Nintendo developing SNES mini

Posted April 20, 2017

Earlier this month, Nintendo provided the following statement regarding the end of production: We understand that it has been hard for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize.

A new rumbling is happening on the web and it's about another retro console making a comeback. A report from Eurogamer this morning quotes a source close to the company that, as the NES Classic Edition becomes discontinued around the world, work is being done on an SNES Classic Edition-like micro console. Will you purchase Super Nintendo Classic Mini?

Eurogamer, citing sources familiar to the matter, reports that Nintendo is now in the development stage for a SNES mini set to launch later this year. That said, I'm not sure I buy this bizarre-sounding notion that the NES Classic was discontinued to make room for a classic SNES.

We can only hope Nintendo follows through this time and can keep the console in stock at retailers. But a new report, suggesting that Nintendo is preparing to roll out a SNES Mini, sheds a new light on that revelation from last week. Unfortunately, Nintendo couldn't extend the run of the NES mini since it already had plans to release the SNES mini.

Nintendo knows how much you love obsessing over objects of your youth and that you will drive yourself insane trying to find them. It came as quite a shock, because not only was the NES Classic Edition extremely popular, it was in extraordinarily short supply constantly since it was launched late past year. It is now scheduled for a launch ahead of Christmas later this year. The SNES Mini seems a pretty good candidate.

The NES Classic Edition was a commercial failure.

If one is in the works, it would nearly certainly be expected to ship with a number of Nintendo's classic lineup of SNES games and, learning from the NES Classic experience, might feature internet connectivity so that additional games from the SNES back-catalogue could be downloaded. More likely, it's just Nintendo being Nintendo, sticking to plan in defiance of cynical presumptions that the only defensible rationale for a given business maneuver is mercenary profitability. Who among us would not love to spend a Christmas morning ripping through Donkey Kong Country or the original Super Mario Kart?

Presumably Nintendo will produce more of the SNES Classic than they did the NES Classic.