The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition from the Japanese gaming giant will hit shelves in the US today; however, it turns out that they will be available in limited quantities.
The word comes from Amazon itself that has revealed that the limited quantities will mean that each customer will be able to buy just one unit. This effectively means that you if you intend to buy two or three for gifting purpose during the holiday season, that’s not an option as of now. According to Amazon, the NES Classic Console will be available from November 11 2:00 PM PT. Amazon will not ship the device internationally and so those who intend to buy it from Amazon US from other countries, that’s not an option. There is no other way out but to wait for the console to be released in their countries.
One thing that is rather odd is that NES Classic Console’s flash memory has been soldered into its motherboard and this effectively means that if you want to play any game other than the 30 Nintendo has bundled, you may want to consider a Retro Freak or traditional emulation software.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, aside from being a mouthful of a name, is a one-time purchase with 30 games. It’s got a few modern accoutrements such as HDMI as well as Wii/ Wii U controller support, and you can also use its classic controller with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. But you’re saddled with its 30 games – no more and no less.
All this is for a princely price of $59.99 and an additional $9.99 if you need a second controller.
NES Classic Teardown
GameSpot’s Peter Brown took apart the NES Classic and found a quad-core Linux computer toting 512MB flash memory storage and 256MB of RAM. It features modern components such as HDMI as well as Wii/ Wii U controller support, and you can also use its classic controller with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. But you’re saddled with its 30 games – no more and no less.