Nintendo has announced the launch for the next Super NES is coming at the end of September. Which is good news for fans who were outraged that it was discontinued in the first place. Nintendo has suggested that it was not intended to be a long-term product, but the demand for the product suggested that maybe it should have been. With the launch just over a month away, Nintendo promises that it will make up for the shortcomings of the original product. Meaning, they’re going to ship more of the new console. Nintendo hopes that it will sell just as fast as it’s predecessor. But will it?
I’ve made this argument before, but is there anything more to this than just nostalgia? Think about it for a minute. There are so many games with incredible graphics today. Is this really going to be as big of a seller for Nintendo? Our lives have become increasingly more complicated since the days of our childhood. Maybe that’s what happens when you become an adult. But there is also something to be said about how crazy and volatile the world is that we live in. So, perhaps, we long for those simpler times. And we find ways to recapture some of that.
Think about it for a moment though. I’m not suggesting that being our younger selves is in anyway better. But, just for a moment, think back to your childhood (or adolescent years) and then think of one thing that you loved to do. For me, it was playing Nintendo. We didn’t have a lot of games, so we made the most out of the few that we had. We would rent games and spend an entire weekend trying to beat the game. For no other reason, than to say that we did it. Sure, I have a lot of other childhood memories, but Nintendo was definitely a big part of it.
I also think it has to do with money. When you’re growing up, there is a perception that you have no money. Maybe you did, and your parents were frugal. But the perception that we often have is that we lacked in some ways. Materialistically, I might add. Which means, when we get older, we have the ability to buy things that we want. The things that we think we should have received as children, but for some reason didn’t. We now have the ability to buy those things. And that’s where I think Nintendo is capitalizing. They’re tugging at your heart strings. They want you to remember what it was like to play Nintendo as a kid, and therefore buy a new gaming system.
Do you need the system? Probably not. But do you want the system? Heck yes. Nintendo, in my opinion, is actually really smart. They’re taking the old system and making it as new as they possibly can. They’re re-releasing a ton of old games. And they’re releasing a new game – Star Fox 2. If you were a fan of the first Star Fox, I suspect you’re going to want to get your hands on the new version. Further to that, Nintendo is helping by including an HDMI output. So it doesn’t look crummy on your modern TV. The actual system’s dashboard has been upgraded from the previous, recent version. Which combines the look and feel of the old system, with a modern twist in order to make it functional and more user friendly.
I honestly think that Nintendo has hit the jackpot with this. And will continue to do so as long as they appeal to our younger selves. Have a look at the trailer for the upcoming Super NES expected to be released on September 29.