Redmond, US, April 18 — If you were lucky enough to get hold of one of Nintendo’s micro boxes of joy, the NES Classic. Then you could well have a collector’s item on your hands. Nintendo is stopping production of the micro retro console in the US and Europe, which will make the remaining stock highly valued.
The NES Classic was not planned to be a permanently available product
Hopefully, the company will have a mini SNES out for this Christmas to make up for the hole, but for now check out online retailers to find the remaining units, if you want to enjoy games like the NES originals, including the first three Super Mario Bros. titles, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, plus timeless classics like Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gradius, Bubble Bobble and Ninja Gaiden.
Micro NES prices are already soaring on online auction sites, and while 30 80s games might not have huge appeal to the modern gamer, retro lovers are snapping them up, and they make a great way to introduce younger children to gaming history.
The unit originally sold for $99 but is already over $300 on some listings, so if you managed to get hold of more than one unit, you could be sitting on a gold mine.
Statement from Nintendo
Nintendo of America confirmed to us via email, “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 apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
Is there hope for a mini SNES version?
Game licenses, and their availability on virtual console, may limit just what amazingness could land on any 2017 mini SNES model. But certainly Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Secrets of Mana and Donkey Kong Country could make it well worth snapping up if the model does come to fruition.
Hopefully, Nintendo will stick with the EU and Japanese sleek style Super Nintendo design, rather than the boxy US version. And, of course, Nintendo, need to make any revision or new model come with longer controller leads, which was the main criticism of the original edition.
What would you like to see in a new mini SNES model?
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Source: Nintendo of America confirmed per email.