If you are still angry about missing your shot to get the pint-sized NES Classic Edition from Nintendo back in the Fall of 2016, fear not! Nintendo has just announced that they will be bringing the NES Classic back to production this year, and also bringing the SNES Classic back as well. For those who don’t remember, the NES Classic is a mini version of Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), that hooks up to your TV via HDMI input and lets you play a handful of classic games alone or with a friend.
As seen here, the game list is quite extensive and covers a lot of the old fan-favorites from the NES days.
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
If you missed the original NES back when it debuted twenty-some years ago, and/or missed the NES Classic release a year and a half ago this will be your time to shine. The SNES Classic will be back as well, bringing with it a big list of classic Super Nintendo games for all to enjoy. Currently, Nintendo lists the re-releases to hit store shelves this September, but as was before, demand will likely be high. With more units being produced (on top of 5 Million sold) the likelihood is high that anyone who missed out before should finally be able to get one. You may want to check your local electronics or gaming store a few weeks early for news on pricing and pre-order availability, but you should have no problem securing one or both of these new releases this year, just in time for the family holiday season! Be on the lookout for more news on the units in the coming months.
The NES Classic mini has come and is going, all too quickly for customers who are increasingly frustrated with their inability to obtain one. The NES Classic mini was preloaded with 30 games and could not have any added to the system. The 30 games preloaded into the NES Classic Mini were some of the classics including Zelda, Mario, and Metroid.
In April 2017, just six months after the product was launched, Nintendo announced that they were stopping production of the NES mini. The product sold out on the day it was released within minutes of the product release and was never in stock, in stores or online, for very long. Scalpers seemed to be the only ones who consistently profited from the product as Nintendo sold it at $60 per unit and it was resold frequently for over $200.
Many users were concerned and complained with the cancellation of the product as well as their inability to obtain one, despite their interest in it. Nintendo didn’t explain their desire to cancel the product until an recent interview with Time magazine. Per this interview, Nintendo indicated that they originally planned the NES mini to be just in place for the holiday season of 2016 but it sold over 2 million units.
The President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, indicated that the company continued to add shipments of the products but was unable to meet the demand, which surprised the company. Nintendo apologized for their inability to meet the need for customers but indicated that the company has other products that they are working on, including the Nintendo Switch which was released in early 2017, and that they were unable to keep so many projects ongoing. File-Aime indicated that Nintendo does not have unlimited resources and was overwhelmed by the demand as well as their focus on the Switch and future projects for the company.
There are rumors that Nintendo will be releasing a similar product as the NES Classic Mini but for the Super Nintendo system. This product will likely come out for the 2017 Christmas season and customers are hoping that Nintendo will have learned the lesson that they, and their customers learned, with the release of the Nintendo Classic.