Last week, Nintendo ceased production of its NES Mini consoles despite sky high demand and extremely limited supplies, particularly in the US. This obviously irked a few fans who were still trying to track one down, and it’s raised the asking price from scalpers. It was a textbook bizarre Nintendo decision, although it makes a little more sense with the fresh rumour that Nintendo plans to launch a SNES Mini later this year.
According to sources close to Eurogamer, who also broke the news of the Nintendo Switch and Project Scorpio, the SNES Mini will be launching in time for Christmas 2017, and it’s the leading reason why production of the NES Mini was cancelled. And not because the NES Mini was busted wide open and folks were installing the entire NES library on there. Ahem.
Anyway, if you thought the NES Mini was hard to get hold of, just wait ‘til the SNES Mini rolls out. The NES may have outsold the SNES originally, but there’s a huge degree of nostalgia for the 16-bit era that’s just waiting to be tapped. It also helps the system had an unbelievable library of games over the spread of five years, making the prospect of trimming it down to a selection of 30 a very tricky process.
The NES Mini’s selection of 30 titles was a decent mix of first and third-party titles, with a few curveballs thrown into the mix. For the SNES Mini however, Nintendo has the likes of F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Pilotwings, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Super Metroid, Earthbound, Super Punch-Out!!!, Star Fox and Super Mario RPG from first party alone. Then there’s the likes of Chrono Trigger, Tales of Phantasia, Secret of Mana, Street Fighter II, ActRaiser, Super Castlevania IV and Final Fantasy III through VI, and more. The potential lineup could be quality in the extreme.
One thing is for sure - if you’ve got any interest in a SNES Mini then you’re going to have to act fast. These are going to sell like hotcakes, and true Nintendo style they’re going to be available in limited quantities. We’ll keep you updated on any official announcements nearer the time, although I’d expect to hear a few whispers during Nintendo’s inevitable E3 2017 press conference.