Nintendo - You're Dead to Me
Like many of you seeking a Mini NES system last week I came up with nothing. I was there when the stores opened and had lines already formed with more people than they had machines. I was there when Amazon crashed and glitched their way to telling me I was out of luck. I remember this dance when the Fire Emblem special edition was scarce and I came up empty handed. I remember when they short sold the Wii all those years ago. Nintendo purposely shorts the product availability to make their products seem special and coveted, it means they don’t have overstock on some products, it means people need to pay attention to their announcements. It also might just piss off the consumers who want to buy your products. They have known for months what the demand was going to be, and next year this product might be everywhere but for now they are teasing everyone and the only real winner are the eBay scalpers selling their copies for 3-5 times its MSRP. Spare controllers are selling for over 50 bucks which is ludicrous. The system can’t even be expanded, it will only ever have the games it is preloaded with, a great collection (No Contra???) but with no room for advancement.
Looking back at the last decade of Nintendo I have decided that I am done with them. Chris will still suckle at the Nintendo teat so it will be covered on the site, but I don’t care about their next system like I struggled to get excited about their last two. Unless they release games for other systems or start treating their customers with respect they are simply a relic of the past and a continuing example of misguided hubris in the present. Nintendo, you are dead to me. I want to think back on you fondly and you keep inserting a bad taste in my mouth. You put out a Zelda title on Xbox One and we can talk…until then, I am not wasting time on you anymore.