Nintendo Files New Trademark for Super Famicom Controller

Nintendo has filed a new trademark that has us wondering if they’re planning a SNES classic in the vein of their wildly popular NES classic gaming console.

The new trademark was publicly revealed on December 24th, and it’s for the Super Famicom controller.

While this could be Nintendo simply protecting their legacy hardware and design, you have to admit the timing is a bit convenient after their holiday launch for the NES classic.

Would you throw down for a SNES classic re-release? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Lester Paredes

    That would depend on wether or not I can get more games for it than what it comes packaged with. That’s the reason I skipped out on the NES Classic.

  • Mr0303

    This could also be a controller for the Switch.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    If the classic SNES doesnt come packaged with at least one JRPG like Chrono Trigger or FF4, then thats a massive ripoff

  • orbo

    Seeing as they massively underestimated the demand for the NES classic and were completely blown away by its popularity, it wouldn’t surprise me.
    It’s clear they gave it low priority, with low supply and next to no advertisement, they just sold it like some cheap toy thinking only only a niche audience would be interested.
    Even Reggie from Nintendo admitted that they seriously underestimated the demand for it.

    Now they’ve realized they’re sitting on free money.

  • Tyrone Jackson

    >retro gaming is a huge fad with nu-gamers
    >older gamers constantly talk about how things just aren’t the same as they used to be
    >Nintendo wasn’t able to gauge that people would buy a Classic NES in droves

    Nintendo ain’t the brightest bunch.

  • DrearierSpider

    “massively underestimated”

    I’m sure that’s part of it, but Nintendo has a clear history of making too few units to create artificial scarcity. I’m convinced that was at least baked into their strategy.

  • RPG

    I have to agree. Nintendo has had a very definite track record of doing this in the past. Nintendo clearly knows human nature towards us wanting something that we cannot have even more, and how to exploit it. You can’t tell me a company as big and with as much money and influence as Nintendo cannot have the resources and common sense to have at least a decent supply to meet the demand for their customers.

  • RPG

    I have been intrigued by the NES Classic, with the main reason for me not having acquired one yet being the fact that there is no option to have more games on the system, and obviously, the severe lack of them in stores to actually obtain it.
    However, if a SNES classic came out, I would go fucking bananas for that shit, no question. The Super Nintendo is my favorite console of all time, and It would be great to have a compilation of games to hook up easily on an HDTV, and with the same great, mini detail as the NES classic.
    If Nintendo somehow announced a way to add to the library via post-launch downloadable content or something, then I would be absolutely sold.

  • orbo

    Normally I would agree with you two, but after having been out around a month and only around a week before christmas it had only sold around 200k units.
    Not because people weren’t buying them, they were, and they were, and still are, impossible to find.
    They could have easily sold a couple million of them for the christmas rush had they the supply for it.
    But christmas is over, and so is the potential holiday sales they could have got with it.

    This isn’t the wii, it isn’t going to sell gangbusters all year round, and someone from their advertisement division is getting fired.

  • WillysJeepMan

    I’m not convinced that it was part of their strategy… I’m convinced that it was TOTALLY their strategy. You correctly point out that Nintendo has a history of doing this. It was deliberate.

    I don’t know why they think this approach is better than making enough units to satisfy demand, but I suppose it must work because they keep doing it.

    The shortage for the NES Classic was so severe that even those who decided to make a Raspberry Pi-based emulator kit (that fits inside a vintage NES cartridge) found it difficult to buy the parts. (some of the suppliers of the components found in popular YouTube videos went out of stock on those parts).

    Since it didn’t look like I was going to be able to get an official NES Classic for my son’s Christmas present, I ordered the parts from Amazon and put together a “NES Classic IKEA Edition” (completed with a photoshopped box cover and IKEA instruction manual… ANYESS)

    I had a difficult time sourcing some of the parts. But I did find stuff that would work. Ironically, after I had everything all packaged up, I managed to snag an official NES Classic on 12/20 at Best Buy.

    In protest, I installed the Homebrew Channel on my Wii (was stored away for a few years) and installed the NES, SNES, Genesis, Colecovision, and Nintendo 64 emulators. Take THAT Nintendo. LOL

    I think it would be terrific if Nintendo (and Sega for that matter) would re-manufacture their classic consoles.

  • AR7777

    Additionally I heard it has really short controller cables and the sound emulation is not perfect (some things sound differently).

  • Dennis Benjamin

    I built a RetroPie. It plays multiple video game systems games. So I have this controller, the NES one and the N64 one. Yes, I own all the original systems and most of the games too.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    SNES Mini is a safe bet. It would be nice if these plug and play consoles had VC support so you could download more games.

  • Josh

    Release it with internet support and more storage so it can download more games.

  • アマージョ

    yeah keep believing what they did didn’t have to do with ZERO risk regarding their profits considering how they ALWAYS do this.

  • Chris Skiver

    Yes coming next Christmas the Super NES Mini. They’re going to make 17 of them and send them to random stores one of the time. Get in line at Best Buy now. Nintendo telling us to go screw ourselves one holiday at a time

  • jwrose

    No. This was not a strategy, at least not scarcity for the whole christmas season. If they were short on supply for a week or two, that would be strategic. NO ONE in their right mind would keep supply artificially low for the entirety of the biggest shopping season of the year. They might have artificially shipped too few the first week, but the biggest issue was they completely underestimated demand and were not able to get on top of it. The issue is it was a fairly cheap product at $60 so they had to ship it by boat to protect profit margins (Nintendo usually ships by boat as its MUCH cheaper). Comapies like Apple can ship by air since iPhones are so much more expensive and have a nice margin.
    Nintendo severely underestimated demand and may not have been able to change their hardware manufacturing orders that close to Christmas, plus shipping (between the time it takes at port and a slow boat) they couldn’t get enough product to American shores with only 6 weeks to work with. It can take around a month to get product shipped this way. They likely were forced to go with their original plan as their manifacturering orders were already placed.

  • WillysJeepMan

    Well I guess we’ll simply have to disagree. It is not plausible that a company with a long history and experience like Nintendo regularly underestimates demands for their products.

  • jwrose

    Yep, we will. I’m only talking about this instance. I’m not saying every shortage is this necessarily- but most people don’t understand how long it takes to get things manufactured oversees and shipping via boat. On top of that, Nintendo is a VERY conservative company who is in a hard place financially right now with an uncertain future with the switch. They would rather underestimate demand and sell out, than produce too much and have it sit around.
    What benefit does Nintendo get for intentionally not selling millions of dollars in product when the company is struggling when everyone is looking to buy? Reggie would be out of a job for a decision like that.
    Another time people accused Nintendo of shorting shipments was in 1999 with the gameboy at Christmas. Turned out, one of their boats sank and they lost a huge shipment.
    Accusing a company that they are holding back stock for long periods is always the easy approach. Its usually more complex and more logical than a company refusing to make money.

  • AR7777

    In your opinion are the nes and n64 usb controllers good? I want to build a retropie and would like to use specific controllers for each emulator but I’m afraid they’d be of poor quality (bad d-pad or analog stick)

  • fire lion

    People think Steve Jobs mastered this.

  • RPG

    Right, I forgot about the short controller length. That is definitely another strike for me. I did not hear anything about sound issues with the emulation though? I really hope that is not the case. You would think if anything, an official product from Nintendo would be able to have that running smoothly. If not, that is very bad for them, to say the least.

  • AR7777

    Check this nesdev thread, here they talk about sound emulation.

  • Uncle Slick

    Oh shit.