Milk This! V:5 "No, Nintendo. I don't mean that literally."
-By Harold "Hbomb" Price-
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-Posted Sunday April 5th, 2004-

Sega got it right. Midway got it right. Capcom got it right. Activision got it right. Konami got it right. Namco got it right. Nintendo blew it.

I'm talking about the re-release of classic games.

All of the publishers I mentioned above have released or will be releasing collections of classic games. Multiple classic games on one disc or cartridge.

And then there's Nintendo.

True, there was Animal Crossing, which served as a pseudo-Nintendo Collection, but that's it. Now Nintendo is releasing a NES Classics series, featuring Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Ice Climbers, Excitebike, Pac-Man, Xevious, and Bomberman. If they were all one one GBA cartridge or Game Cube disc, I'd definitely buy. But no, Nintendo is selling them in separate cartridges for $20 a pop. And as for the games, to quote Barenaked Ladies- "It's all been done.".

Zelda - Zelda Collector's Edition (GC), Animal Crossing (GC, Accessible with Ultimate Codes disc)
SMB - Super Mario All-Stars (SNES), SMB Deluxe (GBC), Animal Crossing (GC, Accessible with Ultimate Codes disc)
Donkey Kong, Ice Climbers, and Excitebike - E-reader, Animal Crossing
Pac-Man- Various Namco collections (various systems)

That's 6 out of the 8 games that have been done. Plus the multitude of Bomberman sequels out there. (I don't know too much for Xevious, so that very well could be on an anthology that I don't know of).

I've seen Pac-Man on Pac-Man Collection (GBA) for $10 at Wal-Mart. I just picked up Donkey Kong for E-reader for $.50 at K-Mart. And yet, Nintendo wants to charge us $20 piece for these classics.

And the worst part is that these games have no enhancement whatsoever. They are the original. I forgave them for releasing the Super Mario Advance series on separate cartridges, but this is unforgivable. I would pay $30 for these games on one cartridge or disc. I will not pay $160. Not for games that are 15-20 years old (or more in the cases of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong).

Nintendo, you're making a huge mistake.

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