Finally Got a NES Classic Edition, and I'm Kinda Mad at Myself
If you told me on November 10, 2016 that it would take me over two and a half months to get my hands on one of these things, I would've declined the opportunity to every buy one, as if to stick it to Nintendo.
But just a few days ago I was scrolling through my Twitter feed just when @Wario64 Tweeted:
The Tweet had only been up for a matter of seconds, so I knew I had a chance. Without thinking, I clicked on the URL, added the little throwback box to my cart, and checked out. Success! I got one, finally. Only I didn't feel as satisfied as I perhaps thought I would. I mean, the excitement of the NES Classic Edition came and went already. Nintendo's next home console, the Switch, has been fully revealed. I have a pre-order already lined up for my Switch, why do I need this? It feels like a purchase I made out of obligation to be part of a conversation that's already over.
My box hasn't arrived in the mail yet, but it's in route to my house. What happens when the box gets here? Do I indulge in the 30 classic games that I could already download on my Wii U or (hopefully) Switch? The novelty of the NES Classic still exists, but I kinda feel like Nintendo burned me, and they don't deserve my support for the NES Classic Edition.
I wanted to get one of these things day one, but Nintendo didn't let me pre-order it. I woke up early the morning it was released, but all six major retailers around my house were already sold out. Shame on Nintendo. For not getting in front of the messaging and explaining the situation before hand. For not apologizing as the internet erupted over not being able to get one. This isn't a new thought, but Nintendo really dropped the ball with the NES Classic. It should have been a hit! A celebration for both lapsed Nintendo fans and current ones. Instead, Nintendo proved once again that they are too ignorant to communicate directly with the consumers and give them what they want. Their bad.
As angry as the NES Classic Edition (among many other Nintendo related decisions over the past decade) makes me, I can't help but still love this incredibly unique and crazy Japanese company. Just recently they (in my opinion) dropped the ball in a lot of ways with the Switch presentation, a device that everyone seemed ecstatic for. Personally I'm still excited for the Switch (as well as cautiously optimistic for the future of the company) but I feel like it is my duty as a consumer to vote with my wallet on this one.
I feel as though I shouldn't have bought an NES Classic even though I had the opportunity, just because Nintendo did a disservice to consumers with this one, and they deserve to feel that burn. Fortunately for Nintendo, and unfortunately for us fans, Nintendo's passionate fanbase is all too forgiving, as well as generous with second chances (see above to read that I'm STILL going to buy a Switch). What this means is that Nintendo can continue to be entirely tone deaf to their audience, and continue to find success in whatever they do.
I don't know if I'll actually return my Mini NES once it arrives in the mail, but I feel like I should. I don't need another little piece of plastic taking up space in my room, and I should be more respectful to myself and the money I work for by not blindly giving it to companies that exercise bad business practices. Knowing me, I'll probably keep the damn thing and make an unboxing video.
Shame on you, Nintendo! I'll see you in a few weeks when I go to pick up my Switch.
-Another fanboy you've got by the balls.