Nintendo is planning to follow-up the NES Classic Edition, with a similar model aimed at the Super Nintendo, according to a report by Eurogamer. The console will likely carry forward the same official branding of the previous unit, being called the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: SNES Classic Edition. Apparently development of the system is well underway, with a planned launch this holiday season.
Nintendo launched its NES-based microconsole in November of 2016 and the tiny system was sold out from the world 'go'. Nintendo promised to bring more stock to retail, but ultimately decided to discontinue the system's sales worldwide. Eurogamer reports that moving on to the SNES Classic is why the NES Classic was discontinued. (Hey Nintendo, you could support both systems.)
Nintendo intended for the NES Classic to be a limited-time novelty item, but the company was surprised by system sales.
"What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that's what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we're going to continue to make the NES Classic available," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils Aime told Wired back in January.
"NES Classic Edition wasn't intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans," was the company's statement when the item was discontinued.
Since this isn't an official announcement, there's no indication whether Nintendo is planning to provide far more stock of the planned microconsole. Launching in December pretty much puts the system in the same spot as the NES Classic Edition with regards to availability, with the added bonus that folks are now expecting it to sell out. Classic Nintendo.