Earlier this year, Nintendo made the shocking (some would say infuriating) decision to discontinue the NES Classic Edition less than six months after its original release, but it appears as if the company has reversed direction and will now ship more of the consoles in 2018.
Additionally, the company has announced that initial plans of shipping the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition only until the end of the year have been scrapped, as Nintendo now plans to ship the SNES mini well into 2018.
Here is Nintendo’s official statement on their plans for the NES and SNES Editions in the U.S.:
REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Due to incredible demand for the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo plans to ship the retro-inspired product into 2018. Originally, shipments were announced to cease at the end of this calendar year.
In addition, more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its Sept. 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly. Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.
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. Launching on Sept. 29 at a suggested retail price of only $79.99, Super NES Classic Edition plugs directly into the TV using the provided HDMI cable, and comes with two wired controllers.
Next summer, Nintendo will also bring back the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system with new shipments. More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future.
NES Classic Edition features 30 classic NES games such as the original Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong.
Nintendo has made similar announcements in both Europe and Japan:
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) September 12, 2017
また「ニンテンドークラシックミニ ファミリーコンピュータ」につきましても、2018年に生産を再開することが決定いたしました。店頭での販売開始時期については、後日ご案内いたします。 pic.twitter.com/0n1A0XS5Ei
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 12, 2017
This is no doubt great news for both people who missed out on the NES Classic the first time around and those who were unable to secure a pre-order for the SNES Classic. Hopefully Nintendo will keep producing both systems as long as there continues to be demand for them, but I would still recommend snatching one of these up if you see them on store shelves, just in case.
Now, let’s talk about getting some of these games onto the Switch …