Is Nintendo holding out on us? asks Sam Hamilton
Still loving the mag, keep up the good work! Why do you think Nintendo don’t create enough stock of the mini consoles they produce? I know it creates demand, but they sell like hot cakes so why would Nintendo want to give money to all the scalpers?!
I managed to get myself a Mini SNES and unlock Star Fox 2! I must say the reality of playing it wasn’t quite as good as I had imagined… I can see why it never got released as it was pushing the FX chip and the SNES to the absolute limits and made it run very slow and choppy! In fact, most of the games I remembered so highly haven’t stood the test of time. Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days, it would seem…
Do you think Nintendo will continue on with the minis and release a Mini 64? I think I’d prefer that version more as the games are a bit more detailed and last longer. Thanks for the kind words, Sam!
To be honest, we doubt the shortages are to do with Nintendo attempting to drive up demand, as many assume. That wouldn’t really make sense. It might be risk aversion – better to make too few and sell them all, than risk making too many and having loads left over. Or it may simply be difficult to manufacture them in bulk.
We'd love to see a Mini-N64, but we’re not sure if it’ll happen or not. We suspect it’d be more expensive to make, and that there’s probably less nostalgia out there for it than there is for NES and SNES. Fingers crossed, though!
We’ll be diving deep into Star Fox 2 in next month’s RetroMaster – make sure to check it out!