Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips reports that Nintendo will follow up its successful NES Classic with an SNES Classic later this year:
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.
Just last week, Nintendo said it was totally done with the NES Classic, which was basically impossible to get during the holiday season due to its immense popularity, which left many folks scratching their heads. Eurogamer’s report claims that the reason Nintendo made no more—besides claiming it was never intended to be a permanent product—is that it ran up against production ramping up for the SNES Classic.
The report suggests that like its predecessor, the SNES Classic will be limited to its included games, though as The Verge’s Chris Plante points out, many popular SNES games are third-party affairs that may require some legal wrangling. Still, you can expect to see the SNES iterations of the Mario, Zelda, and MarioKart franchises, if nothing else.