Retro Gaming: The NES and SNES Classic Editions and THEC64 Mini

You may or may not be aware of the current retro gaming craze. I guess it depends on whether you’re a gamer today or used to be a gamer in the past. Despite popular belief, gaming doesn’t interest everyone in the world.

Nintendo didn’t make enough units of the NES Classic Edition during the first manufacturing run. They promise to produce more in 2018. The gaming system that’s all the rage now is the Super NES Classic Edition. It seems to be on a continuous manufacturing run for the time being.

Retro Gaming: The NES Classic Edition

Retro Gaming - NES Classic Edition You can read about it at the official NES Classic Edition website and you can read about it at Wikipedia. Those are the first two sites I found when I went looking. According to Wikipedia, Nintendo sold 2.3 million units through April of 2017 and sold out. Another production run will take place in 2018.

The suggested retail price is $59.99 USD. I found one at Lazada Philippines on sale for 2047 pesos. That’s around $40 USD at the current exchange rate.

I told my daughter-in-law, Cathy, about it and she wants it. She plans to sell or pawn her Nintendo DS to pay for it. According to the Lazada website, it has 500 games included.

Cathy wants me to play some of the games with her. I’m not into modern gaming at all, so I probably won’t be worth much at retro gaming.

Retro Gaming: The Super NES Classic Edition

Retro Gaming - Super NES Classic Edition You can read about it at the official Super NES Classic website and you can read about it at Wikipedia. Again, those are the first two sites I found when I went looking.

The suggested retail price is $79.99 USD. I haven’t looked very hard, but I’ve yet to spot one being sold in the Philippines.

Retro Gaming: THEC64 Mini

Retro Gaming: THEC64 Mini You can read about it at the official THEC64 website. If you do a web search, you’ll find a few sites announcing it. It isn’t supposed to be available until sometime in 2018.

According to the website, a full-sized modern C64 is slated to come out by the end of 2018. I guess I’ve seen stuff like this promised too many times. I’ll believe it when I see it.

If the full-scale machine comes out, I’m curious about the hardware specifications. I’m not really interested in the retro gaming aspect. As I mentioned last year about Commodore Reminiscing, I’m more interested in the programming aspect.

Even if one becomes available locally, I probably won’t buy it even if it’s dirt cheap. Again, the retro gaming aspect doesn’t interest me. I no longer have the software for assembly language programming and BASIC programming would bore me to tears.

Retro Gaming: The Originals

Maybe other people are turned on by all this retro gaming stuff, but I’m not. I bought at least one of every original machine mentioned. Only the C64 was for me, which I traded in for a C128.

I don’t think I remember all the gaming consoles I bought over the years (I remember NES, SNES, Sega, Sega Genesis, N64 and Playstation). It started when my younger son was around three, sometime in 1988 or 1989. I don’t think these retro gaming consoles would be as much fun as the originals, even for him and he’s definitely interested in retro gaming.

Photo Attributions:
NES Classic Edition: By MarcelBuehner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
SNES Classic Edition: By Northwest (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
THEC64 Mini: Cropped screen capture from

October 11, 2017


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