It looks like Nintendo has another video game console planned for 2017, and it’s a throwback to the early 1990s.
According to a report from Eurogamer, Nintendo is preparing to release a miniaturized version of the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) later this year. The system is said to be very similar to the NES Classic Edition: It would come with games built in and use a facsimile of the original SNES gamepad (seen above). Presumably, it would be tiny like the NES Classic Edition — a smaller, near-identical version of the original hardware.
None of this has been confirmed by Nintendo; we’ve reached out for comment and have yet to hear back.
Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the Super Nintendo? It’s time to get familiar: The SNES was the successor to the original Nintendo Entertainment System — the console that cemented Nintendo’s position as a leader in the world of video games. It is, in many ways, regarded as Nintendo’s golden era of gaming.
The SNES is the console that perfected many of the franchises that Nintendo’s still known for today: Games like “Donkey Kong Country,” “Super Mario World,” and “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” are just a few examples of the incredible catalogue of games on the SNES. It’s unclear what games might appear on the purported SNES Classic Edition, but if it’s legit you can bet that the trio above will be part of that console’s lineup.
But, if Nintendo does end up releasing an SNES Classic Edition, would the company be able to keep up with demand?
When Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition console in late 2016 — a miniature version of the NES with 30 classic games built in, with a $US60 price tag — people bought it in droves. Nintendo couldn’t keep up with demand, and the console has been sold out everywhere since.
Then, Nintendo suddenly canceled the NES Classic Edition last week. No real reason was given, though we’ve got some ideas. For now, take the report with a grain of salt until we have a more direct confirmation from Nintendo — check it out in full right here on Eurogamer.