Nintendo NES Classic mini clone

Nintendo NES Classic Edition clones sell for as low as P999

In Games, Apps, and OS by Alora Uy GuerreroLeave a Comment

THE Nintendo NES Classic Edition, a mini version of the popular video-game console from the ’80s, is one of the perfect gifts you can give someone or yourself this Christmas. However, it has become the holy grail of sorts; it’s just hard to find in the Philippines.

When DataBlitz first sold it for P3,995 ($80) on November 11, initial stocks were sold out. Now, the retailer has jacked up the price of the console to P6,295 ($126). It’s a bummer considering the NES Classic Edition retails at just $59.95 or roughly P3,000 in the U.S. Other shops in the Philippines have increased their respective prices, too — no doubt a result of “high demand, low supply” dynamics.

We are not surprised then that clones are being sold online. From Lazada to OLX, they’re everywhere. One of the most popular we’ve seen thus far is a D99 Family Computer model, and it goes for as low as P999 ($20) on Lazada, though one review says it cost only P799 ($16) a week ago. However, take note that this comes with just one free cartridge with 20 games.

Philippine shops have jacked up the price of the console. DataBlitz, for example, sells it for P6,295 ($126) — a bummer considering the NES Classic Edition retails at $59.95 or P3,000 in the U.S. We’re not surprised then that clones are being sold online.

This one on OLX — more expensive at P1,249 ($25) — has two free cartridges, with one having 400 games, such as Super Mario, Contra, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Castlevania, but we don’t know if there are repeats. We suggest that you ask the seller about repeat games.

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Heck, if you are opting for a Nintendo NES Classic Edition knockoff, better ask the seller all the things you need to know (and ask yourself if it’s worth the risk). If he or she allows it, test the video-game console. Otherwise, you either fork out more than P6,000 for the original or wait for its current price on the local market to normalize. Remember, originals are indeed priced higher, but always give you better value for money.

Image via Retro Gralnia

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 21 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.