This week in the vacuum that the behemoth that is E3 has left, Antony and Darren talk about the official announcement of the SNES Mini from Nintendo. A console that has been snapped up and out of stock from retailers even before the pre-orders became available – yes, that’s how massively popular this retro piece of nostalgia is.
Learning lessons from the last iteration – the NES Mini, Nintendo have promised more supply this time, in order to meet the intense demand that this desirable console will garner. It looks as though, however that consumers have also learned lessons from the last versions’ popularity too with the SNES Mini being almost instantly completely wiped out of stock over the face of the earth.
It’s the same old story. Great coup for Nintendo and for the lucky few who manage to secure their pre-orders in those first precious seconds of the console going live on the web. After which, it’s the struggle for the majority of eager fans that would be owners of this dinky gem – the website crashes, the furious refreshing, the scouring stock at every store you can think of and then, finally, the reality kicks in as you finally give up and grudgingly admit that the only way to obtain your cherished Nintendo throwback is to succumb to the nefarious re-sellers that have somehow snapped most of them up and advertised them on Amazon or eBay explicitly to take advantage of the likes of you (and us).
‘What can be done though?’ cries the throng of frustrated customers as they struggle to attain this lovely little system and only silence and a temptation to pay two or more times the price through one of the re-sellers remains.
So, what can be done? And can this familiar situation ever be dealt with?
UK gaming chain GAME have tried to make a stand by increasing the deposit required on the SNES Mini to £50 instead of the usual £10 they require in order to presumably discourage this behavior. It’s a stance that can be appreciated but in the long run may do more harm than good as your profiteer type will no doubt think nothing of putting down the full £50 deposit to secure an item that they are sure to sell at a profit later – not phased at all. However there may well be plenty of gamers who haven’t got that kind of money to put down as a deposit and so they may miss their chance of securing one due to that policy, which is really sad.
The only way that this frustrating trend can be effectively dealt with is by Nintendo providing such healthy supply that eager consumers can pick one up without jumping through hoops for hours on end. Or, consumers rally, stay strong and make a decision. A decision that enough is enough and they won’t allow themselves to be exploited anymore and refuse to pay double or more RRP for these tempting toys.
If the profiteers efforts could be rendered useless and null with supply and/or consumer resistance leaving them stuck with their bulk buys that no one took off their hands then perhaps the practice could be quashed and the honest gamers would join hands and cheer as one in light of a new dawn of fairness.
Or is it unfair of us to resent people trying to earn a few pounds out of an almost sure thing? It’s not illegal after all, just really annoying for those that missed out.
All this is not even mentioning the dreaded fear that the fantastic games housed up inside the SNES Mini could mean a lack of them appearing on the virtual console when it becomes available for the Switch. Let’s hope that isn’t a thing that’s going to happen. We want our classic Nintendo games liberated and portable in these days of the Switch. Let them roam with us and keep us company during train journeys and plane trips.
So are you interested in the SNES Mini and if so, are you going to buy one (should that be try to buy one)? Or are you going to leave the queue and make a stand?
Listen in to Episode 97 of the Gamers of the Lost Spark Podcast to hear views on this and much more.
This week Darren has been playing the amazing Nex Machina from Housemarque and gives the game a glowing review as he wipes the millions of voxel particles away from his burning eyes and cheeks.
Smashing the Robotron formula into this generation as only Housemarque can, this wonderful twin stick arcade experience is true Old Skool action refined – and with the added help of the Father of Defender and Robotron 2084 himself, Mr Eugene Jarvis, nurtured to perfection. Blast the baddies and save those humans in eye bleedingly neon environments in a classic that, like some of the best games out there, is quick to learn but takes time to master.
Bring your ‘A Game’ reactions and skill with you. Come for the game and stay for the glory of the leaderboards.
It’s a new month and time for new Games with Gold for July, this month Xbox Live Gold members can download ‘Grow Up’ for free during the month of July. Runbow, a colourful multi-player platorm-em-up will be available as a free download from 16th July 16th to 15th August.
Over on Xbox 360 but playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility we have Kane & Lynch 2, from the 1st July until the 15th July. ON the 16th July until 31st July we have LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.
Over on the ‘VR News Desk’ this week Dazza talks about the VR initiative from ImmerseMe in which real life situations from different countries have been captured using 360 cameras and brought to VR in an effort to make learning language more immersive and more importantly easier. A great idea and another feather in the cap of how VR can be of great benefit in education.
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