Given the runaway success of the NES and SNES Classic Minis Nintendo has released recently, it should surprise no one that other console makers want in on the action. After all, it’s a market driven by nostalgia, where everyone with a decent library of games can make money bringing back people’s memories of their past classics.
Which is why Sony is releasing the PlayStation Classic later this year. Designed like a miniature version of the PS1 and packed with great games from the era, the system is meant to be Sony’s answer to the NES Classic, with all the features that entails.
Here’s the official trailer for it courtesy of the company’s YouTube channel:
As well as the page on their site where you can learn more:
As you can see… it’s pretty much as close as you can get to a 1:1 copy of the Nintendo setup without being sued. You’ve got all manner of classic games from the PS1’s generation, like Final Fantasy 7, Rider Racer and Tekken 3. You’ve got the design that’s basically identical to the original system except smaller. And well, in some ways you’ve got Nintendo’s own screw ups too. Like say, the lack of AC adaptor in the box, something the NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles became infamous for themselves…
Either way, if you’re interested in it, you’ll be able to buy it on December 3rd this year for $99.99. Which again, is basically the same sort of price as Nintendo’s system, especially given the scalping going on at sites like eBay and co.
But still, what do you think?
Are you interested in buying the PlayStation Classic? Do you think Sony can compete with Nintendo here, by leveraging people’s nostalgia for their own brand as a weapon against the NES and SNES Classic Mini?
Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
As every Smash Bros fan likely knows, alternate costumes are a commonplace thing in the series. Whether it’s alternate colour schemes based on past games or whole new characters treated as a palette swap, they’ve been in every game since the first one and will likely get more and more important in every one since.
And well, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is obviously no exception. With everything from Link’s Wild set from Breath of the Wild to Mario’s wedding outfit from Odyssey in the game, it’s clear Nintendo is paying homage to even more great games and series there than ever before.
But it seems past games aren’t the only ones to get the nod here. No, as the folks at Source Gaming discovered recently, Yoshi’s Woolly World is getting an outfit based on it too. Yep, the new Yoshi game for Nintendo Switch also has a costume inspired by it in Ultimate, with the design making Yoshi look as though he’s made out of felt like in said title:
It’s a pretty cool look overall, and the material textures really show how far these artworks have come in recent years on the detail side of things. (Especially if you look at the original, 21MB version with all the details intact!)
What’s more, it’s not the only alt costume to get artwork for it in this game either. Nope, quite a few of the costumes from Ultimate have their own renders as well, with the aforementioned wedding Mario and wild set Link being among them.
Given the other major announcements made in last weeks’ Nintendo Direct, it can be pretty easy to forget that the Nintendo Switch Online Service was also discussed in the presentation. After all, this was also the event which revealed Luigi’s Mansion 3 to the world, showed that Final Fantasy 7 was heading to Nintendo Switch and mentioned Animal Crossing was coming to the console in 2019, right after a newcomer trailer for one of its main characters. For almost every Nintendo fan in existence, there are was just something more interesting included to shift their focus to.
But Nintendo did indeed release more information regarding the service none the less, in the form of this short presentation about its features:
Which is… about on the level you’d expect from a Nintendo presentation talking about online multiplayer functionality. You’ve got the usual Nintendo cluelessness about online play over there, a few non features hyped to hell here and some bad decisions hurting legitimately interesting ones all mixed into one announcement.
Still, while we’ll go over the service’s drawbacks and issues in a future article, for now, here’s a short summary of the points raised in the trailer:
1. Online Play
You can play games online with people around the world.
Yes, we know that’s what online service is meant to do, and yes, we also know it’s not really a feature by any normal usage of the world.
But hey, Nintendo made it a key point in their marketing, so it’s mentioned here none the less.
2. Nintendo Entertainment System
You also get access to a library of free NES games, which have the usual Virtual Console esque additions (like suspend saving/save states), as well as upgraded multiplayer components (like the ability to play said games online).
There are quite a few of these games, though the video prominently shows the following ones:
Ghosts n Goblins
Mighty Bomb Jack
NES Open Golf
River City Ransom
There are obviously more included, but we’ll need to wait for details on those.
3. Save Data Cloud
The system also lets you back up your save files to Nintendo’s data cloud, which lets you restore them in case things go wrong. Like say, a Thwomp smashing your Nintendo System, or someone trying to use your Switch to deflect a Guardian laser in place of a pot lid.
To play the classic online games, you can get these two NES controllers for your Switch. They’ll come in packs of two and will cost $60 and will apparently only be available to people with paid Nintendo online accounts.
Nintendo wants to make sure you fully enjoy the upcoming game, Pokémon: Let’s Go by releasing this yellowish bundle above.
There are two bundles for fans to enjoy, one each for the Pikachu and Eevee versions of the game. Each comes with a download code, a brown and yellow Joy-Con, decal decorated Switch dock, and the Poké Ball Plus peripheral that lets you pretend to capture Pokémon as if you were a real trainer. That last bit is $50 on its own, bringing the total price of the bundles to $400 USD.