What Could Be More Pop Culture Than Nintendo?
Answer: Not much. If you were like me (and around the same age), you can remember seeing or hearing about Nintendo for the first time. Games that you can play at home that are more like the arcade and not near as pixelated as Atari or other systems. And what was that robot that came with the first release systems?! R.O.B. came with early release NES systems and you could use him for playing Gyromite and a few other random games. When it worked it was neat and fun, but there were a lot of little pieces that would get lost or broken. Small kids and small pieces don’t mix people. I can remember wanting one of these so bad, but they were like $200.00 in the J.C. Penny catalog when they first came out. That is a lot of coin for a kid who is 7. Todays dollars, that would be $400.00 or more. Sop basically you had to stand in lie at a friends house to try and play maybe once or twice.
A year after the initial release they started to make smaller package systems (without R.O.B.) and would cost between $110.00 and $150.00 depending if you wanted the zapper and 2 controllers as well as Duckhunt (action set as pictured). When the prices hit here, I was a lucky kid to have gotten one for Christmas. I’m not kidding when I say that I had a line of kids at my door wanting to come in and play Super Mario Bros. I had to lock the front door and only let in one kid at a time. It is crazy for me to sit here and think that this was a real scenario!
As They Grew
In 1989 after huge success with the NES Nintendo would start releasing new systems. The first being Gameboy which was one of the first handheld systems that you could change the games and small enough to transport around. From there they would release The Super Nintendo in 1992 which is considered for some to be their best system released to date. I easily spent hundreds of dollars on renting games for the NES and Super NES at my local movie store. After the Super NES came Gamecube, Nintendo 64, Wii, and a few other variants which all went on to have huge success (well, maybe not Gamecube).
Now The Re-Release!
So when I heard they were re-releasing the NES, I seriously felt like a little kid inside. Flash backs of hours of playing Final Fantasy and Zelda. What would this new system offer, how would it play, so many questions. Come to find out that it is a simple release. A lot like the Atari Flashbacks where they have 30 preprogramed games in the unit with no option to be able to use your old games on it. I think they missed out there personally. This is not to say that it won’t be fun. Just some of the game titles are awesome!
Here are the games that will come with the Mini:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
What a list right! Not too shabby. Keep in mind the system does only come with one controller so you may have to go out and find a second which they are offering for $19.99. The Mini will cost $59.99 if you wait for more to be released. Right now the only ones available are for sale on Ebay for $200+. They purposely do this to drive supply and demand. It is stupid if you ask me.
So that is it. A flashback down memory lane! Let us know what you think about the new NES mini!