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NES Classic Re-Release Date May 14, 2018

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With the Wii U quietly being discontinued and Nintendo Switch not coming until March 2017, Nintendo had no major product to release for Christmas 2016. So they created the NES Classic, a miniature NES console with one controller and preloaded with 30 NES titles.

NES Classic games included:

  • Donkey Kong Jr
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Super Mario Bros 3
  • Castlevania
  • Galaga
  • Gradius
  • Ghosts N’ Goblins
  • Mario Bros
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Super C
  • Kid Icarus
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Ice Climbers
  • Balloon Fight
  • Startropics
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Excitebike
  • Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
  • Double Dragon II
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Punch-Out featuring Mr Dream
  • Metroid
  • Final Fantasy
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Super Mario Bros 2
  • Mega Man 2
  • Donkey Kong

Nintendo expected it to be a minor product release to satisfy the Christmas retail period. The problem was, the NES Classic was the perfect product at the perfect time, and it sold out completely. Nintendo completely underestimated its demand. Every single retail resupply of the product (if stores even got them at all) sold out within minutes, and despite extending their manufacture period, many potential customers were turned away from buying it.

Good news, everyone! The NES Classic will be shipping back out starting June 29th. Shipments of the console will continue throughout the rest of the year. The cost will still be $60 US.

Gaming History You Should Know – Pokemon Event Cartridges May 14, 2018

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.
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Welcome back to another episode of Gaming History You Should Know, where we feature some of the best fan created content focused on the history of gaming.

Since the first Pokémon games were released, The Pokémon Company has always included exclusive mythical Pokémon that players wouldn’t be able to capture through normal means.  In the first Pokémon games, Mew became the most sought after trade, and the only place to get one was at a Toys ‘R Us Store during a limited-time event. It was a huge success. In fact, Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajeri would say Mew was probably the reason the Pokémon franchise took off.

In the years before the wider adoption of internet access, keeping up with when and if your local store would host such an event came down to pure luck. When the second generation of Pokémon games were released on the Game Boy Color, the mythical Pokémon Celebi players who weren’t lucky enough to live in Japan with a cell phone sought out Celebi by going to a similar limited distribution event, but it has been difficult for me to recover information about its US distribution.

Over the years, there have been plenty more ways for The Pokémon Company to release special Mythical Pokémon. As technology improved, new methods were developed to get them in the hand of players. YouTube Channel Pikasprey Yellow produced a fantastic video where he showed how these Pokémon were distributed over the years. Give it a watch!

I want to give another shout out to Pikasprey Yellow, his series Lost Content was an incredible resource in my research into Pokémon’s past.