Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Edition Globally

Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Edition Globally

In a statement, it said that the last shipments of the NES Classic would be shipped this month - despite pent-up demand for the product, which has quickly sold out.

It would be a real treat if this retro console re-release becomes an annual tradition from Nintendo. A report on Eurogamer claims Nintendo is planning to give the SNES the Mini treatment for release this year.

After the unbridled success of its Nintendo Classic Edition, Nintendo may unveil a follow up to it, this time focused around Super Nintendo. "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", they say. This tiny device offering 30 classic games updated to support the HD TVs we all now own proved to be extremely popular. It was a miniaturised version of Nintendo's first home console from the eighties, sporting HDMI-out and running multiple emulated versions of popular games. We're hoping that this system sticks around for good, but we still recommend staying vigilant so you can order one the second they go on sale.

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Nintendo has declined to comment on the SNES Mini, stay tuned to Gameranx as we will bring you more news as it unfolds.

There's no word on what games the teensy SNES might include. Presumably, it would be tiny like the NES Classic Edition - a smaller, near-identical version of the original hardware. It's fair to assume that the best Nintendo games on the console will be included, such as Super Mario World, Zelda and Super Metroid. But the company seemed to believe it had enough stock to satisfy the market before moving on to the mini SNES in 2017. It is now scheduled for a launch ahead of Christmas later this year. And just like it demonstrated during its launch, the NES Classic Edition only lasted for a brief period of time.

Nintendo's desire to launch the SNES mini may be the real reason behind discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. The console was great, as the gamer did not have to worry about any software update, day-one patches or compatibility issues.

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