Nintendo Ramps Up SNES Classic Production, NES Classic Returns 2018

Nintendo Ramps Up SNES Classic Production, NES Classic Returns 2018

Nintendo has recently confirmed that due to overwhelming demand for the forthcoming SNES Classic, the company plans to continue pushing out units into the new year.

The NES Classic released in 2016 and proved to be much more popular than Nintendo had anticipated. Thankfully, it has been confirmed that Nintendo is planning on revving up the production of the SNES Classic so more players can actually get their hands on one without resorting to auction sites such as eBay.

For all those Nintendo fans that missed out on the elusive NES Classic, Nintendo has promised that they will be bringing back the ultra popular throw-back console sometime in 2018. This news is especially interesting due to the fact that Nintendo stated that they were not planning on manufacturing more NES Classic units.

The September 29 release of the SNES Classic should see additional units reach store shelves earlier than what was originally anticipated, which should hopefully translate to more units available to day one customers.

The SNES Classic will ship with 21 renowned titles, including the likes of Super Mario World, Final Fantasy III, and the never before released Star Fox 2—a title that utilized the Super Nintendo’s Super FX chipset. The Super FX chip brought with it the ability to render basic 3D polygonal graphics, which in 1993 was groundbreaking for a home console.

Those who missed the opportunity to pre-order the NES Classic last year or the to-be-released Super Nintendo Classic will now potentially be able to pick one up when each console launches.

The SNES Classic will become available for purchase September 29, 2017, and the Nintendo NES Classic will see a re-release sometime in 2018, with no definitive date announced at this time. The SNES Classic will be available for $79.99 USD or $99.99 CAD. $20 less than the NES Classic which released in late 2016.

Pixels & Ink #244 – Playing with Power

Pixels & Ink #244 - Playing with Power

The Nintendo NES Classic is discontinued, and Pixels and Ink are here to talk about it. The cast also dives into the best 3D platformers of the classic PSOne/N64 era, what Geronimo del Toro may be up to in relation to Star Wars, the majesty of The Fate of the Furious and the joys of Persona. Cody also jumps in with some talk of Old Time Hockey and the Switch. It is a packed show so sit down, put your headphones on and enjoy.

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Famicom Mini Sells Over 260,000 Units in Japan During First Week

Famicom Mini Sells Over 260,000 Units in Japan During First Week

The NES Classic Edition and Famicom Mini hit store shelves in early November, following weeks of anticipation amidst the coming holiday season. Reviews have already come in praising the console’s abilities and slew of retro titles. In Japan, the Famicom Mini is selling quite well, too. Famitsu reports that the Famicom Mini clocked in with well over 260,000 units sold within its first four days, which places the Japanese offering in a comfortable range with the Nintendo Wii U’s own launch numbers.

The news, which was shared on NeoGAF along with additional information on Japanese console launches, reveals that the Famicom Mini came in with 262,961 Japanese sales over the course of four days. In comparison, The PlayStation 4 sold 322,083 units in two days and the Nintendo Wii U hit 308,570 sales in its first two days as well. While the Famicom Mini doesn’t necessarily outpace either, it still holds a strong showing on the gaming market.

For those unfamiliar, the Famicom, or the “Family Computer,” was the initial Japanese release of what would later be referred to as the NES in America. The Famicom’s physical design differs sharply from the NES, in that it features a white and red colour scheme over the NES’s darker, bland and grey look. Obviously, Japan received a miniature version of the Famicom, as opposed to the NES Classic.

The Famicom Mini’s sales numbers aren’t a coincidence: Nintendo’s Virtual Console has also shown high sales numbers with the company’s classic re=-eleases. According to a financial results briefing from Nintendo of Japan for their 2015 fiscal year, Pokémon Virtual Console titles accounted for the top four sales in the entire Nintendo eShop. In particular, Pokémon Red, Green, Blue and Pikachu faced a total of 1.5 million downloads. Nintendo sees this success as an opportunity for more retro releases. “We believe that we have successfully created a chance to appeal to the nostalgia of consumers who played these titles when they first came out,” Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed.

The NES Classic’s chances look promising in the United States, too. In the report, Kimishima confirmed that “half of [Pokémon Virtual Console] downloads came from the American market.” But it’s hard to say for certain until official stats are released in the West.