Wait, is Nintendo learning? Despite how undeniably cool the NES Classic and Super NES Classic are, they’ve been plagued by a huge problem: stock. Inventory. Nintendo simply can’t or won’t keep enough of the things on shelves to satisfy demand. But now, it seems the company is looking to rectify the issue.
Nintendo said in a press release that both the NES and Super NES mini-consoles will see shipments in 2018. That’s right, the NES Classic is coming back.
When the Super NES Classic hits this fall, Nintendo says it’ll be shipping more Super NES Classic systems on its September 29 launch day than it did NES Classics through the system’s entire 2016 run. Not only that, but the system will ship into 2018 – a change from the previous end-date of December 31, 2017.
Return of the 8-Bit
Perhaps the biggest news, though, is that the NES Classic itself is coming back.
The NES Classic sold out fast enough that it’s hard to say it was ever “in stock” anywhere, with the exception of some shady bundling deals. Scalpers quickly picked up on the popularity of the system and picked up as many systems as they could, deepening the scarcity of the system. Then, Nintendo went and discontinued the thing.
Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed when the NES Classic will be available, but it sounds like summer of 2018 is when we can expect to see the 8-bit incarnation of the Classic line return.
Nintendo hasn’t announced just how limited that run will be yet, nor have they specified how long the Super NES will run for.
As optimistic as I’d like to be about this, Nintendo’s history of underestimating or remaining willfully ignorant of the popularity of their systems has become something of a tradition for the company. We’re hoping that this is the first sign of change. Also, clearly, all our thinkpieces worked.