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SNES Classic Edition Reportedly Coming Later This Year

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On the heels of the crushing news that Nintendo was discontinuing the popular NES Classic Edition, Eurogamer is reporting that an SNES version will arrive later this year. Eurogamer’s sources have revealed that the SNES mini-emulator is already in production, and should arrive in time for this holiday season. Eurogamer is one of gaming’s most credible sources, and almost always trustworthy when it comes to this kind of insider news.

Canceling one product to make room for another makes a bit more sense, even if Nintendo grossly underestimated the nostalgic appeal of the NES Classic Edition. The NES quickly sold out and despite some trickling new stock Nintendo was never able to meet the high demand. Instead of trying to make the NES a permanent SKU, it seems they have plans to simply move on to their next project.

Every loving thing said about the NES can be applied to the SNES ten times over. The NES may have saved gaming but the SNES solidified Nintendo has the premiere gaming company throughout the 90s.

The 16-bit console is home to many of the greatest games of all time, particularly the golden age of Japanese RPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy II and III (IV and VI). Beat ’em ups Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time and Sunset Riders were fantastic couch co-op games. Nintendo had a host of excellent first-part titles as well, from Super Mario World to Super Mario Kart and Super Metroid.

Hopefully Nintendo has learned its lesson from the NES Classic Edition. If you thought that retro console was in high demand, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

 

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NES Classic Edition Discontinued After Less Than Six Months

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In less than stellar Nintendo news, the company has announced that they are officially discontinuing the NES Classic Edition.

The retro console launched last November. Since then it has been notoriously sold out and extremely difficult to find due to high demand. Additional units have been supplied sporadically in the following months, but no where near enough to meet demand, leading the console’s price to skyrocket from resellers.. But this week’s news of cancellation is a jarring shock to many who were still holding out hope.

Here is Nintendo of America’s official 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.

A Nintendo representative told IGN that the “NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product.” This is absolutely baffling given the obvious popularity of a nostalgic console at a prime price point ($60) packed with 30 games.

The NES Classic Edition was a tiny re-production of the original Nintendo Entertainment System that helped save gaming in the mid-80s. The NES is one of the most important consoles ever made, with an impressive library of classic games. The NES Classic Edition included all the best games, from Mario to Zelda and Metroid. Nintendo grossly miscalculated the number of nostalgic fans who wanted to relive the classics in a neat little package.

Nintendo claims they have listened to consumer feedback. An optimist may hope that this means we’ll see a new version of the retro console soon, as there’s clearly still a high demand for it. We can only hope that Nintendo, a company that’s well over a century old, learns a lot of lessons about market prediction and supply and demand.