On Wednesday, sources close to Nintendo disclosed the company is working on a mini version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The next Classic Edition console will reportedly launch this Christmas.
The report also said the SNES mini was likely to follow the steps of the recently discontinued NES Classic Edition and its plug-and-play format. Eurogamer was the first to break the news about the upcoming novelty system.
Nintendo is currently focused on the Switch, its new hybrid console. The video game giant recently offered an update on the titles coming to the platform. It also revealed it would sell a new set of Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers and limited amounts of extra Docks.
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The idea of an affordable, compact version of the Super Nintendo has fans quite excited. The NES Classic Edition was a huge hit, and it enjoyed a warm reception from both nostalgic gamers and youngsters.
In spite of this, the report comes at a time when Nintendo enthusiasts are still reasonably upset at the company for suddenly announcing the end of that mini console. Experts suggest these new rumors may shed some new light on the issue.
Eurogamer sources did not confirm much else aside from the fact that the new SNES mini is already on its way. That might explain why the unexpected drop of the NES mini, analysts speculate.
With a new Classic console scheduled to start production soon, Nintendo could not continue to manufacture the hit system. Last week, a company representative explained the novelty NES was planned as a limited release, and that they did not expect it would become so successful.
Now, tech outlets and industry experts are wary of the new report. If this is Nintendo’s strategy for the SNES Classic Edition as well, then the firm should at least be transparent about it when Christmas comes, and the console launches.
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It is important to note that, for the time being, this is all speculation. Nintendo refused to comment on the recent rumors, and fans are already too busy considering which classic titles will come pre-loaded on the mini SNES.
The Super Nintendo was home to classic titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Chrono Trigger, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Earthbound, Star Fox and more.
If the reports are true, then the SNES Classic Edition or however the company decides to market it should hit stores in very limited quantities this Holiday season. Following its predecessor, it should come with at least 30 games ready to play.