The gaming industry was shocked to discover last week that Nintendo had discontinued their hugely successful, but tough-to-find NES Classic Edition, but it turns out there may have been a method to the company’s madness after all.
According to a new report from Eurogamer, Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic because they plan to replace it with the SNES Classic Edition later this year. Sources that correctly leaked information about the Nintendo Switch prior to its release indicate that development is already underway on the SNES Classic Edition (or SNES Mini in Europe), and that it will be available in time for Christmas.
Currently, there is no information on what games might be included (although we have some ideas for which ones should make the cut) or whether Nintendo will address some of the NES Classic’s shortcomings, such as its ridiculously short controller cable or stock shortages. It’s also unclear if Nintendo will decide to discontinue it out of nowhere like its predecessor, which Nintendo says “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product.”