In welcome news for fans, Nintendo has decided bring back the NES Classic Edition. The mini system that disappeared from store shelves will make a comeback next summer, the Japanese firm promised on Tuesday.
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NES Classic Edition is making a comeback
“Next summer, Nintendo will also bring back the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system with new shipments. More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future,” the company said in a press release.
This is surely an attempt by the company to appease those who were not able to get their hands on the console before its premature demise.
Nintendo gave no further details, including the reason why fans will have to wait so long. Most likely, component shortages or supply issues are to be blamed. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime gave a similar reason to the Financial Times previously, saying that managing a complex global supply chain is a big “challenge.”
The comeback of the NES Classic Edition is no doubt welcome news for fans, but it might disappoint those who paid a premium on sites like eBay to buy one. The system was temporarily halted this spring.
“When manufacturing resumes, we will provide information at another time on this homepage,” the Japanese firm said that time.
The NES Classic Edition, which in its initial run sold 2.3 million units, includes 30 classic NES games, such as Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The system was originally launched in November 2016 for $59.99.
SNES Classic will be well-stocked
Nintendo also made an announcement related to the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition. The Japanese company previously decided to end the console this year, but it has now announced that it will extend shipments into 2018.
Earlier, the company made a promise to offer more stock of the SNES Classic, but it did not sound very confident. Now it seems the Japanese company has found evidence suggesting that there is good demand for the system, and producing more of it will be good, both for fans and the company.
“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves,” the company said.
A few days ago, Reggie Fils-Aime also hinted that the SNES Classic will not face supply issues.
“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” the executive told the Financial Times, adding that the company had “dramatically increased” production of the SNES Classic.
The Nintendo SNES Classic with 21 Super Nintendo games will go on sale September 29 for $79.99. To avoid the heavy rush, the company has assured fans that more units will be available on launch day than were available for the NES Classic in all of last year. The SNES Classic includes games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World.