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Nintendo's Surface

by M.G. Siegler

Sources: Nintendo to launch SNES mini this year

Tom Phillips:

Last week, Nintendo explained that it never intended NES mini to be a permanent product. From the company's perspective, the microconsole was planned as a cool novelty item perfect for Christmas 2016, and the numbers in which it was manufactured and shipped were expected to be enough to suit this goal.
But NES mini ended up breaking out to become more popular than anticipated and quickly sold out, leading to a bustling resale market on eBay. NES mini shipments continued into the early part of this year, but its production run could not be extended further - as SNES mini was slated for production instead.
Hopefully, more stock of the SNES mini will be made available to avoid a repeat of the same shortages.

Yeah, okay. If Nintendo really didn't know how popular the NES Mini was going to be, they're fools. This. Was. Obvious. So obvious, that I laid out the plan for what Nintendo should do to create a new hit over three years ago.

Worse, when they stumble into a hit, they freak out and do the exact wrong thing. I'm still in the camp that thinks products like the NES Mini should be Nintendo's core product. So is there any question they're going to fuck up the SNES Mini as well? 

This leak was to try to dampen the outrage about the killing off of the NES Mini. But how stupid does Nintendo think we are? More importantly, how stupid do we think they are?


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