The incredible success of the NES Classic, a throwback device from Nintendo that emulates classic titles for the NES, seemed to be academic to everybody except Nintendo itself. The limited edition release sold out in minutes worldwide, with people struggling for months afterwards to get their hands on a copy of the pseudo-console. Nintendo was criticized heavily for making the NES Classic so hard to find, but new waves weren’t forthcoming – leading some to speculate Nintendo had already moved on to its next project, something in the same vein as the NES Classic.
That speculation – which only intensified once rumors out of E3 2017 suggested a new Classic device was coming – has now been confirmed. Nintendo of America took to Twitter today to announce that the SNES Classic was already in development, and that the machine would be available on September 29, 2017 with a price tag of $79.99 USD ($99.99 CAD).
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 26, 2017
Although details are still forthcoming, it appears that the new device will come complete with 2 throwback SNES controllers, alongside a slew of incredible games. From the packaging of the device alone, we can confirm that hits like Super Mario World, Star Fox 2, Donkey Kong Country, and more will be just some of the titles that the emulator will be able to run. The tweet also confirmed Earthbound, a SNES classic that has been incredibly difficult for collector’s to find, and has since been reproduced in downloadable form on the much-maligned Wii U – more accessibility for that particular iconic piece of gaming history can only be a good thing.
What the tweet doesn’t mention is whether or not the SNES Classic will be as hard to find as its predecessor. Nintendo has made no indication that it plans to stray from the business model it has used for both the NES Classic and the Switch, both of which exploded in popularity and saw supply quickly fail to meet demand. Still, if Nintendo has learned anything from the NES Classic launch, it should be that these devices have incredible global appeal, and an unlimited run of the machines will no doubt result in the kind of profit most companies could only dream of.
For those interested, the full list of games on the SNES Classic is as follows:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi’s Island
The SNES Classic releases on September 29, 2017. Availability has yet to be determined.