Everybody has their own theory as to why Nintendo pulled the plug on their very profitable NES Classic. One of the more widely-heard rumors is that “Nintendo doesn’t have the resources to increase Switch production and make NES Classics at the same time.” Another is “Nintendo wants it out of the way to make room for an SNES Classic.” Looks like the former may be debunked and the latter may be confirmed.
The website Eurogamer — whose sources have been on the money in the past — is now claiming Nintendo is putting a tiny Super NES into production for a Holiday 2017 release. “The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo’s official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is currently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year,” they say. Development of the device is already under way……Nintendo’s plans for SNES mini are also a major reason why last year’s NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation.”
Assuming the SNES Classic will have the same static lineup as the NES Classic did, it’s going to be hard to please everyone, especially if they limit the lineup to 30 games. The SNES had one of the most rich libraries of any console in history. Fans will cry foul if a golf game winds up on this device but Chrono Trigger doesn’t. They’ll buy it anyway, of course.
There is no official word from Nintendo on the possible existence of the SNES Classic, but we’ll let you know if they confirm or deny (likely deny, followed by confirm).