Nintendo Making SNES Mini, Releases Christmas

As 8-bit makes way for 16-bit again

There may be a second Nintendo emulation console in the works following the success of the NES Mini, called – yeah, you guessed it – the Mini SNES Classic. Nintendo’s micro 8-bit system will jump up a generation to 16-bit, and with it some of the best-loved video games of all time.

Last week Nintendo announced that it will be discontinuing the Mini NES Classic (or whatever it’s called), much to the dismay of fans who haven’t been able to grab one since its Christmas release last year. Many who were desperate to pick one up were forced to do so through second-hand sites like eBay, often paying over four times the original price.

Nintendo then confirmed the console was never meant to be continuously sold, and that it only released new batches earlier this year to meet the demand. Now it seems as though one major reason for this short-term plan was to make room for the Mini SNES Classic later on this year. Sources close to Eurogamer believe that the console is set for a Christmas 2017 release.

Not much else is known as of yet, but considering the Classic NES Mini came with 30 great games, including Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, we can expect some 16-bit classics to be boxed in to the SNES version. The original console was home to some of the greatest games in history, most notably The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World. Other games we can only hope will be on the system are Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 and 3, Final Fantasy VI, and Super Mario RPG.

The Mini SNES is expected to adopt the same plug-and-play style as its predecessor, with a set number of pre-installed games.

Will you be picking up a Mini SNES Classic if or when it releases? If so, which games would you like to see installed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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