As even the most hardcore Nintendo fans struggled to secure themselves one of the 2.3 million NES Classic Minis this time last year, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé has recently announced that the 30-game, 8-bit miniature console is set to make a comeback.
It seems Nintendo have listened to the dejection of their fans over the situation. After announcing in April that the rare retro system would be discontinued due to limited resources, the company has now reversed its decision by announcing a return for the NES Classic in the summer of 2018, to the delight of many fans who missed out the first time round.
In addition, Reggie also reassured fans not to pay more than the retail price of $79.99 for the follow-up console, the SNES Classic which is due to arrive at a few doors on September 29. In an interview with Financial Times, Reggie advised fans to avoid auction sites selling the console at ludicrous prices. He promises that they won’t be so limited in supply this time around. This is despite a brief scramble for the units when they were placed up for pre-order, which has caused plenty of its own issues.
Reggie spoke out to reassure fans that more Classic consoles will be available.
“In this case, it’s not [a supply issue]. I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” says Reggie. ”You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99.”
The Nintendo of America President went on to point out that the $79.99 price point was purposely to avoid eclipsing the cost of the Nintendo 3DS family entry product line. He ensured that stock shortages were not deliberate, suggesting that they gauged demand around rival classic gaming consoles which had “historically low” sales.
Nintendo UK has also issued statements on the console.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) September 12, 2017
The Famicom Mini, which is the Japanese version of the NES Classic with a few difference in the list of games on offer, is also due for a re-launch in the summer of 2018.
It’s great to see Nintendo reach out to fans who barely managed to lay their eyes on the NES Classic, never mind have the opportunity to buy one. A heads-up for the SNES Classic this year is appreciated, but is it too little too late for those who have already been burned from last year in the quest to acquire one of these beautiful, thought-to-be scarce collectibles?