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Awhile back, 8Bitdo released a Retro Receiver for the NES Classic Edition. When connected to the hardware, players can use controllers wirelessly. Lots of options are supported, ranging from Wii Remotes to PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4.

An update has now been made available to users to add compatibility with Switch. Once applied, you’ll be able to use the Joy-Con with the NES Classic Edition along with the Switch Pro Controller.

You can download the latest firmware here. Manuals for the new controller options are located here.

In an interview with alistdaily, GameStop senior director of merchandising Eric Bright spoke about Switch in-depth. One big takeaway is that the retailer is seeing “tremendous demand.”

He said:

“We’ve seen tremendous demand for Switch. And of the initial allocation of pre-orders we took, the majority of them were done by PowerUp Reward customers. They’re definitely looking for this device. We have a ways to go before we satisfy all the demand that’s out there.”

Bright brought up several positive points about Switch: the portable factor, Q1 launch, third-party games, and support of indies.

Nintendo has mentioned several times as of late that the NES Classic Edition will be restocked. Despite that, Nintendo’s Nordic distributor Bergsala claims that the hardware is being phased out, and production has ended. A few more shipments will be sent before stock runs out – possibly around April or May.

Norwegian retailer Spillsjappa also posted the following on Facebook:

It’s official now.
NES Classic Edition has expired from Nordic Nintendo importer bergsala ab.
This is tragic for us and our clients when they won’t fulfill orders we accepted in July 2016.
There will be deliveries in March and April and then it’s over 🙁
We will contact everyone standing in line with us and those who sat in line last will get the sad news by email first.
We will still follow queue to the letter and of course those who’s first at all times will get delivered first.

The status of the NES Classic Edition in the rest of the world remains to be seen. It would definitely be odd to see Nintendo pull the plug on the system knowing how many interested consumers still haven’t been able to secure a unit.

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This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima…

This slide compares sell-through for Wii U hardware and first-party packaged software in Japan, the U.S. and Europe from April 2016 through the last week of the calendar year, compared with the same period over the past two years. We significantly decreased the shipping volume for Wii U this fiscal year compared to the fiscal year ended March 2016 and set our sales expectations at 800,000 units. As a result, hardware sell-through is down significantly compared to the previous two years. Also, there were fewer new titles this year, resulting in reduced trends in software sell-through compared to previous periods, but both the hardware and software results are largely in alignment with our expectations.

This figure shows the sell-in for amiibo figures compared to the previous period. In the previous period, we sold many amiibo, particularly in the Super Smash Brothers series, reaching total sell-in of approximately 20.5 million units. Sell-in for this period was approximately 6.5 million units.

During Nintendo’s Corporate Management Policy Briefing, the company provided an official update on sales of the NES Classic Edition. The hardware has sold 1.5 million units since launch (including the Famicom Mini). Additionally, Nintendo said production will be increased.

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According to an official notice from GameStop, the NES Classic Edition is now back at its various stores throughout the United States. Customers will be limited to one purchase. Once stock sells out, you’ll need to try your luck with another retailer.

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After poking through the contents of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom, fans have come across a hidden message. You can get a look at a special note left behind by the developers below.


The “hanafuda captain” part is a nice reference to Nintendo’s old days, when the company used to produce Hanafuda playing cards. It also appears to indicate that it wasn’t an easy task putting together the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom.

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If what is shown in this YouTube video is to be believed, it appears that the NES Classic Edition has been modified in a way to enable it to play a host of other NES titles, such as Dragon Warrior, Duck Tales and more.

YouTuber Arcaderu posted a video of himself scrolling through his list of games available on his NES Classic Edition, claiming that he can choose from 60 games to play on the console as opposed to the 30 that the NES Classic Edition ships with. Arcaderu claims that the console had been soft-modded, and that he did not need to open the case to achieve his results. You can view the video below.

Whatever turns out to be the case here, it would be wise to take this with a grain of salt for now. Arcaderu says he’ll release a video detailing the process of modding the device in the future, so keep an eye out for that if you fancy playing Darkwing Duck on your NES Classic Edition.

Plenty of companies have come out with their own controllers and accessories for the NES Classic Edition since November. Now as part of the Retro-Bit line, the Retro8 Wireless Pro Controller and Retro8 Wired Pro Controller are on the way.

The wireless version connects through a special dongle, and supports up to ten hours of gameplay. It also comes with a 3.5 foot micro USB charge cable. It’s launching in March for $19.99.

The wired controller will ship a bit sooner, as it’s planned for February with a $9.99 price point. You can connect it to the NES Classic Edition with a ten foot cord.

Worth mentioning, both of these controllers also work with the Wii U and Wii.

In a report published on Famitsu today, the site reveals the best-selling games in Japan during 2016. The lineup is as follows:

01./00. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 3.246.222 / NEW
02./00. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura #
(Level 5) {2016.07.16} (¥4.800) – 1.397.436 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV #
(Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800) – 860.127 / NEW
04./00. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 743.388 / NEW
05./00. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 (Square Enix) {2016.03.24} (¥5.250) – 623.083 / NEW
06./00. [3DS] Yo-Kai Sangokushi (Level 5) {2016.04.02} (¥4.600) – 563.395 / NEW
07./00. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800) – 509.667 / NEW
08./00. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 479.698 / NEW
09./04. [WIU] Splatoon #
(Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 398.251 / 1.463.148 (-63%)
10./11. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 397.607 / 876.085 (-17%)

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