The NES Classic Edition is still riding a wave of popularity (and it’s still out of stock!), but Nintendo might be preparing for another round of nostalgia. A Twitter account that keeps an eye on trademark filings has caught Nintendo trademarking an image of a Super Nintendo controller.

This could be nothing, or it could be the first glimpse of next Christmas’s must-have console.

A SNES Classic Edition would make all kinds of sense for Nintendo. Hardware-wise, the current NES Classic Edition is just a basic board inside retro packaging with a bunch of pre-loaded games. To turn that into a SNES Classic Edition would mostly just require writing different emulator software, and pre-loading different games.

Oh, and a different controller — which might be what you’re seeing here.

I don’t really have to answer “why would Nintendo want to re-release another retro game console.” The NES Classic Edition has been sold out since its launch, and Nintendo would have to be run by a deaf bat to not see the opportunities here. The Classic Edition is meant to retail at $60, but consoles are going on eBay for upwards of $300. Releasing the SNES Classic Edition would give people another console to covet, but also allow Nintendo to sneak the price up a little if it wanted.

In any case, this is just idle speculation for now, and could be nothing more than Nintendo moving to protect its intellectual property from knockoffs. But I find myself hoping — along with the purchasing managers for GameStop — that it’s something more.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.