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Where Did The Week Go… Nintendo To Discontinue the NES Classic

The NES Classic Is No More

When we found out Nintendo was releasing a 30-games-in-1 edition of their original NES system, the hype and anticipation was huge. But like most Nintendo releases, the launch was bafflingly mishandled.

There was no pre-order options available and the number of units shipped to the United States for the Nov. 11, 2016 release was scarce. If you could get your hands on one, it would be like finding a unicorn.

Six months later and it’s still nearly impossible to find one unless you want to pay three times the retail price of $59.99 online.

Despite the demand still being high, Nintendo announced this week that they are ceasing production.

Goodbye NES Classic. We hardly knew you. | (mashable.com)

Here’s Nintendo’s statement:

“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”

The one thing missing from this statement is an explanation.

They’re just patting themselves on the back and then patronizing everyone by including the “paid close attention to consumer feedback” comment. They obviously didn’t pay close attention to consumer feedback because if they did there would be more units in North America.

“The good news is, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern.” That was Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime in January.

Instead, they’ve basically given up without explaining why.

From a business perspective, it makes no sense. I didn’t do very well in economics but the basic principle of the subject is supply and demand. Nintendo created a lot of demand and virtually zero supply. I guess they don’t like money.

 

Parents Throw Daughter a Poop-Themed Birthday Party

One of the great things about being a kid is when your parents throw you a themed birthday party. My themes included sports, Batman and wrestling. Typical boy stuff.

But for three-year-old Audrey in Missouri, the theme she just had to have was poop. That’s right, poop.

“For months, every time we mentioned her party, Audrey requested ‘poop balloons and a poop cake,'” said Audrey’s mother, Rebecca. “I tried suggesting other themes, but she always insisted on poop.”

Eventually Rebecca and her husband gave in and decided to “embrace the weird” to give Audrey the party she wanted.

A unique birthday party that didn’t stink. | (Pintrest)

Guests at the party played “pin the poop” on a picture of a toilet, received whoopee cushion favors and the kids smashed a poop emoji-shaped pinata filled with Tootsie Rolls and Hershey’s Kisses.

Cookies, balloons, the cake, even Rebecca herself dressed as poop. Despite the unusual theme, everyone who attended loved it.

“I expected the grandparents to question it, but they all just laughed when I told them,” said Rebecca.

“This party wasn’t for me, it was for Audrey. I love that we will look back at pictures, and it will represent her at 3 — my funny and quirky little girl,” said Rebecca.

I’m pretty sure Audrey will regret this decision in about 10 years when mom busts out the photos. But it’s cute and endearing.

 

Former Alabama Governor Looks Like Mr. Burns

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Politician gets in trouble for violating campaign finance rules. What did he spend campaign cash on? To cover up an affair with his former top aide. Seriously, this literally checks off all the boxes for corrupt politicians to the point where it’s become a cliche.

The politician in question is now former Alabama governor Robert Bentley. But we’re not here to talk about his indiscretions or generally creepy vibe. No, we’re here to discuss his resemblance to The Simpsons character, Mr. Burns.

If they ever decide to make a live-action Simpsons movie. | (Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Bentley’s mugshot is eerily similar to that of Montgomery Burns. You’ve got the big bald head, the nose and the overbite. The only difference is that in Burns’ mugshot, he looks genuinely evil.

Bentley doesn’t know what to do. He kind of half-commits to a smile resulting in a pervy look that makes him look even more guilty. He should have taken notes from former mugshot man turned male model, Jeremy Meeks. If it wasn’t for last week’s fake crazy squirrel lady, he would have the best mugshot of the week.

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