Monday, June 26, 2017

SNES Mini Is Coming

Back in April, remember when I posted that everyone should wait until Nintendo issues a statement before they go crazy about an SNES Mini? Well, you can freak out now.

Nintendo has announced an SNES Mini will be made available just before the holiday seasons. Retailing at $79.99, the compact Super Nintendo Entertainment System will be out starting September 29th and will include 21 games. Including the never released Star Fox 2. Yeah. You read that right. Star Fox 2. We've had spin-offs and newer versions of the game releasing with most Nintendo systems, but the fabled #2 never appeared. It will also have Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Oh, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Who knew that would happen? There's also Final Fantasy III, but I don't know if that's Japan FF3 or NA FF3, which is actually 6. If it's 6, then hot damn - that's a good buy!

Systems are going to be stylized by region to reflect the "retro" look of the systems when they were released. In Europe, it means slightly different colors and markings.

But the big question on everyone's mind is will Nintendo be able to keep up with demand? Last year's Nintendo Mini release was lacking a lot of stock and a growing number of complaints from consumers. You were lucky if you got a system at all. And just when we hoped Nintendo would produce more, they simply ended production a few months ago. Barely 6 months on the market and only a lucky few able to wait hours in lines, or pay scalper prices, were able to buy the system. Nintendo is notorious for being the worst at supply and demand - much to the ire of fans. While it may work for them to drive up interest, it makes the company appear unfriendly to those who want the product. So don't expect Nintendo to change for the SNES Mini. Small stock and long lines are in our future.

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