Missed your chance at an NES Classic the first time it came around? Don’t worry. On June 29th, Nintendo’s bringing the hits back. Again.
The NES Classic is a mini console that contains 30 games—including Donkey Kong, Galaga, Kirby’s Adventure, and Super Mario Bros.— from the NES era all for $60. Naturally, it sold like it was trying to drive hot cakes out of business. This led to some customers complaining that Nintendo, whether as a strategy or simple incompetence, failed to create enough products to meet demand. Nintendo claimed at the time that the mini console would only be a limited run that wasn’t designed to sell too many units, which only made it sting all the more when stores ran out of inventory.
On June 29th, Nintendo is correcting that mistake. A new shipment of NES Classics will be available in stores and online. It’s unclear just how many more will be available, but in September of last year, Nintendo acknowledged the high demand and said they plan to put “many more of them on store shelves.” This will also include a new shipment of SNES Classics—which Nintendo says was even more popular than the NES Classic—expected later this year.
If you’re in the unlucky group who couldn’t get one last time and don’t want to risk missing out again, you can always take a look at How-To Geek’s guide on building your own retro gaming console out of a Raspberry Pi. It’s a little more work, but it can be cheaper than Nintendo’s offerings, and you can add a lot more than 30 games to it.