During the last meeting of the shareholders, Satoshi Yamato (Senior Executive Officer of Nintendo of Japan) has talked about the potential ability to monetize with the classic line-up of Nintendo, not excluding a priori the retail channel.
Satoshi Yamato was asked this question “Several Game Boy Advance titles have been released on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS
already, but have you thought about making them available through retail?” to which he replied the below:
“We have been thinking about a lot of different ways to make use of Virtual Console titles, and not just Game Boy Advance titles. Similar to these software titles we have made available on a variety of platforms over the Internet, we consider the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom (to be sold as Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in the U.S.), scheduled to be launched in Japan this October (and September overseas) to be a type of Virtual Console. It would be possible to sell these titles as packaged software or via download cards, but if we were to start selling products like this in the future, I think we would first have to consider whether we can establish that kind of business model, and do our due diligence in finding out if there is sufficient demand for it.”
Basically, it also means that if the SNES Mini replicates or surpasses the success of the first mini console launched by Nintendo, the company would consider launching more of this kind of products to the market in the future.
We don’t have any doubt for a moment that this console is going to be a hit that Nintendo hopes it to be.