Haven't gotten your hands-on a NES or SNES mini? Nintendo might have some good news for you (and scalpers too, unfortunately).
Following a short stint to gauge demand--which ultimately backfired on consumers the likes of which we haven't seen since the 1980s--Nintendo originally cancelled production of its ultra-rare NES Classic Edition. Then a year later it announced the SNES Classic Edition, which followed in its near-extinct predecessor's footsteps. But there's good news: the House of Mario isn't giving up just yet.
Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed that the company will continue producing and selling both the NES and SNES Classic Editions throughout 2018. What was once a seasonal product will carry over throughout the entire year...but there's no word on stock or availability.
"We have announced that we will resume production for NES Classic Edition this year. We plan to continue selling NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition this year," Mr. Kimishima said during Nintendo's latest FY2017 financial report. "We view them as an opportunity to garner interest in Nintendo Switch from those who have not interacted with video games in a long time, or ever."
Essentially Nintendo is trying to use these mini consoles as a bridge towards Switch adoption, and it'll likely work quite well...even if the two systems are exactly the same.
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