NES Classic to return to stores in June

Helen Aguilar
May 14, 2018

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The NES Classic Mini (or NES Classic Edition) was released to great fanfare and huge demand in 2016, and even before the official launch, it was clear that Nintendo had not produced almost enough to satisfy the consumer demand. The mini-console became sparse in retail stores as soon as it launched.

The console was high in demand when it launched over the holiday season of 2016, causing a supply shortage.

Nintendo announced Sunday that it's planning to bring back the NES Classic Edition console, resurrecting the hardware from discontinuation.

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You can hack the thing pretty easily and put half the entire NES library on it, but Nintendo's official versions will have been tested and perhaps even tweaked to make sure they run perfectly (though admittedly emulation problems aren't common for NES games). The console was a hit with critics, but consumers had trouble in actually purchasing the device. On Ebay, the consoles sometimes go for $200-plus.

Fils-Aimé also revealed a year ago the company sold 2.3 million NES Classics. The NES Classic contains 30 games and costs $60 while the SNES Classic contains 21 games and costs $80.

If you missed out the first time around, though, Nintendo are providing a second opportunity to snap one up. The Tweet states that retailers will start carrying the product again starting on June 29. The announcement comes after it was revealed that Nintendo Switch Online benefits include online access to classic NES games. For a full list of games, check Nintendo's site here. But with SNES Classic Mini reportedly selling somewhere north of 5m units worldwide, we can see why the Japanese giant's finally chose to take the plunge.

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