Nintendo's Mini-Sized Classic Console is Coming Back in 2018

Posted September 14, 2017

The logo of Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is displayed at a show room in Tokyo on July 20, 2016.

Nintendo attributed the decision to stop production to "limited resources". More details on the rerelease will be announced soon. But now it appears the company is rethinking its strategy.

It is a good thing that Nintendo had a change of plans, as this would allow more retro gamers to enjoy the 8-bit gaming experience offered by the classic console with its 30 built-in games.

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After discontinuing the product this spring, Nintendo has announced that it is bringing back the NES Classic Edition in 2018. Twenty-one games will be available for the SNES edition, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. It will also include a new title, "Star Fox 2". The console is expected to sell out just as quickly as it did when it was released on the same date previous year, but Best Buy is now taking pre-orders of the SNES. This resulted in a huge price spike on platforms like eBay and Amazon, as players were forced to turn to third party distributors to get their hands on the console.

Considering the threat of bankruptcy that they faced past year, Nintendo seems to be intent on not making the same mistakes again. The company said it will ship more units of the Super NES Classic Edition on its US launch day, September 29, than all of a year ago with the NES Classic Edition. The gaming company also plans to begin shipping the pre-orders of the SNES Classic by September 29.

In its most recent quarter, the company sold 1.97 million Switch consoles.