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Jim H
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« on: July 20, 2016, 09:57:44 PM »

Has anyone seen this? 

http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic

I'm curious what everyone thinks of this sort of thing.  Very different crowd here.
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2016, 06:19:18 AM »

I think it is kind of cool. It comes with 30 games built in and only costs $60, so that's just $2 per game with free hardware, essentially. To me the biggest drawbacks are that the ROMs for all the NES games are easily available online for free and playable through emulators, and that Nintendo hasn't made it clear whether any other games can be added to this system.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2016, 06:23:33 AM »

I think it is kind of cool. It comes with 30 games built in and only costs $60, so that's just $2 per game with free hardware, essentially. To me the biggest drawbacks are that the ROMs for all the NES games are easily available online for free and playable through emulators, and that Nintendo hasn't made it clear whether any other games can be added to this system.

Good points..

I like to know if you can save your progress. Last year we got the sega hand held games which had a sd card slot (so we had a gig of playable games) but the system didn't allow you to save progress... :(
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2016, 10:40:08 AM »

Uhl-mi-gawd, that thing again???? I don't EVEN like to think of all the lost hours from my youth watching this boy I knew play this ninja game on there.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2016, 09:30:22 PM »

I think it is kind of cool. It comes with 30 games built in and only costs $60, so that's just $2 per game with free hardware, essentially. To me the biggest drawbacks are that the ROMs for all the NES games are easily available online for free and playable through emulators, and that Nintendo hasn't made it clear whether any other games can be added to this system.


Nintendo has since clarified that you can't add more games - this is it. 

http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/14/12193472/mini-nes-classic-edition-faq-nintendo

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I like to know if you can save your progress. Last year we got the sega hand held games which had a sd card slot (so we had a gig of playable games) but the system didn't allow you to save progress... :("

You can!  It has "suspend points" which basically allow you to quit and come back to games probably at any point. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 07:48:53 AM »

If you can't add to it but are satisfied with the games it comes with, then it isn't a bad deal. I know there are some android-based handheld emulators that allow you to download all of the NES ROMs and play them, save progress, etc. Thinkgeek used to carry one, but I couldn't find it just now.

I still don't fully understand why Nintendo doesn't port all of the original NES, Super NES and 64 games to its handheld system, selling them cheap or bundling them together. They could make yet more money off of these games, particularly the ones they own outright like Mario and Zelda.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2016, 11:06:27 PM »

If you can't add to it but are satisfied with the games it comes with, then it isn't a bad deal. I know there are some android-based handheld emulators that allow you to download all of the NES ROMs and play them, save progress, etc. Thinkgeek used to carry one, but I couldn't find it just now.

I still don't fully understand why Nintendo doesn't port all of the original NES, Super NES and 64 games to its handheld system, selling them cheap or bundling them together. They could make yet more money off of these games, particularly the ones they own outright like Mario and Zelda.

Well, in the case of 3rd party games, the rights issues (lots of odd ball developers that have been bought, sold, rebranded, etc) and costs are probably a logistical and financial nightmare.  In the case of their own games, they probably don't want to cannibalize sales - why sell cheap, when people are buying NES Virtual Console games all the time at $5 a pop?  In fact, I'm a little surprised the NES mini has such a large and solid collection of games - $2 a piece is a big discount from the VC store, on top of the hardware.

And yeah, you can pretty easily buy a handheld device intended for this sort of thing.  I have an Ipega 9032, which lets you stick a tablet or smartphone in it with emulators on it.  Think it was about $20.
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