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The Weekend Chat: Mini Consoles

22 April 2017, 02:10 | Muriel Sparks

The Weekend Chat: Mini Consoles

The Weekend Chat: Mini Consoles

The NES and SNES are Nintendo's second and third most popular gaming consoles ever, topped only by the Wii. The last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition will end this month.

It's believed the discontinuation of the NES Classic Mini was due to the planned release of the SNES Classic Mini this year. (Hopefully without the accompanying fits of rage from gamers unable to get their hands on one without paying a huge mark-up.) The Super Nintendo was released in the 1991.

Eurogamer is claiming sources close to the company have told them a shrunken down version of the SNES - Super Nintendo Entertainment System - which was first released in the United Kingdom in 1992, is in Nintendo's plans for later this year. NES Classic Edition was only a cool novelty item that would make a great Christmas 2016 gift. However, most may have forgotten that the resurrection of the famed 1986 game console was expected to be done on a limited basis.

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The classic console was a big hit, packed with 30 games and retailed at around $60. And this time around, the Japanese company may want to factor in some numbers and produce larger volumes of the game console to avoid supply shortages. Well, now we probably know with several sources claiming that a SNES Classic Mini is on its way for Holiday 2017. If the NES Classic restocking is really happening than there is hope again that more NES Classic inventory is coming in April. This could include stuff like Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games (which we'd be down to play again in a heartbeat - the classics are still a blast), Capcom's Resident Evil 2, and Natsume's Harvest Moon 64.

Games such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Super Metroid would likely be guaranteed to appear, as they're among the console's defining titles.

Nonetheless, this seems unlikely given that Nintendo is also pushing the Switch which has the Virtual Console - its retro marketplace.

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