On December 5th, Nintendo renewed their trademark for the image of the Super Famicom controller. The Super Famicom, of course, is the Japanese title for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. While this news might seem like a normal business practice, many have speculated on its implications. This trademark could be an indicator that Nintendo plans to develop a SNES Classic Edition.
Nintendo released a similar product with the NES Classic Edition, a miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The console, which came with 30 original NES games installed, sold over 196,000 units, according to sales tracking firm, NPD Group. Unfortunately, supplies of the SNES Classic Edition have been limited, disappointing many shoppers. With so much success and demand, its only natural for the company to release a SNES version.
This action could also be a preparation for the release of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s upcoming system will continue to support Virtual Console games, meaning that fans will be able to play titles from older console generations. Previous systems, like the Wii and WiiU have allowed players to use NES and Gamecube controllers to play certain games. It wouldn’t be strange for the company to produce SNES controllers that are compatible with the Nintendo Switch. However, this trademark renewal might just be another example of a company protecting its intellectual property.
Regardless of its creative direction, Nintendo is intent on delivering content for fans of both old and new ideas. The release of Super Mario Run surpassed expectations when it released on mobile devices. A deal with Universal Parks and Resorts has even promised the creation of classic Nintendo-themed areas in Universal theme parks.