Nintendo Is Reviving the NES Classic for 2018


The past year has been an emotional roller coaster for fans of old-school video games still waiting to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition. After hitting stores, selling out, and repeating that process several times before it was discontinued in April, Nintendo now plans to revive the NES next summer.

First released as an 8-bit console in the mid-1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System made its comeback as the NES Classic in November 2016. Packed with 30 retro games, the NES quickly became one of the most sought-after purchases of the holiday season. After the palm-sized item disappeared from shelves this past spring, the only place to find it was through online retailers like eBay, where it could sell for four times the market price. Now customers who missed the first few waves of NES Classics will have another chance to grab one when it returns to stores in 2018.

Along with the return of the NES, Nintendo shared that it's extending shipments of the upcoming Super NES into next year “due to incredible demand.” When the updated version of the early-1990s console launches on September 29, more units will be delivered to the U.S. than were shipped of the NES classic all last year. And there’s no need to camp outside the store to get one: SNES inventories will be restocked regularly in the coming months.

“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves,” Nintendo said in a press release.

The NES Classic retailed for $60 in 2016, and more details on the newest release are on their way. The SNES Classic will sell for $80 when it hits stores later this month.

A Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Will Set Sail in 2020

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If you've ever fantasized of taking a vacation that would make the cast of characters from The Golden Girls proud, you'll soon have the chance to make your dreams come true. In early 2020, Flip Phone Events and the cruise line Celebrity Infinity are launching a Golden Girls-themed cruise that brings the classic 1980s sitcom to the western Caribbean.

As CNN reports, the new cruise, called Golden Girls at Sea, leaves from Miami, Florida—the home of Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia. For five days, the ship will take cruisers on a relaxing trip through the Gulf, stopping in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. While onboard the ship, guests will have the opportunity to take part in several Golden Girls-inspired activities, including a Shady Pines craft corner, Dorothy's bingo, Golden Girls trivia, and karaoke at Blanche's favorite pickup spot, The Rusty Anchor. And, yes, there will be cheesecake.

The Golden Girls premiered over 30 years ago, but the fabulous foursome hasn't lost its popularity. Even though the show has ended, the ladies can still be spotted on apparel, candles, board games, and even their own cereal box. Their new themed cruise may be the most luxurious Golden Girls-branded experience yet.

Golden Girls at Sea sets sail from Miami on February 24, 2020 and returns on February 29. Rooms start around $987 per person for a standard cabin and go up to $7657 for the top suites. Unlimited drinks are included with every ticket.

Book your tickets here.

[h/t CNN]

Harry Potter Fans Can Now Live at Hogwarts

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Warner Bros.

Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Still dreaming of the day you can walk through the Great Hall doors for the first time? Well now you can, because there are newly constructed luxury apartments right next to the real-life Great Hall from the Harry Potter movies.

Fans can now live out their ultimate Wizarding World dreams, as two luxury flats have been made in the heart of the castle at Royal Connaught Park in Bushey, Hertfordshire, home of the original Great Hall.

According to the Mirror, Rightmove—a UK-based property rental website—has shared an ad for two-bed apartments within the Victorian castle, which is home to the Great Hall from the first three Harry Potter films.

The property used to be the home of the Royal Masonic School for Boys. Now, thanks to recent renovations, Potterheads can rent out the new, unfurnished apartments for $2800 a month.

Fans who can scavenge up enough knuts, sickles, and galleons will not only have the Great Hall to visit but also 100 acres of parkland that surrounds the property, a private leisure center complete with saunas and pools, a tennis court, and 24-hour concierge and shuttle services.

The site served as a set for Harry Potter, but also for movies like Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Hot Fuzz, and the long-running TV series EastEnders.

[h/t: Mirror]