one of those unfortunate families that only had a Sega Genesis) literally is the childhood of an entire generation of people. There’s something special and magical about the Super Nintendo, and they can’t introduce this product to the public and make the same mistakes they made with the NES Classic. Super-limited production and distribution for this thing cannot be an issue for a second time. Especially if it’s packaged with a notorious and legendary game like Star Fox 2, that people have pondered over for twenty years, and only been able to experience through YouTube videos and editorials on the game’s doomed history.
Make enough of these to go around, Nintendo. You dropped the ball with the first go-round, and you pissed a lot of people off with the Switch’s launch, too. In today’s economy, limited supply does not equate larger demand. It means you missing out on large profits on a product that’s inexpensive to manufacture, while scalpers make ten times what you would for each unit sold.
Plus, I really, really want to play Star Fox 2.