To the bafflement of many, Nintendo recently announced that it was ceasing production of the NES Classic Edition, a mini console that has been a sell-out since its introduction six months ago.
"Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year," the company said.
"We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologise.
"We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product."
It seemed an extremely strange move – even for Nintendo – given that the system seemed only to be a money-maker.
The only logical explanations seemed to be that Nintendo is annoyed at how easily people are getting pirated ROMs running on the Classic Edition, or that there is another system coming.
According to Eurogamer sources, it's the latter (although knowing Nintendo, it's probably some of the former as well): Nintendo has a mini version of the SNES in the works.
Although development is barely underway on the SNES Mini (or Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System?), it is apparently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year.
Last week, Nintendo said the NES Classic was never meant to be a permanent product, but rather just a cool novelty item to sell over the holidays. Only its wild popularity saw production briefly extended.
Like the NES Classic Edition, the SNES Mini is expected to come with preinstalled games, so now it's game speculation time – what will be in there?
My money is on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, Star Fox, Mega Man, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, F-Zero, Secret of Mana, a Castlevania, a Contra, and a Final Fantasy.