If you’re itching to play some Nintendo games these days you’ve got a lot of options. The Nintendo Switch is the hottest console on the market with recent hits like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The 3DS is still somehow kicking around with its absolutely massive library of great games for all ages. You can even play a couple of decent official Nintendo games on your phone.
However, if you want some classic Nintendo games on your television, your best option is to pick up an NES Classic or SNES Classic soon. Not just because these little retro console are a great blast from the past, but because after this holiday shopping season they’ll also just be distant memories as Nintendo won’t be making them anymore.
I think the glut of AtGames Flashback console and the dismal “Playstation Classic” that came out this year in time for Christmas may have poisoned the well, but I also agree that Nintendo’s efforts are better spent accurately porting these games to the Switch than continuing toward something like an N64 Classic. Also, there’s something missing in their analysis: a lot of the N64’s best games were heavily reliant on third party IP (Star Wars, James Bond, etc.), which would undercut Nintendo’s ability to make money on an N64 Classic. Now, Goldeneye has been announced for the Switch, but that’s simply a port of a digital asset, with no physical packaging (or infrastructure for shipping physical items) needed.