If you failed to grab one of the famous NES Classic consoles from Nintendo back when they were available for sale between November 2016 to April 2017, you just got lucky because the console is making a come back. Nintendo announced last night on Twitter that NES Classic will be again available for purchase from June 29, and also revealed that NES Classic, as well as SNES Classic consoles, will be available for purchase throughout 2018. Which means that they both will be on the shelves during the holiday shopping season, and are most likely to be a much sought after item for the consumers this year.
The NES Classic debuted in November 2016 and was initially planned to be a “one-off item” to be sold only during the holiday season. It featured 30 iconic video games from the original NES console. However, the extreme demand for the consoles resulted in these being sold out at a lot of retailers instantly, and Nintendo’s America president Reggie Fils-Aime said last year that they “didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be,” and further added, “added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet the consumer demand.” Yet, Nintendo announced in April last year about discontinuing the NES Classic, after it manufactured and sold about 2.3 million units.
After it got discontinued, Nintendo launched the SNES Classic console featuring 21 of the original Super Nintendo (SNES) games, and also the official debut of Star-Fox 2. The SNES Classic was out in stores on September 29, 2017, and by the time October ended, Nintendo had sold more than 2 million units, as revealed in their report at the end of their fiscal year which ended on March 31, 2018. Nintendo mentioned that more than 5 million SNES Classic units were sold.
Last night’s tweet from Nintendo had a link to the official Nintendo NES Classic website and included a complete list of 30 games which will be available, and those are the same that were there during the initial offering of the console. These games are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. Mega Man 2, Pac-Man, Final Fantasy, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure, Castlevania, Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest, Ninja Gaiden, Punch-Out (not Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out), Balloon Fight, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Bubble Bobble, Tecmo Bowl, Super C, Galaga, StarTropics, Ghosts ‘N Goblins and Gradius.
Soon after the release of NES Classic, it was found out that the console could be hacked and it was possible to add more games apart from the ones which came bundled with the device. Although the SNES Classic was not as vulnerable to hacking, it was still not impossible, but, we will have to wait and watch how hackable the new version of NES Classic is going to be. The console’s price will be the same as it had during its original run, and it is going to sell at $59.95 SRP beginning from June 29. You can check the Nintendo tweet below, which announces the come back of the NES Classic, and you can also visit the NES Classic official website to find out more, and also have a link to the original game manuals on the NES Classic.