Monday, July 31, 2017

The Retro Gaming Craze

NES Classic, SNES Classic, Atari coming back with a console - what is going on? NaS had a re-issue of Illmatic for its anniversary, you see classic movies like Scarface and Goodfellas get re-released every time there is a new format - DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K UHD. You do see games like Super Metroid get released on the virtual console on Nintendo's various platforms or Street Fighter II HD release on PSN or XBL - but these retro console releases are something inherently different - It's like the equivalent of buying a VHS machine with an HDMI connection that has 50 classic movies with no really significant video quality improvements.

Ratchet and Clank getting remastered for the PS4 makes sense. Final Fantasy VII getting a remake for PS4 makes sense. Parappa the Rapper...ok, maybe not that franchise. A live action Beauty and the Beast makes sense. A digitally remastered Nirvana album makes sense. Have we ever seen something like the NES Classic before? And if so, has it ever been such a runaway success?

Its great that new and old gamers are either experiencing or revisiting classic consoles and it is a much more affordable option for a lot of consumers - buying a PS4 and paying $40 for a PSOne classics digital download is going to run you about $400. An NES Classic was only $59.99 - the cost of one PS4/XB1 game.  

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