We live in a world dominated by technological advances. If it seems like the technology of today is light-years ahead of where it was when you were a child, you wouldn’t be wrong. According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors in a circuit doubles every two years. What does this means? It means that every two years the processing power of computers has doubled which makes way for more powerful machines.
Generally speaking, this has allowed for an exponential growth in the consumer market of electronics – for example, on April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, then general manager of Motorola’s communications systems division, invented the very first cell phone. It was a brick; it weighed two and a half pounds and was capable of doing one thing: making phone calls. Fast forward thirty-four years to 2017 and now you can carry a device that allows you to send emails, update social media statuses, check bank accounts, play video games, and, oh yeah, make phone calls.
Despite all this rapid acceleration, many of us who are beginning to settle down and start families, have begin to feel a sense of nostalgia when we buy and receive new toys for our children. I mean, I was able to get a Little Tyke’s Cozy Coupe, almost identical to the one I had as a kid. And now, thanks to Nintendo, there’s about to be a new item on the market to fuel that nostalgia: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition.
I’ve always considered myself a gamer. It’s a passion I’ve had since I was a child and it helped teach me many lessons in a hands-on, interactive way. So, when I saw the news that this was going to be released later this year, I was, needless to say, very excited.
I also see this as an opportunity to give my children a chance to experience some of the games that I grew up playing and had a major impact on developing me into the person I am today.
This actually isn’t the first time Nintendo rolled out a retro-style mini gaming system. On Nov. 11, 2016, they released the Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition for the holiday season. This re-release of the classic 8-bit system offered 30 original games on a scaled down model of the original.
Unfortunately for me and everyone else who thought this would be a long-term product line (the demand was certainly there), Nintendo discontinued the NES: Classic in April, 2017
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” a representative told IGN.
Although they’re now discontinued, you can still purchase one on sites like eBay or Amazon, but the asking price is at least $200 (they sold for $60 in-store). Nintendo has claimed to have listened to customer feedback about the difficulty to find the NES: Classic, so hopefully the SNES will be easier to acquire.
“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.”
I really hope I’ll be able to get my hands on one of these. The SNES: Classic is scheduled to hit shelves on Sept. 29, 2017 with 21 original games and will also include Star Fox 2, which was never publically released in the United States.