Rumor: Nintendo discontinued NES mini to prepare for SNES mini launch this year

By Kin Boon on Apr 20, 2017

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Image credit: egmnow

Fans of Nintendo’s first home console, the NES were disappointed to find out that the miniature version will be discontinued. Nintendo cited that it’s never their intention to have the NES mini as a permanent product, but latest rumor shows there might be another reason to it. Apparently the Japanese console giant is planning to launch the SNES mini this year as a follow-up to NES mini.

According to Eurogamer, they were told by sources close to Nintendo that the SNES mini is scheduled to launch by Christmas this year, and development of the console have begun. This explains why the NES mini is getting discontinued, despite its massive popularity. Massive stock shortages occurred right after its launch, and Nintendo was forced to continue productions until early this year, even though the miniature console was intended to be a collector’s item for Christmas 2016.

It’s undeniable that most Nintendo fans will feel gutted missing out on the NES mini, but the prospect of owning a SNES mini is definitely more exciting. A direct comparison of both consoles’ games line-up clearly shows that SNES is the clear winner, with iconic titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid. The console also has plenty of timeless JRPGs, namely Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, both which are still regarded as one of the best games of all time.

Nintendo has not commented on the matter as of press time, but the SNES mini is expected to employ NES mini’s plug-and-play system, with a collection of pre-installed games and ready to play from the get-go. Let’s just hope Nintendo will prepare more stocks to satisfy the probable high demand for the console. And oh, don’t get your hopes up too high before this rumor is officially confirmed.

Source: Eurogamer

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