THE Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is planning to release a new version of its much loved SNES gaming console.
The Sun reports details of the new SNES leaked last night just days after Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic Mini, a shrunk-down version of its first ever smash hit system.
The firm declined to give details of the games which will available on its new console, although it’s a reasonable bet that Mario is bound to feature in some way — and that the system itself will be teeny-tiny.
It is expected to be called the SNES Classic Mini and will probably ship with dozens of classic games.
Last month, a Tech Radar poll named the SNES as the “best console of all time”.
It sold a whopping 20 million units and was released in the UK back in 1992, two years after it was introduced in Japan under the different name Super Famicom.
With a $60 mini version of its original NES, Nintendo strikes nostalgia gold. WSJ’s Joanna Stern takes a look at the hard-to-find 8-bit gaming system. Photo/video: Drew Evans/The Wall Street Journal.
The SNES (which stands for Super Nintendo Entertainment System) was renowned for the quality of its graphics, which pioneered the use of three dimensional effects.
It also featured a stunning line-up of classic games including Super Mario World, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: Link To The Past.
It was the successor to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which was re-released last year as the Classic Mini NES.
This shrunk down console shipped with 30 games pre-installed and proved wildly popular.
However, it appears to have been manufactured in relatively small numbers.
Hawkers are now flogging the small console on eBay at prices of up to ten times the $60 it was originally sold for.
The NES Classic “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product”, Nintendo told IGN.
“However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans,” it added.
This story first appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.