The NES Classic was a license to print money. At least, it should have been. But when Nintendo rolled out their mini console, they produced a ridiculously small number of units. Scalpers scooped up most of them, and Nintendo continued to send out obscenely small shipments periodically. People were left out in the cold, begging Nintendo to take their money. The supply might not have been there, but the demand was. People (that could get them), loved the NES Classic.
The SNES Classic followed. Nintendo produced a more respectable number of consoles this time around, and people ate them up. I don't know how much money Nintendo made per unit on these things, but they were certainly profitable. They sold out as fast as they were made available. And we live in a "monkey see, monkey do" world. Other companies, including Atari, Sega, and Sony (unfortunately) followed suit, to varying degrees of success. But none of these units sold like Nintendo's classic duo did, and people have been clamouring for what should be an obvious next step; the Nintendo 64 Classic.
But is that what we really want?
Rumours have been circulating for months that Nintendo's next mini console will be arriving any day now, and the internet is full of people posting their dream lineups for the N64 Classic. On the other hand, there's an argument to be made that these games haven't aged very well. There's also the issue of the gigantic controller. Does an N64 Classic make sense? My buddy Mark is back this week, and we set out to answer that question.