Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that the popular NES Classic Edition will be discontinued. This surprised many as the NES Classic Edition was a hot item whose sales were only limited by it’s rarity. The mini-console retailed at $59.99, but picking it up at this price proved to be quite a challenge. Scalpers have been reselling the console for around $200-300 and it appears that the price to buy one will only go up from here.
The move to discontinue such a successful product was puzzling to say the least. Nintendo has stated, and I’m paraphrasing this, that the NES Classic Edition was never meant to be a long-term product. It’s hard to understand where Nintendo is coming from, but then again, that’s nothing new. As anyone who follows the gaming industry knows, Nintendo does Nintendo. Nintendo regularly makes head-scratching decisions. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.
Not too long after the discontinuation of the NES Classic was announced, Eurogamer reported that an SNES Classic Edition was in production for Holiday 2017. According to the article, the SNES Classic Edition had a large part to do with the NES Classic being discontinued. Eurogamer is one of the most reputable gaming sites out there, and they seem very confident in the information their sources have provided.
The Super Nintendo has, arguably, one of the best catalogs of any gaming console. That paired with what Nintendo has hopefully learned from the NES Classic makes this sound like a console destined for success.