Last year, Nintendo released the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainement System in November, and it was quickly sold out. Demand was so strong that Nintendo kept shipping additional units throughout April (though not nearly enough to meet it), even though the console was originally supposed to be limited to the 2016 holiday period.
Naturally, everyone is wondering about Nintendo’s plans for the SNES Classic / SNES Mini, which was announced yesterday. Well, the good news is that Nintendo is planning to ship “significantly more units” than they did for the NES Classic / NES Mini. And since the console will be released much earlier (September 29th instead of November), it should be easier to get one for Christmas.
Naturally, it’s still highly recommended to pre-order one as soon as possible, to avoid any surprises. After all, Nintendo has confirmed to Kotaku that they did not plan to ship additional units in 2018, so all shipments for the SNES Classic / SNES Mini will be in 2017. In other words, if you can’t get one for Christmas, chances are you will not be able to get one at the regular price.
And if you’re wondering why Nintendo is purposefully limiting shipments to this year (though this may change if demand is strong enough), the answer is pretty clear… the company’s focus is on the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS, not the SNES Classic / SNES Mini!
Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content.
Also, Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that the cord for the controllers would be quite longer this time around: 5 feet / 152cm, instead of 3 feet / 90cm for the NES Classic / NES Mini. And as seen on the official pictures, Nintendo is once again using the same connector as the Wii Remote, which means you will be able to use the SNES Classic / SNES Mini controller on the Wii and Wii U… perfect for SNES Virtual Console!
By the way, in case you’re wondering, Australia is getting the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System on September 30th. Price? AU$119.95.
Speaking of price, the Super Nintendo Entertainement System: Super NES Classic Edition will cost $99.99 in Canada.
Finally, here’s some more pictures of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom, announced earlier today:
And for those of you who are curious, here’s the list of exclusive games for the SNES Classic / SNES Mini (Europe, North America) and the Famicom Mini (Japan):
SNES Classic / SNES Mini
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki
- Super Formation Soccer
- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- Panel de Pon
And a quick confirmation: games on the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainement System (Europe) are in 60Hz, as they’re basically the original US version.
The Super Nintendo Entertainement System: Super NES Classic Edition and the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainement System come out on September 29th in Europe and North America. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom comes out on October 5th in Japan.