Nintendo broke the hearts of many retro gaming followers final week when it introduced the NES Classic Edition had been discontinued. It got here as fairly a shock, as a result of not solely was the NES Traditional Version extraordinarily widespread, it was in terribly brief provide always because it was launched late final yr. Many individuals who needed one had been unable to seek out it, until they needed to pay big markups to third-party sellers. A brand new report from Eurogamer claims discontinuing the NES Traditional Version was performed with the intention of changing it. The corporate is allegedly engaged on a “SNES Traditional Version.”
This machine continues to be fully unofficial, so Nintendo isn’t speaking. The report relies on sources who’ve spoken to Eurogamer, however they are saying the SNES Traditional Version (if that’s what Nintendo calls it) is already being designed. If the capabilities of the NES Traditional Version are something to go on, Nintendo shouldn’t have to do a lot to revamp it as an SNES machine. With a few simple mods, avid gamers had the NES Traditional Version operating titles from the SNES, Genesis, and even N64.
Nintendo’s need to launch the SNES mini could also be the actual purpose behind discontinuing the NES Traditional Version. On the time, Nintendo merely mentioned it by no means meant the revived NES to be a long-term product. It simply stored making them for a number of further months due to excessive demand. Eurogamer alleges that the SNES console turned the main focus as a substitute of continuous to promote the NES Traditional Version.
We are able to solely hope this try and give attention to one product will lead to a available provide of SNES Traditional Version consoles. Though, we will most likely count on Nintendo to cost a bit greater than the $60 worth of the NES Traditional Version. So long as patrons don’t find yourself paying 5 occasions the value on the second-hand market, we must always all be joyful.
I’m positive the brand new SNES will promote shortly, however perhaps not as blazing quick because the NES. Individuals have a variety of nostalgia for that console, even when the SNES arguably has a greater lineup of video games—there’s Tremendous Mario World, Star Fox, Earthworm Jim 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Hyperlink to the Previous, and way more. We don’t know which video games Nintendo would select to incorporate, although.
It could be an actual deal with if this retro console re-release turns into an annual custom from Nintendo. Possibly subsequent yr we’ll get an N64 Traditional Version with Goldeneye and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.