Nintendo recently announced the NES Classic Edition, a plug-and-play NES console featuring thirty of the best games the 1980s had to offer. This was one of the talking points on this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think that so far this sounds like an incredible move. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

We think the NES Classic Edition is a great idea for a number of reasons, but primarily that it’s an incredible value for all the games included, and it’s so easy for anybody to play that it’s likely going to expand the public mindshare of Nintendo far beyond the current gaming customers—it’s very easy for working adults who grew up playing NES to see plug-and-play systems like this while they’re out shopping and buy it on impulse as a quick and easy way to enjoy video games again. And if someone wants to use it as their primary gaming console, they can easily get over a year of use out of it by playing through all its games.

We also wonder whether it telegraphs any of the values with which Nintendo is designing their next console, the NX. We’ve previously talked about Nintendo’s difficulty designing intuitive and seamless operating systems for their hardware, and the plug-and-play nature of this console could suggest that they’re considering those values when making their future hardware. We also think it could mean interesting changes ahead for the Virtual Console on NX, whether the games are offered at lower prices or bundled together in “Essentials Packs” where players can spend $60 to get thirty-game collections like the one included in the NES Classic Edition console.

Of course this is only a taste of of our full in-depth thoughts, so be sure to check out the discussion video above if you’d like to go deeper. If you like it, you can
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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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