Nintendo has made a pair of great announcements this morning. First and foremost, the company will be putting the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition back into production. New shipments of the mini-console will start at an undisclosed date that Nintendo will announce later.
The NES Classic was released towards the end of last year to a popularity that surprised Nintendo. The retro-console came pre-loaded with 30 popular NES titles, including Super Mario Bros 3, Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Final Fantasy. Unfortunately, system stock was painfully low, leading to excessive retail shortages and Nintendo discontinued the system five months later.
It looks like alternate versions of the NES Classic will be resuming production in Japan and Europe as well.
また「ニンテンドークラシックミニ ファミリーコンピュータ」につきましても、2018年に生産を再開することが決定いたしました。店頭での販売開始時期については、後日ご案内いたします。 pic.twitter.com/0n1A0XS5Ei— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 12, 2017
The company also revealed that more of the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition would be available at retail on launch day. Shipments of the SNES Classic were previously supposed to cease by the end of this calendar year, but Nintendo will continue to produce the system into 2018.
"Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves," said Nintendo.
The SNES Classic Edition will be launching on September 29 with a retail price of $79.99. The system will include 21 classic Super Nintendo titles, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III, and EarthBound.