The NES Classic Edition and Poetry

During my first year of college, I took two four-credit literature courses at the same time. It wasn’t as confusing or aggravating as it sounds, despite the fact that between the two classes I wrote four papers related to Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

One of the texts I had to read for one of these was a lengthy poem called “Patience.” Literary scholars assume it was written by the same fellow behind Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, known only as, “The Pearl Poet.” “Patience” is a retelling of the Jonah story, and a pretty good read. I recommend it to those who can find a copy.

The overall theme of the poem is as follows: “Patience is a virtue, though vexing it may prove.” Essentially, patience is very important and sacred at the expense of being annoying.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition a few days ago. It normally runs for sixty dollars and has thirty classic Nintendo games on it—like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Punch-Out!.

I say “normally,” because Nintendo sent too few to the United States. The item technically went out of stock before it was even being sold, thanks to the large (and now unmet) number of preorders. Much like the Amiibos before it, the few consoles that were on the market are being resold for triple the original price.

So much for this broke college student getting one, am I right?

Well, I predict (if Nintendo repeats their entire mistake) the console will probably be in stores in reasonable quantities by February at the earliest. And, frankly, I’m fine waiting that long, just as long as Nintendo figures out that people will actually buy their product in large quantities.

(Hint-hint, Nintendo.)


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