Nintendo Executive Begs You Not To Buy SNES Classic Off Scalpers

Remember last Spring when getting a hold of a Nintendo NES Classic was about as difficult as finding a Detective Comics #27 at a local flea Market?

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Well Nintendo’s North American President Reggie Fils-Aime promises the same will not be the case with this Fall’s release of the SNES Classic.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, he advised Nintendo fans not to pay more than $80 for a unit and that plenty of stock will be available when the product goes on sale September 29th.

“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites . . . You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Fils-Aime said.

However when the SNES Classic opened for pre-orders, users found the units in the same short supply as it’s predecessor earlier in the year, even though Fils-Aime states that Nintendo has “dramatically increased” production for SNES Classic stock.

This has led to speculation that Nintendo is purposefully holding back inventory to artificially increase demand before the holidays.

I don’t think this is the case. I believe with the initial NES Classic unit, Nintendo looked at how slow the sales were of Atari’s and Sega’s similar consoles and ended up legitimately caught off guard with the demand for their console.

The question is did Nintendo learn from their miscue with the NES Classic? We will find out in the coming months.

The SNES Classic is scheduled to be available September 29th (in North America) and include 21 classic games.

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Mario Officially Retired From Plumbing

When did Mario leave the sub-terrain princess rescuing business.

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According to his profile on Nintendo’s official web-site, Mario has added plumber to his list of previous careers.

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Per Kotaku.

Since “a long time ago” can mean anything from a few decades ago to last Thursday, we are not sure exactly when he left the plumbing business.

Mario has worn many hats over the …actually… that is not true. Let me try that again.

Mario has had many careers over the years.

Around 35 years ago, Mario made his debut in Donkey Kong as a carpenter, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.

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“I am so lost…”

“With (1983’s) Mario Bros., we brought in Luigi and a lot of the game was played underground so we made him to fit that setting and, we decided he could be a plumber,” Miyamoto previously told USA Today. “The scenario dictates his role.”

Between all the blue color careers he has had, I wonder how he found the time to go to medical school? I mean this guy is nearly as busy as Dwayne Johnson!

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“Why take a red pill or a blue pill when you can take both?”

Atari Teases Their New Gaming Console: The Ataribox

Nintendo had a huge success with their NES Classic last year and, as long as they get their embarrassing distribution hurdles behind them, their new SNES Classic due out this Fall should be a license print money!

Now Atari is hoping to learn some do’s and don’ts from Nintendo for their release of their new Ataribox!

 

While Atari is still being very tight lipped about the details of their new console (specs, pricing, games, release date…), they have confirmed that the new system “will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

In an email released to subscribers today, Atari announced that they plan on releasing 2 versions that will pay homage (at least cosmetically) to their original systems: A wood edition and a black/red edition!

Here is an excerpt from the email:

“Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.”

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The system does look pretty sweet!

Atari says they are taking their time with the details on this project because they want to “get it right”, which sounds suspiciously like “we saw the negativity Nintendo received by not addressing their supply chain issues early on and we don’t want that.”

Special thanks to Uncle Steve for this find!

Make sure to subscribe to GeekyDaddy.com or follow us on social media to keep informed on this and other “Geeky culture” topics!

In the meantime, vintage Atari gamers can still get their fix from the Atari Flashback 7 Deluxe.

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Available on Amazon.com

Side Note: How many of the 17 different Nintendo consoles have you owned?

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The Top Teethers for Your Baby Geek

Lil’ G-Man still has no teeth, but he drools like Niagara and loves to put just about anything and everything in his mouth. Watch your fingers around this little guy! So we decided to save our knuckles and stock up on some epic teethers. Here are our top choices for geeky teethers.

Bumkins – DC Comics Silicon Teether Combo Pack – Superman & Batman

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Why have one superhero teether when you can have two? Bumkins really nails it with their superhero line-ups and the silicone makes it really easy to clean. For little girl geeks (or boys who think she’s awesome), they also have Wonder Woman, but not part of a set. Lil’ G has Batman because we purchased before we knew we could get in a two-pack.

Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether, Game Boy

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Did I mention how much I love Bumkins and how I think they’re super cool? They also show their geek love toward retro gaming with the Game Boy teether. You can also get a Nintendo NES remote, but the Game Boy is just too amazing not to get. And if Lil’ G ever gets interested in Game Boy, we still have a fully functioning system in black & white and everything!

Little Toader Teething Toys, Baconease Appe-Teethers

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Mmm…bacon. Not sure exactly how it happened but bacon has somehow made its place in geeky culture (much like the beloved Mountain Dew). This bacon-shaped teether is sure to get you plenty of looks when out in public. And love the name – Baconease, not to get confused with the condiment Baconnaise. (which is awesome)

MyBoo Autism/Sensory/Teething Chewable Dragon Pendant – Green

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While not quite as intimidating as Dany’s Drogon, all fantasy geeks need to have their own dragon chew toy. This dragon comes in a pendant format (with a safe, breakaway clash) so mommy or daddy can also look stylish. Ok, so maybe not stylish, but it’s better than a lot of teething necklaces on the market!

Fresh Baby So Easy First Teether, Green

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So while this teether isn’t technically a sword – it’s a SWORD! It has little nubbies on the top to soothe gums and feel like a baby toothbrush, and a guard so that your baby isn’t the next greatest sword swallower.

Sugarbooger Silicone Teether, Retro Robot, 2 Count

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So not exactly sure what a sugar booger is, or if I’d ever care to know (seriously – who approved that name for a company?), but these retro robots are pretty adorable. They feel very Mystery Science Theater 3000 to me, or even a little bit of Jetsons action. Just don’t think about boogers when you baby chews on these!

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Nintendo Confirms SNES Classic Will Launch In September!

As Geeky Daddy reported last April, Nintendo will build upon the demand it saw for it’s NES Classic with a September launch of an SNES Classic!

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Source: Nintendo of America’s Twitter

Hopefully Nintendo will have the supply chain difficulties that they experienced with their NES Classic model resolved by the launch of this product, but based on the launch of their Switch system, I highly doubt it.

Geeky Daddy will keep you up-to-date on product availability. The unit is rumored to retail for $80 and will include two remotes and the following games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (Never played this one, but feel like the original is so far superior)
  • Donkey Kong Country (Love this game – I spent hours playing this one back in the day!)
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Same with Contra – the original was superior until the launch of the N64)
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox (OMG, OMG, OMG – YES!!!)
  • Star Fox 2 (OMG again – this was never originally released. Let’s hope it’s not a flop like other sequels tend to be)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart (Always a classic)
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World (I played this recently and forgot how hard it is – were we just better gamers when we were kids?)
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

I really would have hoped for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but at least StarFox is on the list!

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Playing Mario Kart Through The Aisles Of Target! (Part 2)

The whole Geeky Family (Daddy, Mommie and Lil’ G) made our near weekly trip our local Target over the weekend to find that our store was one of the 650 Target stores that had been Mario’d!

As I wrote about recently, Target and Nintendo have a co-promotion running for the launch of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch.  650 of Target locations have had a number of their carts retrofitted to resemble Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach’s Karts from the game!

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Source: Target

The doors have also be decorated with Mario Kart decals and sound effects as you enter.  Lil G-Man also enjoyed the decorated bollards (those big red balls that are supposed to stop runaway cars) that have been covered with Mario and Luigi graphics. The only other time Target has done this was for a Pokemon co-promotion a few years ago.

Grayson does love to play in Mario Kart 8.

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G-Man racing Mario, with a little help from our Green Screen

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Green Screen kit we use available on Amazon.com

 

Ever Imagine Yourself Playing Mario Kart Through The Aisles Of Target? Imagine No More!

Seriously, who hasn’t had shopping cart races at the store when they were young.

I remember in college, we would pile into cars by the baker’s dozen and head over to the 24 hour Meijers grocery store just to have grocery cart derbies and races through the store.  Nothing beats that feeling of slamming a friend into an end cap of pet supplies…

There wasn’t a whole lot to do on campus after midnight’s where I went…

Anyway, Mario Kart 8 launches for the Nintendo Switch April 28th and Target has entered into a co-promotion with Nintendo to spice up 650 Target stores with some mustached Italian plumber action!

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“Its-a Me. Mario. & Luigi”

(Admit it, you read that caption in Mario’s voice.)

The big red bollards (those huge red sphere’s designed to stop stray cars – I didn’t know they had a name either) will be covered to resemble our favorite plumbers.

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The front doors will have motion sensors that play Mario themed music.

And of course some of the carts will be decked out with Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach.

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watch out for banana peels and turtle shells

You can read more about the promotion here.

With a little help from our green screen, Lil’ G-Man enjoys himself a little Mario Kart as well.

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Unable To Find An NES Classic? Maybe You Will Have Better Luck With An SNES Classic This Fall

Eurogamer is reporting that Nintendo plans to launch their new SNES Mini (which will probably be called the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) by Christmas this year!

This does coincide with an official release by Nintendo saying that they had never intended the Nintendo Classic Mini to be an ongoing product. It was originally a Christmas limited release, but sales warranted more shipments.

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Hopefully Nintendo has all their supply chain issues resolved so there is no repeat of availability issues with the new unit. Geeky Daddy was able to secure our NES Classic and thought the system had great nostalgic value, but 8 bit graphics are not always as fun as we remembered from our youth.

The 16-bit Super Nintendo was one of Nintendo’s most successful consoles and a mini version should prove extremely successful.

No specifics regarding which games or the hardware have been released yet, but Geeky Daddy will keep you up to date.

Ironically, the Sega Genesis Classic has had no supply (or demand) issues

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Last Call For The NES Classic, April Will Be The Last Shipments Of The Hard To Find Console

In an unsurprising move, Nintendo has officially discontinued the NES Classic gaming console.

A Nintendo representative provided the following statement to IGN:

“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”

Nintendo representatives have said that the unit was never intended to be an ongoing product, just a limited time offering.

The cancellation does draw a close to what has been a public relations nightmare for Nintendo who, despite multiple promises to consumers, were never able to get supply issues sorted out.

Geeky Daddy was able to finally receive and review a NES Classic console just last month.

If you are unable to get your hands on an NES Classic but really want to play original 8 bit Nintendo games, there are various mods available on Amazon.

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Nintendo mods available on Amazon.com

 

 

Geeky Daddy Test Drives Nintendo NES Classic

This post is over a week behind thanks to Lil’ G-Man’s daycare unleashing Strep Throat, Pink Eye and other illnesses upon us.  That place is like a biological weapons factory. But we are getting back to health.

We got our NES Classic Edition from Amazon and couldn’t wait to relive happy memories from our childhood. For a review of a product this important, I brought in support in the form of classic Nintendo enthusiasts: Uncle Josh! Uncle Josh has forgotten more about Nintendo classics like Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros than I can pretend to know.

And now, the unveiling of the NES Classic Mini

What surprised us most initially was the compact size of the NES Classic.  Very tiny and lightweight, aas Lil G-Man models below!

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Lil G-Man is not smiling because we wouldn’t let him play

The NES Classic comes with the power cord, an HDMI cord, 1 controller and a cool vintage poster. The included controller comes with an extremely short cord, so to avoid serious vision damage gy sitting inches from the screen, we recommend purchased the controller extension cord.  You will also want a second controller to enjoy all the 2 player games such as super Contra (which in the video I mistakenly said was not included on the system. It is listed simply as “Super C”).

We purchased the TASYSZ (off brand) controller since it comes with a 12 ft controller cord, as opposed to Nintendo’s 6 ft cord.  It also cost $12.99 on Amazon as opposed to Nintendo’s steeper price of $39.95.  That’s 2/3 the cost of the unit for just the controller!

In the video below, we initially fire up the NES Classic and go for our first test drive.

After a couple hours of play (and reminiscing of our youth), we determined that some games were more fun than others. Super Mario, Dr. Mario and Excitebike were awesome.  Some games you remember as being cool but then revisiting them, you wonder why you ever thought that.  Kinda like going back as an adult and watching your favorite cartoon, listening to the horrible dialogue and wondering if you were a moron as a kid for finding it entertaining.

My overall opinion is the system is well worth the $59.95 price tag, but probably not the crazy inflated price some scalpers are trying to receive for it.  There is a certain nostalgic feeling playing the games on the Classic NES system as opposed to a mod on a PC or PS4.

There is something to be said for this system having such demand for it while the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console is still going for MSRP with no scalping demand.  Shows which system gamers would rather play.

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