The past year has been an emotional roller coaster for fans of old-school video games still waiting to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition. After hitting stores, selling out, and repeating that process several times before it was discontinued in April, Nintendo now plans to revive the NES next summer.
First released as an 8-bit console in the mid-1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System made its comeback as the NES Classic in November 2016. Packed with 30 retro games, the NES quickly became one of the most sought-after purchases of the holiday season. After the palm-sized item disappeared from shelves this past spring, the only place to find it was through online retailers like eBay, where it could sell for four times the market price. Now customers who missed the first few waves of NES Classics will have another chance to grab one when it returns to stores in 2018.
Along with the return of the NES, Nintendo shared that it's extending shipments of the upcoming Super NES into next year “due to incredible demand.” When the updated version of the early-1990s console launches on September 29, more units will be delivered to the U.S. than were shipped of the NES classic all last year. And there’s no need to camp outside the store to get one: SNES inventories will be restocked regularly in the coming months.
“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves,” Nintendo said in a press release.
The NES Classic retailed for $60 in 2016, and more details on the newest release are on their way. The SNES Classic will sell for $80 when it hits stores later this month.