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Nintendo will bring back its NES Classic Edition in 2018


Nintendo on Tuesday announced that a miniature version of its popular Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is returning to store shelves.

The video game company said in a statement that its NES Classic Edition will return in summer 2018 with new shipments.

Nintendo also confirmed that more units of its Super NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of its original Super NES system, will ship on the console’s U.S. launch day later this month.

“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves,” it said.

Nintendo confirmed that the Super NES Classic Edition’s launch on Sept. 29 would include more American shipments of the product than all those of the NES Classic Edition shipped last year.

The NES Classic Edition was initially released in November 2016, and it was first sold in stores for $59.99.

The system boasts 30 games from the original NES’s golden era, including "Donkey Kong," "The Legend of Zelda" and "Super Mario Bros."

The Super NES Classic Edition, meanwhile, launches later this month for $79.999 and features 16-bit titles rather than the 8-bit entries from its predecessor.

The console boasts 21 beloved Super NES games – such as "Super Mario World" and "Super Metroid" – and comes with two wired controllers.

Polygon reported that Nintendo had initially only committed to manufacturing the Super NES Classic Edition until 2017’s end, leading to worries the retro system would be hard to find.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime on Monday, however, cautioned customers against overpaying for the hotly-anticipated product.

“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” he told The Financial Times. “You shouldn’t [have to] pay ore than $79.99.”

Nintendo previously vowed it would “produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition.”

Fils-Aime told Time magazine in April that it had sold 2.3 million units of the NES Classic Edition amid unexpected demand for the system from consumers.

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