Nintendo has confirmed more NES Mini stock, with the console returning to production and due to arrive throughout 2018.
The news was confirmed to Eurogamer and there’s also good news for anyone anxious to get their hands on the forthcoming SNES Mini:
“We’re happy to confirm that we’ll continue to ship stock of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System to Europe in 2018. In addition, next summer we’ll also bring the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System back to Europe. More information will be shared in the future.”
The NES Mini was an unprecedented success when it was released last year. Despite repeated assurances that consumers would eventually be able to get their hands on the in-demand console, Nintendo later officially discontinued it. The recently announced SNES Mini has been subject to the same stock concerns as pre-orders sold out across the internet, but it seems Nintendo have finally relented and are planning long-term production of their retro consoles. Quite why they ever decided to cease production in the first place is anyone’s guess.
Whilst it’s good news about NES Mini stock, consumers looking to get hold of a Switch may have less success. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was deliberately vague when asked whether the company could hit their 10 million goal by the end of the year:
“Certainly the demand is there, and our supply chain is there. Are we going to have enough for the holiday? That’s what we are focused on. People think of us as a pure gaming company. We see ourselves as an entertainment company.”
Sony and Microsoft may well have smirked at his final comment, but at least Nintendo are aiming big again – and with Mario Odyssey just around the corner, things are only likely to get bigger in the run up to Christmas.
Elsewhere, a Nintendo Direct broadcast is planned for tomorrow night at 11pm. The 45 minute presentation will cover Nintendo‘s plans for the Switch and 3DS over the next few months – and the aforementioned Mario title is more than likely going to be the main focus.