Super Nintendo Classic Comes to ’90s Gamers’ Rescue

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Last week, Nintendo announced that they would be discontinuing the extremely popular and almost non-existent Nintendo Entertainment System Classic, or NES Classic as it’s affectionately known by gamers.

As it turns out, Nintendo is not doing this because it likes to make its grown fans cry, but to make way for a new classic console in what looks to be an expanding line of classic consoles for the company.

In an article published this week by Eurogamer, sources close to Nintendo claim that they are hard at work creating a Super Nintendo Classic console, or SNES Classic.

For those unaware of the Nintendo fever that has gripped consumers, Nintendo released a miniature version of its Nintendo Entertainment System last year that allowed ’80s gamers to play 30 of the system’s greatest classic games right out of the box, but in a much smaller package.

Like the NES Classic, this new retro console would allow ’90s gamers to experience the games of their childhood in a similar form.

Sources say that production for the SNES Classic is a major factor in the reason Nintendo decided to do away with the impossible-to-find NES Classic. That is plausible, as Nintendo has a certified hit on their hands with the Nintendo Switch and is having trouble producing enough consoles to keep their newest gaming device on store shelves.

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This raises the question whether Nintendo can produce enough SNES Classics to meet the demand proven by NES Classic. The previous console left many consumers frustrated, as their only option for obtaining the coveted console was to frantically check Reddit forums for availability in local stores, or to sell a vital organ to afford the bidding prices set by scalpers on eBay.

Sean Villegas, a 28-year-old store manager at a GameStop in Rowland Heights, saw firsthand how limited the console’s availability was.

“Stock has been limited, unfortunately. We got a stock of them on release, and only got restocked twice since that day,” Villegas said. “Each restock only had about three consoles each. Nintendo didn’t send us very many.”

How many consoles Nintendo decides to produce or for how long this time around is uncertain. What is certain is that fans hungry for an easy way to experience Nintendo games of yesteryear will be more than happy with another dose of nostalgia from the SNES Classic. That is, if they can get their hands on one.