Nintendo to launch SNES mini this year

Posted April 20, 2017

At the time, Nintendo simply said it never intended the revived NES to be a long-term product.

Nintendo might release another console this year aimed at nostalgia-seekers.

A new rumbling is happening on the web and it's about another retro console making a comeback.

"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". 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). Given the success of the NES Classic Edition, releasing an SNES version seems like a logical move. Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll update it as more information is revealed.

The company has yet to comment on talk of an upcoming SNES Mini console, though. We got this signal a year ago with the NES, and now we're receiving it again with the upcoming SNES. In response to a question about resurfacing the NES Classic down the road, Nintendo told TIME that it had "no plans to produce more NES Classic Edition systems for [Nintendo of America] regions". The rumored SNES Mini has the potential to become an even bigger hit, given some of the awesome games that were available on that platform including Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and Street Fighter II Turbo.

The NES remake was so in-demand previous year that when Target Australia restocked and began selling it in mid-December, the enormous amount of hopeful buyers crashed the site.

The NES Classic Edition is an adorably small console - so small it fits in your palm. The console was great, as the gamer did not have to worry about any software update, day-one patches or compatibility issues.

Sources within Nintendo have confirmed to EuroGamer that the company is set to release the SNES Classic Edition in late 2017. That will culminate in the launch of the first Mario game for the Switch - "Super Mario Odyssey" - during the holiday shopping season.