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Nintendo’s Classic Editions or Virtual Console? That’s the Dilemma


The Japanese multinational video game company, Nintendo, has strategically managed to take advantage of gamers’ soft spot for classic games such as Mario, Zelda, Super Metroid etc. There is no competitor out there on the market who can offer a console with a bigger number of classic games. The NES Classic Edition has defeated Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in terms of sales.

The new SNES Classic Edition

Nintendo has announced a follow up for the NES Classic Edition: the SNES Classic Edition. This will be a miniature console with 21 games available (Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, F-Zero, Kirby’s Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, Megan Man X, Secret of Mana, Star Fox and Star Fox 2, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Castlevania IV, Super Ghouls’n Ghosts, Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars, Super Mario Kart, Yoshi’s Island, Super Punch-Out!!). After the games taking a look at all the games included in the SNES edition, it is no wonder fans are having a hard time choosing which console to choose.

What is the dilemma about?

Nintendo did not manufacture enough of the NES Classic Edition, leaving fans with a desire to purchase one. Several of the SNES Classic Edition consoles have already been bought by fans thinking of reselling them when there are none available anymore. The dilemma starts with the appearance of the Virtual Console device.

Fans believe that the Virtual Console digital store service offered by Nintendo has been made at the cost of the retro machines. Fans can purchase the Virtual Console older games so that they can play them on newer systems such as Wii, Wii U, 3DS (not the Switch).

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