Nintendo on Tuesday announced an upcoming miniature version of its popular Super Nintendo console will be available for pre-order with certain retailers later in August.
“We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month,” it said in a statement on Facebook.
“A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.”
Nintendo did not specify which retailers it meant, but Business Insider on Tuesday speculated Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart would be among available options for buyers.
Business Insider also reported that Nintendo’s statement suggests the Super NES Classic Edition may be a limited edition product that ends its production year as 2017 closes.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday discussed preorders for the video gaming platform, which will reportedly cost $80.
“Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system” really? 🙃— Clone Truther (@CloneTruther) August 1, 2017
Business Insider reported that the Super NES Classic Edition is scheduled to debut on September 29, with demand for the product expected to be high through year’s end.
The system will reportedly come with an HDMI cable, two wired controllers and 21 pre-installed games from the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The initial Super Nintendo hit markets in 1991, and this year’s tiny version will include such classic games as “Super Mario World” and “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.”
The platform will also reportedly include “Star Fox 2,” a game Nintendo completed in the 1990s but has never been previously released.
Nintendo halted “Star Fox 2” due to the impending release of its Nintendo 60 console at the time, with footage of the lost game since floating around the internet.
The Super NES Classic Edition will purportedly employ a virtual system for all of its saves rather than the cartridges familiar to older gamers.