You may remember our report stating that Nintendo is planning to follow up the wildly successful NES Classic Edition with an SNES Classic Edition -- a mini Super Nintendo, if you will, or Mini SNES. Today we're getting further confirmation from Microsoft of all places, who mentioned the SNES Classic Edition in a recent survey.
Xbox Live Reward members are sent surveys every now and then to gauge their interest in certain products and services. In the most recent survey, Xbox asked its Rewards members what they were looking forward to at this year's E3. "On a scale of 1 to 5... please rate your level of interest in these specific E3 announcements." The choices are Xbox Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro, Nintendo SNES Classic Edition, Nintendo Switch, and "upcoming game releases."
To see proof of the actual survey slide, check out the gallery below.
The point of the survey is to gauge interest in E3 announcements for each platform. There's just one problem. There's no such thing as an SNES Classic Edition. Not yet, anyway. Nintendo hasn't said a word about the console. It hasn't been announced, confirmed, teased, or even hinted at.
There are two possibilities here. The first possibility is that Microsoft is simply aware of all of the "buzz" surrounding a potential SNES Classic Edition, and it's capitalizing on that buzz by quizzing consumers about their hype. The second possibility is that Microsoft already knows what's going down at E3, and it already knows that Nintendo will be officially revealing the SNES Classic Edition during its presentation. If that's the case, then perhaps this option was absent-mindedly included in this survey, though that's hard to believe.
The survey goes on to ask Rewards members about their excitement and / or disappointment with the Nintendo Switch. All of the Switch's unique features and unique shortcomings are laid out with fans requested to rate their reception. It seems Microsoft is intensely interested in what Nintendo is doing this generation, and how it's being received by consumers. Perhaps if the surveys return in Nintendo's favor, we could see a shift from Microsoft after the launch of Scorpio.
In the meantime, what does this mean for the SNES Classic Edition? Confirmed? Still just a rumor? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter and let's hash this out.