Rumor: Nintendo to Launch SNES Mini in Holiday 2017

Hot off the heels of their confusing-at-best discontinuation of the NES Classic, a new rumor points to the company making a surprisingly logical next step: releasing a re-release of the Super Nintendo / Famicom.

The new rumor comes via Eurogamer, who cites sources “close to the company” noting the new hardware is being readied for a holiday 2017 release. Considering the general lack of available for the NES Classic, we can only hope they’ll make enough units to meet demand – if the rumor is true.

In the case of the discontinuation of the NES Classic, Nintendo said they were halting production on the console, and if they decide to put it back into production, they’ll let us know via their official website. Perhaps we’ll see both classic gaming consoles on the market at the same time in the future?

Further details like games included, dimensions, and so on weren’t confirmed – but we’ll keep you guys posted.

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  • Psyramics

    *stares into crystal ball*
    Discontinued in March 2018.

  • Mr0303

    This would be good news, but I bet the moment the Switch gets VC SNES games they’ll halt production on this one too.

  • I doubt it’ll last very long. Why make good business decisions when you can have autism instead? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b07034a62a212a4ade232fe46496c33c3a2443c7780d79d634710326907ad7d5.png

  • catazxy

    I bet it will have like a 20 games limit.

  • Forky

    Why do people act like Nintendo’s short supply is hurting them? They’re artificially driving up demand by limiting supply. They also guarantee that almost 100% of manufactured units will sell.
    When you release something that costs $10 to manufacture and sells for $60 with guaranteed sales for all units, I’m pretty sure you’re making money.

    Same with the Switch. It would be a failing console if not for the limited supply, driving up demand.

  • evilmajikman

    Not interested. #FuckNintendo

  • RichardGristle

    There’s no need to artificially drive up demand, you fool. That’s the entire point. The demand is there. They’re leaving insane amounts of money on the table.

    Discontinuing a product that will leave tens of thousands of people without a purchase is as full-blown retarded as it gets.

  • RichardGristle

    Nope. Done with this company.

  • DrearierSpider

    At this point, you could make a career out of being a scalper of Nintendo products.

  • OSad

    I’d say it was a lack of foresight more than full-blown retardness. Like Mr0303 alludes to, Nintendo probably doesn’t want two of their products competing with each other. Why buy a 299$ machine when you *could* buy one for 60 dollars, that has 30 of the games you’d theoretically want to play on it, on top of being able to sideload hundreds more with a bit of light tinkering?

    If people didn’t figure out how to load more games onto it so quickly (which was inevitable, the hardware is incredibly spartan, hence the lack of foresight), I bet Nintendo would be just fine with producing more NES Minis. The NES library is huge to begin with and 30 games are a taste of what the system has to offer. But because this happened, you’d have no reason to buy a Switch to play NES games, because the NES Mini could do that already for a much cheaper price tag.

    I dunno. I feel like that’s the reason, Nintendo isn’t retarded, they just really love money and can’t stand the thought of losing money in any fashion.

  • Bitterbear

    Now let’s hope for a Sega Genesis/Megadrive Mini this time around…

  • NukeA6

    With the way the NES mini was handled, I don’t believe it.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman
  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Sega’s had a licensed plug and play console out for years, well before the NES Classic.

    I mean, it sucks ass, but still.

  • Forky

    I wouldn’t be shocked if that’s accurate. I mean I can’t see them starting a super limited production other than to artificially drive up demand from consumers that reeeeeally don’t even know that it’s happening to them; but you may be wholly correct on the reason why they stopped it outright.

  • Fenrir007

    >paying for a console that uses catridges but uses emulation anyway

    You have to be clinically insane to buy that instead of a raspberry with an iBuffallo or that 8bitDO wireless snes gamepad. Just load up Retropie and you can enjoy not only Snes, but all other consoles up to the N64, arcades and even PC games. It also comes with a linux desktop environment and Kodi. Throw in a few extra bucks and you can even buy a retropie snes for the true hipster experience.

  • TylorW

    Nostalgia’s a helluva drug.

  • Kei

    Not really. If the SNES turns out as limited as the NES, you can resell it for a profit. Meanwhile, a Raspberry Pi has no resale value to speak of.

  • InfectedAI

    Someone told me they paid for their Switch by buying two and selling the second one.

  • nine_ball

    I seriously don’t understand the point of buying one of these things over buying the actual hardware instead. Or just emulating.

  • Fandangle

    Nostalgia and collectors.

  • BaronKrause

    I can’t imagine this will have anything decent. Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, Zelda? None will probably be on this. The virtual console versions of these still sell for too much to just come with it.

  • Magilou

    If only autism was this cute.

  • PixelBuff

    Let me guess;
    20 games
    Limited run so people go apeshit buying out the stock/scalping them
    Discontinued in a year

    Friendly reminder Nintendo is cancer.

  • Travis Touchdown

    >Tom Phillips

    The same guy who backed up Laura Kate Dale’s ”””’rumors.””’

    Not a reliable source, you fags.

  • Travis Touchdown

    “I didn’t read the post.”

    People still don’t understand Nintendo’s business strategies even when they have it spelled out for them .

    They don’t understand that selling a lot of units is NOT in and of itself a sign of success.

  • chaoguy

    Maybe Nintendo have their own scalpers? They aren’t making money from savvy business decisions.

  • RichardGristle

    IT’S A STRATEGY, GUYS. 28D CHESS.

    You Nintenyearold apologists are the absolute worst.

  • OSad

    The Pi 3 costs 40 bucks at the end of the day, while you’ll probably pay 65-70 on an SNES mini to justify whatever asinine labor they’ve put into the shell and the user interface.

    If you’re looking to buy one for the express reason in order to take advantage of the shortage these things go through, and resell it down the line, yeah, I guess there’s not really any discussion, the SNES mini would be a better purchase. At that point though, the question is not “Which one of these is the better, more versatile emulation machine?”, it’s “Which one of these will make me more money down the line when I dump it?”.

  • RHELSAGE

    And pretty sure the emulators have fixed most of the issues with a lot of the special cart games, whereas this will probably end up running sort of DOSBOX or whatever emulator with minimum settings.