SNES Classic Edition (Super Nintendo Mini) to reportedly launch before Christmas

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Nintendo signage is displayed at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

Nintendo is set to launch another retro refresh following the success of the NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Mini). According to a new report, the video game giant is going to release a miniature version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES Mini) just before the holiday season arrives.

The unofficially named SNES Classic Edition (Super Nintendo Mini) console is said to be undergoing development as of the moment. Nintendo’s plans for the SNES refresh are supposedly the cause of the NES remake’s reprieve from cessation, even though last year’s mini console remains very much popular today.

Just a week ago, the company declared that it never envisioned the NES Classic Edition to be a permanent product. The console was just supposed to be a nostalgic novelty of sorts, and it proved to be the ultimate holiday gift last year, selling out in seconds. The demand exceeded Nintendo’s production efforts, which led to rampant reselling on sites like eBay.

The Nintendo Mini shipments still continued during the initial part of 2017, but its production had to be stopped to give way to the SNES Classic Edition’s own run. Fans are only hoping for one thing: no shortages of the Super Nintendo Mini this time around.

One NES Classic Edition console was purchased every 18 seconds during its November 10 launch last year. Following the initial release, Nintendo barely provided retailers fresh stocks of the NES mini, and demand grew immensely. Last season’s console was among the chart toppers during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so it’s almost certain that the upcoming SNES Mini is going to do the same this year.

The NES remake was so in-demand last year that when Target Australia restocked and began selling it in mid-December, the enormous amount of hopeful buyers crashed the site. And just like it demonstrated during its launch, the NES Classic Edition only lasted for a brief period of time.

The NES remake is compact and lightweight, and features a body that’s only a fraction of the original Nintendo console’s size. The SNES refresh is expected to follow suit with the same structural form.

Just like its predecessor, the Super Nintendo Mini should literally be a plug-and-play device with no cartridge slot, which means that the only games that would be allowed to play are pre-installed ones. Here’s hoping that the SNES Classic Edition includes more than 30 games. Eurogamer, which first reported about the SNES Mini, says that Nintendo did not respond when asked for comment.

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