Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Rumor: Nintendo working on SNES Mini

Rumor: Nintendo working on SNES Mini

The company stated last Thursday that the NES Classic was sold as a cool novelty item for holidays and not a permanent product.

A new rumbling is happening on the web and it's about another retro console making a comeback. It's something I genuinely hope will happen, especially given that the Super Nintendo wasn't officially released here in South Africa.

"Throughout April, NOA [Nintendo of America] territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year", the company told IGN.

Like the NES mini, the SNES mini will be a plug and play device that comes pre-installed with a number of games. We can expect it to ship with Nintendo's classic lineup of SNES games, though. Maybe next year we'll get an N64 Classic Edition with Goldeneye and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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If Eurogamer's miniature SNES report is accurate, of course, it torpedoes that theory: why cancel one potential conflict of interest only to introduce another? If the mini SNES arrives better stocked and more widely available, then perhaps there truly were genuine issues getting those NES Classic Editions churned out, with Nintendo ultimately giving up trying soon after.

Until the SNES is officially revealed, we won't know which games will come bundled in the box.

But back to the SNES mini, assuming the accuracy of Eurogamer's report, then yes, of course Nintendo needs to rethink its approach to supply. Nintendo pulled the NES Classic from its website not long ago and from retailers across the country. As the NES Mini is out of production now, it seems that the Japanese tech giant has started working to produce the next Mini console. Now Nintendo has discontinued the NES Classic in Europe as well.

The company's latest console just became the fastest selling video game system in the the company's history. Maybe Super Metroid, or Chrono Trigger?

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