What would you do for an NES Classic? (The 3:59, Ep. 215)

Nintendo's NES Classic's days are numbered, with the last batch potentially shipping out on Monday morning.

The throwback console quickly sold out after it was first announced in September. While demand continues to rise, supply hasn't, with Nintendo announcing last week that it would discontinue the immensely popular NES Classic. The company said it would stop shipping the console this year, though there are a few stores out there still selling the NES Classic.

Of course, if you'd like to avoid the chase entirely, you can make your own retro gaming console with a Raspberry Pi. With the death of the NES Classic come rumors that the SNES Classic is up next, and we've got a wish list. (Honestly, if it just came with NBA Jam, I'd be perfectly happy.)

Also on the podcast, we chat about the March for Science over the weekend, which happened in cities across the world, including London, New York and Silicon Valley.

The NES Classic, or Mini Nintendo, featured 30 video games in one console that fit in the palm of a user's hand. (Nintendo)



NES Classic on sale at Best Buy today; last chance at Nintendo's hot throwback

Nintendo has officially discontinued the NES Classic Edition, despite high demand for the hot throwback console.

The mini Nintendo Entertainment System launched last year and was frequently sold out through the holidays and into early 2017. The popular item features 30 classic 8-bit video games, including "Super Mario Bros.," "Pac-Man" and "The Legend of Zelda," for just $60.

Best Buy is giving retro fans one last chance to get the NES Classic without buying it from eBay and other resellers for a massive markup of $200 or more.

The retailer says it will have a limited number of NES Classics in stores only, sold on a first-come, first-serve basis when locations open Monday morning. The Verge reports some Best Buy stores will be doing a ticketing process before doors open, but the company won't say how many units are available.

Best Buy, however, does say it will also be selling NES Classic accessories, such as controllers.

After that, Nintendo gamers will have to rely on eBay, Craigslist, GameStop or other locations where the prices will surely be well over $60.

"We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System," Nintendo of America said last week.

That's because Nintendo is reportedly moving on with another nostalgic mini-gaming console this Christmas: The SNES Classic. Insiders say the company always planned to make the NES Classic a limited edition, and has already begun production on a mini Super Nintendo Classic Edition.

The company has yet to confirm the news, but fans are already speculating on which titles a SNES Classic Edition could feature. Popular Super Nintendo Entertainment System games include "Super Mario Kart," "Super Smash Bros.," "Super Mario World," "Super Metroid," "Donkey Kong Country" and "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past."


This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today.

If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website.

Nintendo has already stopped manufacturing the NES Classic Edition. Demand has been very strong and has largely outpaced production. But Nintendo doesn’t want to sell the NES Classic Edition forever.

The company probably wants to focus on the Nintendo Switch, saying that you should buy Nintendo’s latest console if you want to play Nintendo games. Rumor has it that Nintendo is also working on an SNES Classic Edition for the end of the year.

And if you don’t live in the U.S. and still want to play some good old NES games on your TV, you can still buy a Raspberry Pi and install some emulators on it. That could be a nice DIY weekend project.

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