Nintendo has seen considerable success with its mini-consoles. The NES Classic was pretty hard to come by soon after it was released. It was a similar story with the SNES Classic. Both of these mini-consoles were very well received and Nintendo has sold tons of units. Sony wanted to get in on the action as well so it launched the PlayStation Classic. However, its mini-console hasn’t had that kind of success.
Merely a month after Sony launched the PlayStation Classic, it has now cut the mini-console’s price considerably. It was launched for $100 and is now widely available from different online retailers for $60. That’s a 40 percent price cut just a month after its launch.
Nintendo hit its fans with a heavy dose of nostalgia in 2016 with the NES Classic mini console. It followed that up with the SNES Classic in 2017. Supplies have almost always remained tight, more so during the holiday season, and if you’ve been thinking about picking one you might want to get your hands on one soon before supplies run out. That’s because Nintendo has said that once they do run out, these mini consoles won’t be restocked.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime provided this confirmation in an interview with THR. This is the first year that both the NES Classic and SNES Classic are available in the same holiday season.
Feel that the Sony PlayStation Classic could have shipped with better games? Well, some notable console hackers have got your back. They have figured out how to hack this miniature console to run games off of a USB drive. This means that it will be possible to load games on the PlayStation Classic that are not originally included with it.
Some well-regarded members of the console hacking community have figured out how to hack the PlayStation Classic in order to run games from a USB drive, reports Ars Technica. They have been detailing the process of how it’s first necessary to dump the system’s code on an external machine. They discovered that the key to decrypt some of the confidential software elements has been hidden by Sony on the console itself.
Earlier this year, Sony announced the PlayStation Classic which was basically the company’s take on Nintendo’s series of “Classic” miniature consoles. The console also came with a bunch of games that were preloaded onto the console, although this list differed slightly between the Japanese version and the version the rest of the world got.
That being said, we imagine that this list of games probably wasn’t decided on the first pass, and that Sony probably had quite a few different ideas of what games to include before settling on the list that we know now. Now thanks to a datamine of the console, it seems that we have a rough idea of what games Sony was considering including on the console. According to the source code posted on GitHub, these games include:
With the success Nintendo saw with the NES and SNES Classic releases, it makes sense that the company would want to release new Classic consoles. In fact there have been trademarks and patent filings to suggest that such a console could indeed be in the works. Unfortunately it seems that it is only a pipe dream.
Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime effectively shot down the rumors of an N64 Classic. When asked if he is ruling out the possibility of such a console, Fils-Aime was quoted as saying, “I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”
Last month Sony officially announced the PlayStation Classic, seemingly taking a page out of Nintendo’s book of reviving older consoles in a smaller form. Sony did state that the console would come preloaded with games, but did not mention what they were, at least until now where the full lineup of games has been confirmed.
According to Sony, these games include Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Intelligent Qube, Jumping Flash, Metal Gear Solid, Mr Driller, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Rayman, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Revelations: Persona, Ridge Racer Type 4, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Syphon Filter, Tekken 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Twisted Metal, and Wild Arms.
The other day Sony announced the PlayStation Classic. This is essentially Sony’s take on the Classic consoles that Nintendo helped popularized from a couple of years ago. However as is the case with Nintendo’s Classic consoles, Sony also noted that its PlayStation Classic would not come with an AC adapter of its own.
Earlier this year it was suggested that thanks to a trademark filing, Nintendo could be planning on launching an N64 Classic console. Given that we’ve seen Nintendo release Classic consoles for the past two years, it’s not a stretch to think that this year we might see a new one, and following the NES and SNES Classic, the N64 Classic makes sense.
With the success that Nintendo saw with the launch of the NES and SNES Classic systems, it wasn’t a surprise to see other companies follow suit with similar console relaunches of their own. Now it looks like Sony wants in on the fun as the company has officially announced the PlayStation Classic.
Designed and shaped like the original PlayStation console, this version will be similar to Nintendo’s Classic systems. It will be smaller than the original and will come preloaded with 20 classic titles which includes the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
Nintendo Switch’s online service will be launching in the second half of September and we’re sure that there are some gamers who might be a little hesitant to get on board. However Nintendo has recently started to promote its upcoming online service by using classic NES games as a way to entice gamers.
Now in addition to allowing Switch gamers to play their games online with other Switch gamers, a subscription to the Switch’s online service will also come with access to a bunch of classic NES games. As you can see in the image above, Nintendo has highlighted Super Mario Bros. 3 as one of the titles that will be available.
From time to time companies make questionable decisions. In Nintendo's case, the company had initially decided to discontinue making the NES Classic console which was doing very well. This confused many and later the company sort of backtracked when they announced that they would be bringing it back.
It seems like that proved to be a great idea because according to a report from the NPD Group, it looks like the NES Classic continues being a huge hit where apparently it has managed to outsell current-gen consoles like Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One for the month of June. What's notable is that this is the first time a Nintendo console has led in monthly unit sales since the NPD began tracking the figures back in 1995.