Nintendo Planning to Release an SNES Mini This Year

Nintendo Planning to Release an SNES Mini This Year

During the interview, Nintendo stated that the Mini NES was never meant to be a permanent product, which doesn't come to a surprise with Nintendo's marketing strategy to drive sales.

While information on the mini-console is thin on the ground, early rumours suggest it could arrive later this year.

According to Eurogamer:"The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo's official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is now scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year".

Eurogamer's sources, however, said Nintendo also discontinued the NES Classic Edition to make room in manufacturing for the SNES version.

The Mini NES came with 30 games, but hopefully Nintendo packs even more titles into the Mini SNES because it's hard to weed out that rich library. On the bright side, the SNES has a variety of classic games. The sales numbers were revealed at the last financial results briefing by Nintendo, and it was speculated at the time that Nintendo might have stumbled upon a potential gold-mine in the form of "mini" versions of its popular consoles. Although some of us were lucky enough to get our hands on one, many of us weren't, and it's an unfortunate situation. What's more, while Nintendo technically sold more NES than SNES consoles over their respective lifetimes (roughly 62 million versus 49 million), the SNES is generally remembered as the superior experience. We don't want to go through the same experience with the SNES Mini.

Confirmation that a SNES Classic Edition is in the works makes it much easier to understand Nintendo's decision. We don't know which games Nintendo would choose to include, though. Nintendo pulled the NES Classic from its website not long ago and from retailers across the country. We expect the SNES Classic Mini to cost a similar price, if not the same.

For the uninitiated, the NES Mini launched a year ago.

The company's latest console just became the fastest selling video game system in the the company's history.

Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition.

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