The NES Classic lived a short life despite almost instantly becoming a smash-hit success. Nintendo’s mini version of its classic 8-bit console only made it through one holiday season (and hardly ever actually landed on retailer shelves) before the company decided to pull the plug on production. Now, new rumors suggest that a followup to the retro console may be in the works: the “SNES mini.”
According to some unnamed sources “close to the company” that reported to Eurogamer, the SNES mini would release in time for the 2017 holiday season, possibly following the same pattern as the NES Classic.
The rumored console would also work similarly to the NES Classic, with a plug-and-play model and an array of preinstalled, ready-to-play games. The sources didn’t say which games could be included, but Nintendo has several top-sellers from the original SNES to choose from, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Star Fox, and Earthbound.
Nintendo has not commented on the rumor, so at the moment, it’s all speculation. E3 is right around the corner, so it’s possible that, if the report is indeed true, we’ll find out more at the expo in June.