Super NES Classic Could Come In Three Versions

Posted: Apr 20 2017, 2:23am CDT | by , Updated: May 4 2017, 9:04am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Super NES Classic Could Come in Three Versions
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Nintendo is reportedly releasing a new SNES Classic for the Holidays.

Nintendo is according to a widespread rumor re-releasing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System from the 90s. The anticipated release of a SNES Classic is aimed to replicate the success of the NES Classic.

This time around Nintendo knows the classic console will be a success and design it in a way to make money. The sudden discontinuation of the NES Classic is attributed to slim or not existing margins. The lack of game sales has not provided Nintendo with any means of making money from the NES Classic. This is likely changing with the 2017 Super NES Classic Edition.

The original Nintendo Super NES launched first in Japan in 1990 as Super Famicom. The North American SNES launched in 1991 and had a very different case design. The European version launched in 1992 and its design is almost identical with the original Japanese SHVC-001 model. The differences are just in darker colors and labels.

If Nintendo sticks to the concept of releasing the new HDMI versions based on the original design, than there will be three different SNES versions hitting the market in time for the Holidays 2017. Similar to the NES Classic, these three new SNES will have three different names with: Super Famicom (Japan), Super NES Classic (North America) and Super NES mini (Europe).

Nintendo updated the SNES design in 1997. That version only was available for 2 years, before the SNES production ended in 1999. We do not expect Nintendo to adopt that design for the SNES re-release.

The Super NES was not as huge as the NES for the Japanese video maker. The console sold close to 50 million units during the 90s. Video gamers will remember playing classics as Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy VI, Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter II, Star Fox, F-Zero and Super Mario Kart on the original Super NES. For a complete history of the Nintendo Super NES, check out the console's Wikipedia page.

A Super NES Classic with cartridges could create a whole new official genre of new 16-bit games. The world is just crazy enough for that to happen, if Nintendo does its part. For a complete authentic re-launch of the Super NES only its rival a new Sega Genesis console is missing. The hype around classic video game console could be the entry for Sega back in to making consoles. Sega stopped making consoles back when it fell into financial turmoil over the Sega Dreamcast failure in early 2000.

The rumors about the release of the Super NES come on the heels of the announcement that Nintendo has ended the production of the NES Classic. Nintendo just isn't able to make any money on the $59.99 retro console. The last Nintendo NES consoles are going to be available this month. The reseller prices have exploded to over $300. Read the latest Nintendo NES Classic stock updates to find a NES console.

The NES Classic launched on November 11, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, Nintendo has sold 1.5 million NES Classic Edition. New official NES Classic sales numbers for 2017 are expected to be released on April 27.

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