Ever since Nintendo announced it would release a mini-NES later this year, we’ve been inundated with questions of when we would start offering classic consoles and games. While we do have a fairly robust selection of classic games on the Wii-U Virtual Console and with such discs as Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, it’s never quite the same as holding that original NES controller in your hand and mashing the crap out of the buttons.
We’ve seen a smattering of other consoles over the years, offering different classic games and experiences. Tomorrow, the Atari Flashback 7 is released, with 101 built-in favorites including Frogger, Tempest, Space Invaders and many more. For $59.99 SRP, it’s pretty tempting. Not to mention, CNET says they ran the numbers on purchasing retro Nintendo games and the NES Classic is a hell of a deal at $60.
However, our past experiences with hosting classic game nights has been that while everyone says they want to come in and play GoldenEye, after a good 10-15 minutes of playing, it’s just not the same experience they remember. In fact, sometimes playing those games can ruin those glorified childhood memories in the same heartbreaking way that a Michael Bay film does, making you wish you hadn’t seen your favorite 8-bit game through your current 4k high-definition lenses. The glitches that once faded into the background now glare you directly in the face, and the controller just doesn’t have that same kind of hair-trigger response you thought it did.
So, we’re asking you: weigh in on the debate. Do you plan on purchasing either the Atari Flashback 7 or the NES Classic Edition? And if so, what’s driving your decision? Nostalgia? Collecting? We’d love to hear from you!