The NES Classic Edition was one of the most successful and sought after holiday gifts of last year, right alongside those weird and overpriced Hatchimals. So of course, Nintendo decided to cancel production of their money making machine. Many gamers have been asking why Nintendo would discontinue a product with so much demand. According to a report from Eurogamer, there could be a very good reason for this: Nintendo is already working on an SNES Classic Edition.
In the report, Eurogamer states:
The SNES mini… is currently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year. Development of the device is already under way, our sources have indicated.
While Eurogamer’s source isn’t very clear, the release of a Super Nintendo Classic Edition is a very likely reason for Nintendo to discontinue the very popular NES mini. In fact, Nintendo has enough classic systems that they can keep doing this for the next few years, with 2018 possibly seeing the release of a Game Boy or even Nintendo 64 Classic Edition.
The SNES has been widely hailed as one of the greatest consoles of all time, and featured some of the greatest fighting games, RPGs and platformers ever made, so of course there are many contenders for Nintendo to include in a SNES mini. Some of the top games for Nintendo to include are Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, Star Fox, Super Metroid, Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. There were also a few stellar RPGs developed for the system by Square, including Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy II & III, and Secret of Mana, that Nintendo should include.
Also, ActRaiser. It was a really awesome mash-up of platformer and city-building “god game” that doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves. Like, I don’t even care if they leave out Megaman X or Earthworm Jim, as long as they remember to include ActRaiser.
Besides game selection, there are other improvements gamers would like to see with the SNES Classic Edition, mainly with having more of them available at launch. A pre-order program could also help fans get their hands on a system, and restricting the amount of SNES minis per order would help prevent them from landing in the hands of scalpers. Longer cables for the controllers would also be very welcome, as the NES mini’s cable length was so short, that owners either had to sit right next to the system, get a really long HDMI cable, or purchase a third-party controller to play comfortably from the couch.
Whenever the Super Nintendo Classic Edition does get released, either this year or sometime later, hopefully gamers don’t end up facing another shortage or quick discontinuation like with the NES mini.