Mini Super Nintendo Classic Releasing In 2017?

by Donald Theriault - April 19, 2017, 9:36 am PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Eurogamer

So much smoke it's turning the test units yellow.

The NES Classic Mini may have had to die so a SNES Classic may live, according to Eurogamer.

According to sources, the SNES Mini would come out in a similar timeslot to the NES Classic last year, and would include preinstalled games as well. The nature of the bundled games was not discussed.

Development of the SNES unit would likely be handled by Nintendo European Research & Development ("NERD") and is reportedly already underway.

Talkback

ForgottenPearlApril 19, 2017

Fishy.  I don't see why the NES Classic would "have to" die for this.  Surely both gizmos could exist side-by-side.  Plus, I thought Nintendo was making a big deal out of the SNES support for the Switch.

Donk it up KongApril 19, 2017

I was starting to think the NES Classic was just a market test, with Nintendo figuring out ways to sell their catalogue of classic games outside of a Virtual Console on their systems. If this turns out to be true, hopefully they're learned some lessons from the NES Classic and will produce more units...

ejamerApril 19, 2017

Will I ever see a single box of the rumored SNES Classic in stores?  Because if this ends up being another carrot to chase with no intention of providing reasonable levels of stock then I really couldn't care less.


(Fun fact: I never saw a copy of the NES Classic for sale anywhere except through scalpers that were asking at least twice MSRP.)

Donkos KongApril 19, 2017

NES Mini had to die because Nintendo did not want to commit more factory/manufacturing resources to a second one of these systems. Especially since they want to devote most of their resources to making more Switches.


I think the SNES Mini will suffer the same fate as the NES Mini for a long while. But I do think they will begin rotating the availability of the two devices periodically similar to how Disney rotates their classic films on DVD.

RPG_FAN128April 19, 2017

...And Nintendo will produce exactly 10,000 of them which will sell out in 7 seconds and personally I will be the recipient of exactly 0 of them. 


Cool man! 


Can't wait for the N64 mini in 2018.

Bman87301April 19, 2017

Quote from: ForgottenPearl

Fishy.  I don't see why the NES Classic would "have to" die for this.  Surely both gizmos could exist side-by-side.  Plus, I thought Nintendo was making a big deal out of the SNES support for the Switch.


Seems pretty self-explanatory to me... it isn't like they have unlimited resources. If they already had production pre-scheduled for a SNES Classic on top of the newly launched and highly in demand Switch, then their hands were already tied by the time the NES Classic became such a runaway success. Besides, this is likely part of a bigger plan they've set in motion to test the market for stand alone legacy systems to determine whether or not to continue the current Virtual Console model on Switch... I highly doubt it's coincidental that they've been so quiet about VC games for Switch and have NeoGeo titles on the Switch eShop without the "Virtual Console" label. What would REALLY be fishy is if they ended NES Classic production without something like this in the pipeline.

Maybe I just somehow missed that news... the last I was aware, Nintendo hadn't said a word about VC games on Switch period, let alone pledge support for SNES games. Can you cite a source? If not, are you sure you're not just thinking of the relatively new SNES VC support on the New 3DS?

ForgottenPearlApril 21, 2017

Quote from: Bman87301

Quote from: ForgottenPearl

Fishy.  I don't see why the NES Classic would "have to" die for this.  Surely both gizmos could exist side-by-side.  Plus, I thought Nintendo was making a big deal out of the SNES support for the Switch.


Seems pretty self-explanatory to me... it isn't like they have unlimited resources. If they already had production pre-scheduled for a SNES Classic on top of the newly launched and highly in demand Switch, then their hands were already tied by the time the NES Classic became such a runaway success. Besides, this is likely part of a bigger plan they've set in motion to test the market for stand alone legacy systems to determine whether or not to continue the current Virtual Console model on Switch... I highly doubt it's coincidental that they've been so quiet about VC games for Switch and have NeoGeo titles on the Switch eShop without the "Virtual Console" label. What would REALLY be fishy is if they ended NES Classic production without something like this in the pipeline.

Maybe I just somehow missed that news... the last I was aware, Nintendo hadn't said a word about VC games on Switch period, let alone pledge support for SNES games. Can you cite a source? If not, are you sure you're not just thinking of the relatively new SNES VC support on the New 3DS?

A huge company like Nintendo could surely produce more of these little consoles if they wanted to.  If they seriously lacked the resources to do so, and if there were already an SNES Classic planned, they could delay it until meeting the demand for the NES Classic.  But, really, I think all these "shortages" are mostly ways for Nintendo to get free advertising and pressure people into buying things quickly before they disappear.


Also, Nintendo's online service will allow you to rent SNES games on the Switch with online play enhancements.  Look that up yourself.

Donk-Nick KongApril 23, 2017

Quote from: Stratos

NES Mini had to die because Nintendo did not want to commit more factory/manufacturing resources to a second one of these systems. Especially since they want to devote most of their resources to making more Switches.


I think the SNES Mini will suffer the same fate as the NES Mini for a long while. But I do think they will begin rotating the availability of the two devices periodically similar to how Disney rotates their classic films on DVD.

I think the idea that the NES Mini had to die to because of a limited manufacturing capacity conflicts with this new rumor.  It made sense beforehand: the Switch is barely staying on shelves, Amiibo have notorious instock problems.  But now Nintendo seemingly has capacity to make an SNES Mini?  Or are they just projecting to have additional capacity in future because they cancelled the NES?

Donkos KongApril 23, 2017

That's exactly what I meant, killing the NES Mini made room for the SNES Mini in their production schedule.

Evan_BApril 24, 2017

I think the NES Mini had to die so that the complaints of entitled consumers could live.

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