Rumour: Nintendo Working on a SNES Mini for Release in Q4 2017

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 12:44 PM

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.

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04:44 Apr-21-2017

i dont think nintendo planed to make big money on selling virtual games on nes mini, i think its a collector item and thats why it is limited to small number of units, same will be with snes mini, thats why they are so expensive, in my country nes mini cost used 100 euros and its hard to find

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05:26 Apr-21-2017

The reason it cost so much is because of scalpers. They generally buy large quantities of an item only to turn it around and sell it for more and they are often the very reason why items like this are hard to find at a not rip-off price. The NES Mini MSRP is 60 USD (55.98 Euro).

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03:03 Apr-21-2017

Another rare collector's item :D

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22:18 Apr-20-2017

Sounds nice but I won't get it. I am done with those "stay at home" consoles. As much as I want a PS3 and PS4 for certain games, they would only be played for those games only to then just sit around and collect dust for the rest of their miserable, pitiful lives. It is that on top of what I said earlier that prevents me from getting either one of those systems and why I would be much more interested in the PS Vita over the PS3 and PS4.


That said (1/2)

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22:22 Apr-20-2017

I have a Nintendo Switch which will likely get any game on this system in it's virtual console when it comes out later this year, so tell me. Just why would I want one?


Super NES games on the go with the Nintendo Switch sounds much more appealing to me. (2/2)

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22:26 Apr-20-2017

It is also for this same reason I will be going with a laptop for my next gaming rig.

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16:17 Apr-20-2017

If it has Donkey Kong Country then I'll be buying it ASAP

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05:43 Apr-21-2017

You know it is going to have Donkey Kong Country on it because it was one of the many games they made so much money from.

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13:03 Apr-20-2017

I wonder if Nintendo will f$%k this up like they did with the NES mini :/

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13:13 Apr-20-2017

Yes. Yes they will.

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13:14 Apr-20-2017

Although, I have to say I found getting a NES Mini easy here in the UK? Now it's just sat on my desk. I should probably use it sometime.

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13:39 Apr-20-2017

They're available on Ebay but they're double and triple the price unfortunately, I'd love one but I'm too stubborn to get ripped off lol

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14:40 Apr-20-2017

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