If you are going to mod, at that stage, what I would simply do is to buy the Famicom classic, keep it in its packaging and build a retropie setup using one of the Famicom clone controllers (like iBuffalo) or use an original NES controller with USB converter if you want the control pad feel to be absolutely perfect. The Famicom classic purchase serves only as proof that you have bought the license to use the 30 games included in the machine.and like I said.... its better than nothing! get it while you can!.......... i agree about the controller part that kinda stinks.... there are a few mods out there to addthe US controllers
raspberry pi + emulator is probably better..
The demand that exists is only due to the shortage they've inadvertently created. They were never going to sell gangbusters of this product in the long term, and they would much rather focus on the Switch.Unless you are collector, but if you are this would probably never come out of the box anyway and you would still end up getting the pi, more games as well and cheaper. They were stupid as hell to discontinue it however, yes, lets stop selling a product that has so much demand it's never in stock anywhere unless it's 2x over msrp.
The demand that exists is only due to the shortage they've inadvertently created. They were never going to sell gangbusters of this product in the long term, and they would much rather focus on the Switch.
There's always a bit of hype around Nintendo products during holiday season, but outside of their core supporters this product was useless to them in terms of overall sales. This was never meant to be a long-term seller for them, and it makes sense now to focus on the Switch VC and not have a competing product there for that (if that is indeed what they are doing). As for as collecting goes, I'd take the actual thing over this little box of generic hardware anyday, but Nintendo does manage to make even the most pitiful things into collectors' items. That's the power of their brand name, can't fault them for that.Sure, some of the demand is for that reason, but lots of demand existed before it even came to market, hell, even I would buy one, but not over MSRP. Also, if you are a collector, that is even more of a reason to get one now, as prices will only go up, artificial shortage or not. And they could have, it was a super hot item, had they had full stock around xmas, they would indeed have sold "gangbusters" worth of them, as their was way more than enough hype before hitting the market.