Got your NES Classic and SNES Classic yet? Now that they’re plentiful and easy to find, better get on it — because it won’e be that way forever. A new interview with Reggie Fils-Aime conducted by THR suggests the company may be planning to take them off the market in 2019, this time for good.
Back when Nintendo was blindsided by the success of the NES and SNES Classic Editions, they announced that not only would the SNES Classic stay in production but the NES Classic would make a return that summer. We’re now very close to “that summer” and we should be hearing the specific date right about…..now. Yup, June 29.
According to a new interview in last week’s Famitsu (translated by Nintendo Everything), barely anyone at Nintendo’s Japanese HQ thought making a miniature “classic” edition of their earliest console was a good idea. Only the manager of their sales department (who is only identified in the article as “Yomato”) had a passion for the plan.
Today, September 29, is the day the SNES Classic was released, and unlike other unmentionable “brand X” websites, we aren’t going to preface this news story with the assumption that you found one. As this weary reporter knows all too well the pain of getting up at an ungodly hour, racing to Target, and finding all 70 of their shipped units vanished in seconds, I share your pity.
Is it too early to be thinking about a possible Nintendo 64 Classic, given that no one can even buy the SNES Classic yet? Apparently not for Nintendo. Four symbols were registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on July 18, and unearthed by NeoGAF users. One is a Switch, one is an NES controller, one is a Super NES controller, and one is an N64 controller.
Shortly after the release of the NES Classic, hackers found a way to alter the code of the device to accept more than just the 30 games that came with it. The hack was primitive at first, but eventually a way was found to store as many as 80 games on the Classic. The ultimate goal was to find a way to store every game, but the problem was, there was a wall that prevented this from happening: the fact that the Classic’s internal storage had a limit of 300 MB.