Commentary: Mini NES? Heck, Nintendo could do even better.
Scott SteinEditor at Large
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Nintendo's always celebrated its huge back catalog of franchise characters, but the NES Classic goes to another degree: it's a throwback box set of NES games. But you know it won't be the last.
In addition to next year's Nintendo Switch console/handheld tablet, which I'm sure will be packed with retro
options, I expect the mini NES to be the first of a series of novelty collector's items from Nintendo.
Nintendo NES Classic Edition is like Marty McFly: 80s and adorable
Oddly, I'm OK with that. I've used most of Nintendo's game systems, and I've said goodbye to a lot of games that I now regret not having. If I can get my hands on some retro fun and have it come in one instant-gratification self-contained package, why not?
So, if you're getting ready to buy a mini NES, prepare for these in the future (I hope):