Rumor: Nintendo planning SNES Mini

If you're wondering why Nintendo killed its always-sold-out NES Mini at the height of hype and demand, the answer looks like the obvious one: they're apparently readying a new version based on the more advanced SNES platform, allowing more and better games.

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.

Nintendo's plans for SNES mini are also a major reason why last year's NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation, Eurogamer understands, despite the latter's continued popularity and sell-out status.

Nostalgia aside, the plain truth is that the SNES was (and is) a much better system. Nintendo is just supernaturally clueless when it comes to managing expectations, is all. Read the rest

Nintendo's relaunched NES Classic sells out in seconds

I was looking forward to grabbing the NES Classic Edition console today, but it was not to be: the box, a miniaturized version of the classic 1980s machine replete with dozens of classic games, sold out instantaneously.

At Amazon, countless negative reviews piled up as buyers rushed to check out the surprise hit, only to be shut down by error messages.

"Clearly thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of gamers were sitting on the product page hammering the F5 key and some random selection thereof got their wish," writes Devin Coldeway at Techcrunch.

The instant evaporation of inventory from Amazon was repeated at other stores: top retailer GameStop reported being out of stock half an hour after opening.

They're already popping up on eBay for ridiculous prices; Nintendo says it will have more on the shelves soon.

Previously: NES Classic Edition looks like great fun—but will it hack? Read the rest