Nintendo is bringing back the NES Classic Edition alongside the SNES Classic Edition for the remainder of 2018. Recently, Nintendo confirmed the news in an announcement on Twitter also stating the NES Classic Edition console would release on June 29. Moreover, the NES mini retails at US$60 and still includes 30 classic 8-bit games. Also, the SNES console will include 20 retro games such as Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29! This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year. https://t.co/LclbG5m4ta pic.twitter.com/1PcXBI5qJC
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 14, 2018
The original release of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition in 2016 was hugely popular and in short supply. NES Classic Edition consoles flew off store shelves until being discontinued by Nintendo in 2017. This move by Nintendo came as quite a surprise due to the popularity of the consoles. As a result, NES mini system prices online became highly inflated on sites such as eBay. Sadly, many fans missed out altogether on a chance to buy the NES Classic Edition Mini. Fortunately, this new release of NES Classic Edition gives fans another chance to obtain the console at a reasonable price.
There was much conjecture over the reason Nintendo halted the sale of NES Classic Edition systems in 2017. The console was at the height of its popularity and tons of people struggled to find an NES Classic Edition available in stores. Some news outlets theorized NES Classic Edition was discontinued to create artificial scarcity. In an interview with IGN, Nintendo stated
“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System. NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologise.”
Why did Nintendo bring back NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition systems?
Firstly, the success Nintendo had with NES console sales in 2016 and 2017 is an obvious reason. Furthermore, the Nintendo quarterly report also had some clues as to why Nintendo brought back the mini NES and SNES. Especially relevant, console sales were a strong factor with the mini NES Classic Edition selling over 4 million units worldwide. Also bolstered by the fantastic sales figures for Nintendo Switch consoles.
Further, Nintendo’s quarterly report was all about the company’s aim to expand exposure for the Nintendo IP. That is, providing families of all different types and wealth with affordable and fun gaming products. The success of Pokemon Go indicated there is a large market for new and old gamers to enjoy nostalgic Nintendo characters. Nintendo’s quarterly briefing stated
“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.”
Luckily for Nintendo, their consoles sell well all across the world. Now, once again gamers of the world have a chance to get their hands on the palm-sized NES and 30 nostalgic games. Furthermore, many of the games available on the mini NES will also be available in September 2018. This is when Nintendo releases their online service. However, Nintendo Switch Online requires ownership of a Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo’s online service also includes 20 classic NES games. Further, for $20 per year, Nintendo Switch Online makes some Switch games playable Online. In addition, Nintendo Switch Online enables cloud saves and voice chat.
Games available on the NES Classic Edition mini console
Games on the NES Classic Edition include:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link