UPDATE: It was revealed! See the full games list here.
The SNES Classic Edition is happening. I mean, it has to be, right? Following the runaway success of the NES Classic Edition, it would be silly not to do a follow-up, and Eurogamer reported something was in the works back in April. That said, Nintendo itself has yet to make a peep about a new retro console – many of hoped we’d hear something about the SNES Classic Edition at E3 2017, but no dice.
Well, it seems Nintendo has finally confirmed the existence of the SNES Classic, albeit not to the public. Destructoid’s Jonathan Holmes spoke to a handful of GameStop managers, all of whom confirmed Nintendo had recently revealed the SNES Classic in “behind closed doors events,” and that the retro system will arrive this holiday season.
The story is a bit wacky, because Destructoid, but one GameStop manager did do some interesting theorizing about why Nintendo is making these retro consoles…
“Yes, there is going to be a SNES Classic. No, it does not have a release date. No, Nintendo would not confirm that a N64 Classic would be coming next year. With these plug-and-play systems, they want headlines and foot traffic, dude. The Switch and the 3DS sell great, but if you want to get the normies out there to take a break from their regular Facebook and YouTube routines and do a Google search for 'New Nintendo system,' or actually walk into the Nintendo section of a store like this, you have to pander to that lowest common denominator with nostalgia.”
I dunno – I feel like the NES Classic Edition was a legitimate surprise for Nintendo, and now they’re making an SNES one, because it’s basically free money. I don’t really think there’s any ulterior motives. But hey, the real headline here is, Nintendo actually admitted the dang SNES Classic is happening! Now, when are you going to tell the rest of us?
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