With supply having never actually caught up to demand, Nintendo recently pulled the plug on its NES Classic mini-console for no obvious reason. Now, we might know why.
A new report from Eurogamer claims the company wrapped up production on the NES Classic to make room on the manufacturing line for a SNES Classic that will allegedly hit shelves before the 2017 holiday season. Which makes sense — the NES Classic was a massive success, and Nintendo could never produce enough of them to actually keep them on shelves (feel free to pay triple the asking price on eBay if you’re still in the market).
Putting out a SNES Classic seems like an obvious move, if only because many of the company’s most iconic titles were released on the console. Seriously, who wouldn’t pony up for a tiny box that could play Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Star Fox, and my gosh the list just goes on and on.
This would also give Nintendo some fresh buzz alongside the Switch heading into Christmas, and here’s hoping they could work out the design kinks from the NES Classic with round two (namely, those maddeningly short controller cords). Plus, if they actually start production soon-ish, they might be able to get enough of these things on the market to where it’s not a complete nightmare (or, well, at least less of a nightmare) to try and find one.
What do you think? Do you want to see a SNES Classic later this year?