Nintendo took the gaming (and '80s nostalgia) world by storm when the company announced it'd be rereleasing a mini version of the classic Nintendo system back in 2016, complete with 30 games, for just $60.
Unfortunately, that release was plagued by delays, shortages, and cancellations that frustrated pretty much everyone, and then the incredibly popular system was abruptly (and bafflingly) discontinued to make way for the SNES Classic, which looks to be plagued with similar release woes.
But now Nintendo has confirmed the NES Classic console will return for those who couldn’t get their hands on one the first time around. The NES mini system will return to shelves in 2018, and if that wasn’t good enough news, the SNES Classic will also continue to ship through the end of next year. Previously, Nintendo had announced that the system would only be produced in 2017. There will also be more units available at launch date, as confirmed by Nintendo.
Nintendo’s decisions with these consoles has been somewhat baffling — wanting to create demand (even through artificial shortages) is somewhat understandable, but discontinuing incredibly popular products altogether? It’s strange, to say the least. But the good news is these systems are back in production, so make your plans to get your hands on one as soon as you can.