In November 2016, Nintendo released the Nintendo Classic Mini, a small version of its original Nintendo Entertainment System packed with 30 built-in games from the NES library. The world went nuts. The units sold out. Prices went bonkers on eBay.
Then, in April 2017, Nintendo announced it would discontinue the console. Again, the world went loopy. Tech bloggers called Nintendo crazy for discontinuing a thing that everyone wanted. Prices went insane on eBay.
Not even a month later, sources have leaked that Nintendo will soon announce the Super NES Mini for 2017 and everyone went, “Oooohh… so that’s what they’re up to.”
Nintendo will seemingly release all its consoles in order as mini versions, cashing in on nostalgia and holidays for years to come. A solid strategy, if ever I’ve heard one. Nintendo now says that it never meant the NES Mini to be a permanent product, making it a collector’s item almost upon its release.
As for the SNES Mini, you should be excited, especially when considering the potential games that are sure to be bundled with the system. Such titles include such classics as Donkey Kong Country, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World and Star Fox.
Expect the pre-orders and lines to get one to be a similar hot mess, and expect the price to be around the same as the NES Classic, or at least under $100. Set your calendars now and expect a launch timed to the holiday season.