Nintendo has decided to bring the NES Classic Edition back from the dead. The NES Classic Edition will be available in stores in the U.S. again from June 29, so if you know anyone who works in retail you should probably ask them to put one aside for you.
The Return of the Nintendo Entertainment System
In 2016, Nintendo surprised everyone by launching the NES Classic Edition. This was a Nintendo Entertainment System in miniature, with 30 games built-in. And the NES Classic Edition flew off shelves at such a rate of knots that demand outstripped supply.
The NES Classic Edition was a massive hit, and parents tried desperately to get hold of one in time for Christmas 2016. However, despite this incredible demand, Nintendo shopped shipping the retro console to the United States in April 2017.
We soon discovered why, as later that year Nintendo launched the Super NES Classic Edition. However, that still meant lots of people were never able to get hold of a NES Classic. Perhaps those unfortunate nostalgia nerds will have better luck this time…
The Return of the NES Classic Edition
Nintendo has announced that it’s bringing the NES Classic Edition back. It will arrive in stores on June 29, and Nintendo expects it to be available until the end of 2018. That still doesn’t mean it will be easy to find, but it does you six months to find one.
#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29! This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year. https://t.co/LclbG5m4ta pic.twitter.com/1PcXBI5qJC
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 14, 2018
For those who missed the NES Classic Edition completely the first time around, it’s a miniature version of the classic console with 30 games built-in. Titles include Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda. All for $60.
The Return of the Nintendo 64?!
Nintendo has done wonders for its bank balance by dipping into its past. The company sold millions of both the NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition. And the next six months will only add to those totals. And that’s without mentioning the Switch.
With Nintendo making it clear this is only a limited release, it begs the question of what’s next? I have my heart set on a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, but I think it’s more likely that a host of classic Nintendo games will be coming to a Switch near you soon.