Nintendo has been very busy this week. First it announced Nintendo Switch Online would arrive later this year, then it broke news Mario Kart is coming to iPhones and Android devices. Now, the company revealed it’s bringing back one its most beloved products: the NES Classic.
The NES Classic launched in the fall of 2016 to immense fanfare, so much so it sold out instantly and was impossible to find well into the holidays. Essentially just a emulator, the NES Classic was a miniature replica of the NES with 30 classic games, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Naturally, it was nostalgia fodder for kids everywhere.
Last year, Nintendo followed that up with the SNES Classic. It, too, was a huge hit, selling 4 million units.
Here is Nintendo’s full statement of the return of the NES Classic.
We have announced that we will resume production for NES Classic Edition this year. We plan to continue selling NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition this year. We view them as an opportunity to garner interest in Nintendo Switch from those who have not interacted with video games in a long time, or ever.
That is fantastic news for everyone who missed out on scoring one the first time around. It also makes perfect sense to capitalize on something that is still wildly popular. Nintendo’s reasoning goes that if people buy an NES Classic or SNES Classic for nostalgic purposes, that increases the likelihood of them buying a Switch.
Nintendo didn’t get into specifics about pricing or availability. Prior to being discontinued, the NES Classic retailed for $59.99.