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Nintendo to release SNES mini for holiday season

While Nintendo recently announced the discontinuation of its outsold NES classic edition, the company is now reportedly working on a mini version of its Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) – or Super Famicom in North Asia – console which will launch “in time for Christmas this year” aimed at nostalgia-seekers, according to Eurogamer.

The iconic game company is working on a SNES classic version that would launch in time for the holidays, Eurogamer cited sources who claim to have knowledge of the plans.

Nintendo launched the NES classic edition in November last year at Christmas time, and it managed to ship more than 1.5 million units worldwide of the palm-sized version of the 1983 classic, and demand far outstripped supply, with many buyers having to wait months for one of the new old-school consoles.

Nostalgia plays a big factor on why the retro console was a huge success. (Read more: Retro-lution – in with the old, out with the new?), and Nintendo’s strategy with the SNES mini would be to double down on gamer nostalgia, while putting the focus on modernity with their newly-released Nintendo Switch.

Eurogamer also reported that the new device is already under development and the SNES Classic could take a similar form to its miniature predecessor, with a number of fan-favourite games included on a small plug-and-play device. Acclaimed games for the original SNES include Super Mario World, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and many more.

At the same time, Nintendo’s new console, the Nintendo Switch, has been breaking records since its launch on 3 March, with nearly 1 million consoles sold in its first 29 days in the US alone.

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