Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently participated in an interview with Hollywood Reporter where he was quizzed about all things Nintendo. One thing that Reggie commented on was the immensely successful NES and SNES Classic systems. He said that in the Americas once they are are gone, they are gone, and that it is the Nintendo Switch Online which will be the home for retro games going forward.
Do you have plans for doing another classic console in the future? Do you expect to release any more games on the classic consoles that have already been released?
There’s no ability for add-on content with our classic consoles, so when you purchase the console it’s coming with that set roster of content. We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation. We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it. The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo) from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content.