Nintendo has announced that it will revive the popular retro NES & SNES Classic Edition retro consoles. Assuming you haven’t bought the systems at a ridiculous price, due to lack of stock you’ll have a chance to pick one up at retail price in stores next year.
We know for certain the NES Classic Edition is coming back to at least North America and Europe. It’s still a long time to wait, however, as it won’t hit stores until sometime next summer.
The announcement comes at a time when demand for the SNES Classic Mini in particular is extremely high, while supply remains relatively low. Nintendo acknowledged as much in a press release, saying the news is “due to incredible demand” for the system.
It has also been noted that production on the SNES Classic will continue into 2018.
In regards to the NES Classic Mini, Nintendo said, “More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future.“
The NES Classic Edition first launched last November. Pre-orders sold out extremely fast, and those available on release day just disappeared in the blink of an eye, quickly leading to prices more than doubling the retail price on sites like eBay.
Additional shipments were delivered in months after supply was met, however they also rapidly sold out which resulted in a frustrating loop where it would come back in stock but be gone before everyone could get one. Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic in April 2017.
These supply issues have been a pain for customers after a SNES Classic (like myself), which Nintendo has previously said would be available in far greater supply than the NES Classic. That didn’t stop SNES Classic pre-orders from selling out, making it begin to look like getting one was unlikely, given Nintendo’s original plans to only offer the system during 2017.