The truth about his retail distribution will come out eventually. So far, he’s all talk, no action. Ever notice he stopped saying, “looking forward to proving you wrong?”
Is it unethical to take money so far in advance? Probably, but they’re doing it willingly, and supposedly it’s easy to get refunds, at least for now.
As to your question, it’s trying to have it both ways, using retro brands for the oldies, new (or scavenged) titles for the kids. Something for everyone. Three billion casual gamers who don’t buy video games will line up to buy video games because Cornholio Tallarico is so very.