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April 2017 Retro Gaming Article

April 19, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

One inkling of an SNES Mini console and the internet has declared it fact

Nintendo is as quirky as it is smart. I'd hold off before declaring the SNES Mini a holiday hit... it's only April and E3 looms.
The internet has exploded with holiday cheer for a Super Nintendo mini console appearing under the Christmas tree where the former NES Classic Edition began. All hope of this continuation comes from a rumor posted by Eurogamer. They have a track record for accuracy in such matters, but the web lit up as though Reggie had announced it himself.

Some have speculated about the chipset in the recently cancelled NES Mini, remarking that it contains more power than necessary to drive emulation for other Nintendo game consoles. While that may be true, it's cheaper to use a more powerful chip than going through the process of manufacturing a custom chip - especially since it was a limited product from the start.

Don't misunderstand me - I'd love to see ann SNES Mini console later in the year, but we've yet to get through E3 and already people are labeling this phantom product, "stocking stuffer of the year". It certainly could be, but with no corroboration, lets not push the hype wagon down the hill just yet. It's only April.

From Eurogamer:
Nintendo will follow up its smash hit NES microconsole with a mini version of the SNES, sources close to the company have confirmed to Eurogamer.

The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo's official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is currently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year. Development of the device is already under way, our sources have indicated.

If nothing else, the NES Classic Edition inventory issues should give Nintendo a better idea of stock levels and demand. Despite the frequent "sour grapes" posts online, I'm certain demand will be high among those who did and did not get an NES Mini. And those who heard about the hype... they'll probably want one too. So, lets hope Eurogamer is onto something.

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