Waste of Money Wednesday! I Will NEVER Buy This Nintendo Product Again, Ever!

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Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” 😂 This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.

Hello everyone! It’s Bryn, Collin’s sister & sidekick!

I have to admit that I had a really hard time coming up with something to feature in this week’s post – I even went so far as to call Collin to ask her for some suggestions as I knew I must have complained about something not working for me in the past weeks or months. So she asked, “Don’t you have any item you have purchased and regretted later? Deodorant, toothpaste, workout gear, shoes, kitchen appliances, electronics…?”

As soon as she said the word electronics, it hit me! 💡

I completely and totally regret purchasing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Yes, I am a child of the 80’s so I understand the excitement that surrounded the release of this classic system last holiday season.

I was 9 years old when Nintendo released their game console in 1985 and I have very vivid memories of playing Super Mario Brothers with my sisters. So – when I heard that Nintendo was releasing this system last holiday season, I became obsessed with snagging one of these systems for my own children (and for myself too if I am being honest!). And I was lucky enough to grab one on Amazon last November just in time for Christmas.

And this is where the excitement ends! As soon as we set up the console, I realized that the cord was way too short – like seriously short, like maybe 20 inches long. HUH?! In fact, it is so short that you really have to stand right next to the TV to play any of the games. 😱

And although some of the pre-installed games are fun like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and PAC-MAN, the fun ends when you are trying to play the game with a 10 inch cord. Needless to say, this system now resides in a drawer in our living room and has not seen daylight in 9 months.

Aside from the issues with the system, I am also really embarrassed that I got caught up in all the Nintendo craziness and hype last holiday season and apparently, I am not alone! As I was writing up this post, I did check out some of the reviews on Amazon as I wanted to see if anyone else could relate to my disappointment and I just had to share this one:

What is wrong with you, Nintendo? Surely you knew that these consoles would have caused a major uproar. You knew what you were doing. It’s like, you took us out on a first date, turned out to be the tall, handsome guy with a smile that made us say, “Oh my god,” and talked with us until 3 in the morning, only to give us an incredible kiss at the end of the evening, making us believe in love again, making our hearts beat with hot red gushing blood, making us stay awake all night so that we were useless the rest of the weekend, and then we never saw you again. You left us breathless with want as we tried in vain to harass the employees of Best Buy, WalMart, Game Stop and Target. These poor employees saw us coming, 30-something year olds, some of us dragging whiny children through the aisles, some of us bleary eyed and slack jawed, clutching bottles of water and our purses like we were in the desert, sweat on our brow as we fought the other disgruntled customers, only to find out that, “Nope, we’re sold out. We only received six consoles.”

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Comments 98

  1. Michelle

    I purchased a knock off from RetroGamingStop.com, same price with 2 controllers that have long cords (a little over 5 ft), and just about 500 games installed. It was an accident that I ordered it, but turned out to be a happy one! It shipped from China and took about 3 weeks to get, but it’s pretty great, we can’t complain ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erika

      Can you share the link to where you purchased it to email it to me?


    • Centerofattn315

      Any chance you have a list of the loaded games?

  2. Pang

    Can I buy it from you?

  3. Summer

    You can buy longer corded controllers, cord extenders, or even wireless controllers on Amazon (surely other places too) – or you can sell it for a fortune on eBay instead of keeping it in your drawer.

  4. Rocky

    There are extensions for the controllers online as well as longer controllers and wireless ones on Amazon.

  5. Candy

    I got the wireless controllers. Think $20 bucks for 2 on Amazon, get the ones with the battery inside. you can charge them but rarely ever have to and we do play it often. We love it/them.

  6. Mike

    I bought mine off of someone on the Facebook marketplace for $150 came with two controllers and extention cables. I love the games that are on it but also found the hachi2 hack for it and now have almost every single NES game on it. Once every couple of months me and my friends get together and play it till 3am. Get the extention cables or like suggested get the wireless controllers. It’s a fun console to play!! Great review BTW!!!

    • Margie Callahan

      Could I have a link or some more information on that hack? I bought that little Nintendo but really really want to play spy hunter….

  7. jenn

    We bought one and love it! I play all the time with my son and it’s fun to play when adult friends come over.

  8. Alicia

    It’s so impossible to get your hands on one of these for an even remotely reasonable price that my husband bought me a knock-off on Amazon that has 500 games and it is AWESOME! The cords are plenty long, all of the games are the official titles, and it’s cheaper than the NES Classic Edition could ever hope to be. The only downside is a lot of the games have the dialogue in Chinese, rather than English. To me, it doesn’t matter. Heck, there’s Google if it really bugs you.

  9. Sara

    I tried desperately to buy one of these for my bf for Christmas last year, never could find one. Now over them. Nintendo sucks.

  10. Aleshia

    My husband loved his. I also got two SNES classics today as well. I think they are well worth it, and my kids will be able to figure these out so much easier than the newer style games.

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