At approximately 10pm last night, Harvey Norman quietly opened pre-orders for the highly-sought after Nintendo Classic Mini SNES. If you didn't hear about the sale, you're not alone - no announcements were made on social media and no press release was issued to journalists. We only just found out about the sale via a report on vooks.net. By then, stock had already sold out. We're so conflicted about this.
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Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition. We're still not sure what Nintendo was thinking -- most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe -- but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.
The NES Classic Edition is almost perfect -- short controller cords not withstanding -- and if you can buy one, it's one of our favourite gifts, especially if you don't want to leave the house. But it only plays NES games, and 30 games at that. Plenty of people -- us included -- would love a tiny system to play our favourite Super Nintendo games. Or Genesis games.