Nintendo is preparing to release a mini SNES system by Christmas of this year, which is great news to fans of classic consoles. This comes quickly after the recent news that Nintendo was discontinuing the popular throwback NES Classic Edition, which worried fans until this new announcement was made. The NES Classic was a huge hit when it was released for the 2016 holiday season, although Nintendo was plagued by supply issues due to not expecting as much demand as the product ended up receiving. It is yet to be seen what games will be preloaded with the SNES console, although early predictions peg fan favorites such as Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as prime candidates for inclusion.
Some people are still hesitant to call this official, as this was first reported as a rumor by Eurogamer. However, they’ve recently been accurate with their Nintendo scoops. For example, the publication was the first to reveal the concept of the Nintendo Switch, calling it “a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers”. Interestingly, in Eurogamer‘s report, it was hinted that the development of an SNES Classic Edition contributed to the eventual discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition. Analysts say it would still be a very unusual decision for the gaming giant to make, given the wide critical acclaim the console received from gaming critics and audiences alike. Some gaming industry experts are also worried that Nintendo will keep making these emulators limited edition and remove the SNES Classic Edition from circulation after one or two years.
Nintendo is expecting huge Christmas sales now that it plans to ramp up Nintendo Switch sales alongside the release of its SNES Classic Edition. Other offerings that are expected to sell well for Nintendo this holiday season include new games for the Nintendo 3DS, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.