Console wars have been taking place for longer than many of you reading this have been alive. From the NES versus the Master System, all the way up to the PlayStation 4 dueling it out with the Xbox One, there have always been at least two consoles released at any one time for us to choose from. However, not only do we have the modern-day console war between Microsoft and Sony, but we may be about to get a repeat of some of the battles from the past.
The order of the day seems to be giving consumers a healthy hit of nostalgia. One of the ways game developers have been doing that is by re-releasing "classic" and "mini" versions of iconic consoles, for those of us who do not deem remasters and remakes to be enough. So far, the Sega Genesis Mini and classic versions of the NES and SNES have been huge hits. There's also a NEO GEO mini on the market, as well as a PlayStation Classic which hasn't fared so well due to the games released along with it.
There's already so much for retro gamers to choose from, but there's still much more that could potentially be on the way. A classic Nintendo 64, GameCube, and perhaps even the best-selling console of all time, the PlayStation 2. There's even a very real chance we could witness Sega give the Dreamcast another go. The console's initial release was somewhat of a disaster back in the 1990s, but it has amassed a cult following since then. Releasing a mini version of the console seems like a no-brainer to us.
The current trend would make it seem as if more mini and classic consoles are definitely on the horizon. Especially when it comes to Nintendo, with the next logical step being a re-release of the aforementioned N64. Well, don't get your hopes up just yet. Back in 2018, Nintendo CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé shot down hopes of that. Fils-Aimé was unwilling to rule the possibility of an N64 Classic out entirely, but revealed that it was not something Nintendo was planning on at the time. Who knows? One year on, maybe things have changed.
We would love to see, however, a new console war happen in 2020, or perhaps more realistically in 2021. Even if it's going to be a case of consoles originally released at different times going head-to-head. A GameCube Classic versus the Dreamcast Mini sounds like a war worth being waged if you ask us. How about classic versions of the PS2 and N64 going head-to-head? Also, we can't rule out Microsoft getting in on the fun and re-releasing the original Xbox. If a three-way battle between classic consoles is coming, you can very much count us in.
As for right now, we really do have enough to keep us busy. Between the NES, SNES, Genesis, and PS1, we currently feel as if the space below our televisions has been shot with a shrink-ray and transported back to the 90s, and we love it. There's also nothing official coming in the way of new classic consoles, so we have no other choice but to continue enjoying what we have already been given. Rest assure, though: despite the denial, there are more classic consoles coming. Companies would be crazy not to cash in on the nostalgia kick everyone is on right now.