Nintendo Might Be Planning a Super NES Classic Followup That You Probably Won’t Be Able to Find, Either

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Whether through artificial shortages or the pure lure of a relatively cheap (if you didn’t buy it for $500 on eBay), HD NES with a built-in suite of nostalgic games, the NES Classic Edition was one of 2016’s hottest holiday items. So, it should come as no surprise that Nintendo may be looking for a repeat performance with an SNES Classic Edition at some point in the future.

For now, that’s just speculation based on a trademark filing for an image of a Super NES controller:

While there are other possible explanations for such a trademark, especially from a company as fiercely protective as Nintendo, I’d be more surprised at this point if they weren’t planning on a Super upgrade to the NES Classic. (Here’s hoping for some longer controller cords.)

Hobbyists have already been hard at work creating homemade NES Classic Edition knockoffs that can already double as SNES versions, and with modern computing power far making the difference between the NES and SNES eras minuscule, there would be no great hurdle for Nintendo to move on from manufacturing a tiny NES to a tiny SNES.

The potential game library certainly has no shortage of classics to choose from, either, making this second round of retro goodness potentially even more enticing than the first—especially for those on the Sega Genesis side of the ’90s console wars who might have missed out. Sadly, we may not find out any more about this until next year‘s holiday season approaches, but at least we have an impending Nintendo Switch info dump to hold us over in the meantime.

(via Forbes, image via Nintendo)

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