Retro Nintendo system will return to shelves next year

Yolanda Curtis
September 13, 2017

Here's a bit of a good news for video game fanatics: The discontinued Nintendo mini-console is coming back.

When the company announced earlier this year it was pumping the breaks on the console, gamers were not happy. Released in November 2016, this nostalgia fueled gaming box quickly developed into one of the most sought after products during the Christmas period.

The Super NES Classic Edition system features 21 legendary Super NES games such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. At the time, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime apologized to those who were not able to get the system.

The company says its Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will return next summer. It should also spread out the demand evenly, as reports also indicate that the pre-orders for the SNES Classic made for release on the console's launch day has surpassed the demand of the NES Classic Edition, which was released past year.

Fans feared that history would repeat itself with the Super NES Classic, as pre-order stock again disappeared within minutes - sometimes seconds - of being listed online.

As an indication of its planned supply, Nintendo said that the number of SNES Classic Edition consoles shipped on launch day in the U.S. will be higher than the total number of NES Classic Editions shipped. It will also include the previously unreleased game Star Fox 2 as well as two controllers.

The company isn't just banking on nostalgic consoles to drum up excitement and bring in sales.

According to Nintendo, the decision to relaunch the Nintendo NES Classic came following the high demand for Nintendo SNES.

In its most recent quarter, the company sold 1.97 million Switch consoles.

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