Not only is Nintendo promising to have a boatload (or four) of Super NES Classic Edition consoles on hand following launch, it turns out the publisher has had second thoughts about the original NES Classic Edition, which they will be producing once again next year.
We feel like Nintendo sort of buried the lede on this one, as mention of fresh NES Classic Edition consoles doesn't come until the very end of a recent press release concerning its successor, the SNES Classic. In short, Nintendo has stated that, thanks to high demand, they'll be reintroducing the micro console to the world in mid-2018, but more information on timing will not be available until sometime further down the road. We're hoping a hardware update is planned, too, in order to make those extremely short controller cords long enough to play the thing without going TV blind.
Otherwise, it sounds like fans can expect the exact same thing that sold out in about five seconds the last time around, including the same 30 classic titles. The console will come with Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more. We doubt Nintendo will add any extra games, as that would cause an uproar with the seven people who actually managed to get their hands on the console the first time around and, let's face it, they probably don't want any more controversies surrounding these dang machines.
Nintendo's stock of NES Classic consoles disappeared in record time the first time around, with an announcement following that explained they had no plans to produce more. Then they introduced the SNES Classic with its own roster of 21 classic games and, following a couple of pre-order snafus, the machine looks to be on track to arrive on Sept. 29. This time around, though, Nintendo claims there will be a ton of consoles available at launch, with additional shipments to follow. In other words, they're trying to avoid making the same mistake twice. When it arrives, you can plop down $79.99 for the SNES Classic Edition, which includes games like Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, Super Mario World and more.
Apparently, Nintendo didn't produce many NES Classic Edition consoles the first time around because those types of consoles don't typically sell too well. I suppose this is just more evidence that Nintendo is a bit disconnected from its audience, which is almost as frustrating as my other belief that they simply hate money. Both of those tie into my biggest concern; that these consoles are in place of a proper Virtual Console on the Switch. I could go on about that for hours, though, so we'll just call more NES Classic Consoles in 2018 a win and be done with it.