SNES Classic will fix your nostalgia blues this September

Most people will tell you that the original Nintendo Entertainment System revitalized the video game industry after it fell apart in 1983. It can be argued, though, that Nintendo didn't really hit its stride until the second iteration of the console. Outside Japan, the successor was called the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES for short), and the N-team has a miniaturized reissue ready to hit stores this September.

Just like the NES Classic, the SNES Classic is a miniaturized version of the original console, albeit one that accepts full-sized controllers. Two of those controllers are included with the machine, as well as 21 original SNES games. The full list of titles pre-loaded on the system is up at the SNES Classic's micro-site, and it includes some real classics from first- and third-party developers. Big franchises like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid are all present, of course, but you'll also find Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, and Final Fantasy III (better known these days as Final Fantasy VI).

The system also apparently includes Star Fox 2, a game that was never actually released despite being completed. A mostly-finished leaked version has been floating around the web in ROM format for the better part of 20 years, but the game was cancelled in a very late stage of development due to the impending release of competing next-gen systems, as well as Nintendo's own "Project 64." This will be the first new official SNES game release since Frogger in 1998.

If you're keen to pick up an SNES Classic, keep on the ball. It's likely to be a limited production run, and if this release experiences anything like the NES Classic's short life, the system may quickly be hard to find. Nintendo says it will go for $80 when it releases on September 29. There's a U.S. edition (picture above), and a European version identical to its American sibling apart from its looks.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I dunno about you guys but I can’t feel nostalgic about these miniaturized versions of the originals. I’d much rather they totally reproduce the original design, actual size and box design and all, even if it uses different internal components (I can get past that) and no styrofoam packaging, and maybe just put in some sort of small differentiating feature (like slightly smaller vents or something) to differentiate the original from the ‘original’ (good for real collectors) without being too obvious and killing the nostalgia. It’s not like most of us remember exactly how big the vents were anyway Then maybe pack in a real SNES cartridge containing the games. Remember those 20-in-1 or 1,000-in-1 game cartridges back in the NES/SNES/Genesis days? Yeah, those. Even better idea: an SNES cartridge that’s actually capable of plugging into your PC via a small USB port on the side and copying SNES ROMs to. I imagine an internal cartridge memory of even just 512MB or 1GB is overkill. Should send most of us straight back to 1992. And while we’re being nostalgic, how about pricing it like it’s 1992 also? 🙂

      • PixelArmy
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]how about pricing it like it's 1992?[/quote<] That is $200 not adjusted for inflation or $350 in today's dollars...

    • POLAR
    • 2 years ago

    SNES to Switch..something went very wrong

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Why Super Mario World and not Mario World/All Stars? Is it to sell the original Mario titles with a NES?

    It’s cool to see SNES hardware for sale, but this whole concept is kind of silly. I don’t need to buy a standalone box for each system and then swap them out; this is 2017. Sell a version that is a Windows App and ship me some USB controllers. The fact that I’d have to fight for a limited edition standalone box to play 21 SNES games removes any moral qualms about emulation!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      “B-but then people will rip the ROMs and pirate our games!!”

      Nevermind that that will happen anyway. Looking forward to being amused when the Star Fox 2 final ROM hits the web.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 2 years ago

      I was thinking that as well. I had All-Stars as well and it would have been great had they included it in here as well.

      But they probably want you to buy the Classic console to play Mario 1/2/3…which they stopped selling…

      • NTMBK
      • 2 years ago

      They have been doing that for absolutely years on Virtual Console. This is aimed more at the casual market, and it’s all about a) simplicity and b) nostalgia. It’s a tiny cute physical device that reminds them of their childhood, and they just plug it into their TV and play the games they remember. No messing around with online stores, installing apps, downloading updates, and so on.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        The Wii U’s virtual console was a desolate, sad place. On the OG Wii it was pretty cool.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      The NES Classic was a limited run and out of production, so not including All-Stars can’t be about protecting sales.. I have no idea what Nintendo is doing. It’s like they hate money.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 2 years ago

    Missing Super Smash Bros : (

    I also fondly remember playing PilotWings. And Earthworm Jim. Ah, so many classics.

    Since these games take up so little space, Nintendo could have easily put another 10 games on here. It’s not like it would have added anything to the cost of this unit.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      Super Smash Brothers was N64.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 2 years ago

        ‘doh!

        Correct you are.

      • reever
      • 2 years ago

      Nintendo could put every game on for an extra $10 of memory. They could have done the same for the NES with <$1 of memory. Evidently Nintendo doesn’t actually have the rights to put most of ‘their’ library on these remakes

        • Horshu
        • 2 years ago

        They’d have to pay royalties for any game they don’t own. And having a tiny system that plays all classic SNES games would cannibalize from the eventual Switch virtual SNES feature they’re bound to add.

    • R-Type
    • 2 years ago

    From the foul, burning pyre of Ebay, a million voices wailed out: “FFLLLLLLEEEEEEESSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Man, I sold my console to buy a PC, and then promptly ran ZSNES with illegal downloads of all the games I couldn’t afford as a child on pocket money.

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    Also, $20 more for 1/3rd the games of the NES classic. That is amazingly paltry.

    It may make up for it in quality though. It’s pretty heavy on the classic RPGS with FFVI, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG and Earthbound. Some all time classics for sure. No Chrono Trigger though.

      • cygnus1
      • 2 years ago

      Well, it does also come with 2 controllers instead of 1. That pretty much justifies the $20 difference.

      • jts888
      • 2 years ago

      The title list is overall pretty great and actually pretty comprehensive, but there are enough omissions I really can’t call it truly comprehensive either: [list<][*<]Chrono Trigger [/*<][*<]Earthbound [/*<][*<]Zombies Ate My Neighbors [/*<][*<]Shadowrun [/*<][*<]DKC2 [/*<][*<]TMNT4 [/*<][*<]MMX2/3 [/*<][*<]Lost Vikings [/*<][*<]... [/*<] [/list<] Still probably gonna get one though.

        • drfish
        • 2 years ago

        Oh yeah, it really needs TMNT. Good call.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        It had Earthbound.

        It’s interesting because this is a much more single player focused package than the NES Acclaim.

      • PixelArmy
      • 2 years ago

      21/30 = 7/10

    • cynan
    • 2 years ago

    Since the Nintendo Switch is basically all screen as it is, how are they going to sell a mini version of it in 20 years?

    “Nintendo Switch 20th Anniversary Nostalgia Edition. 2mm thinner than the original!”

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 2 years ago

      What I wonder is if Nintendo has now basically guaranteed that every future system will be “Switch-Like” and be portable in the same/similar way. I just can’t imagine a way they go back to a “standard” console, especially since they haven’t competed on pure power since the N64 era.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Have you seen the Switch? It is THICC.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        I will tonight. My Switch finally arrives!

      • The Egg
      • 2 years ago

      I highly doubt the Switch will be so endearing. In 26-31 years, hardly anyone will remember what you’re talking about.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        The NES and SNES are so hot right now because those of us that grew up with them are in our prime spending years (between 30 and 45).

        The systems that today’s 5-12 year olds grow up with will remember those systems as fondly as we remember the NES and SNES.

          • Convert
          • 2 years ago

          No one is going to remember the Wii U.

            • southrncomfortjm
            • 2 years ago

            Nope. But they’ll remember the Wii

            • Kretschmer
            • 2 years ago

            People forgot about their OWN Wiis after a few years; no one is going to wax nostalgic about that fad.

      • Horshu
      • 2 years ago

      A projector?

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    Another present to Ebay resellers from Nintendo.

      • curtisb
      • 2 years ago

      Couldn’t have said it better. $80 to all of the resellers, $400 to anyone else. No thanks. I wanted an NES Classic because I grew up with one (and an Atari 2600 before that), but no way was I paying that much for one.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        I’ll probably still get one and just stick it in my closet and see what happens to the value.

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        I have 2 original NES’s and a whole box full of games. Fakes are for kids.

          • bornem17
          • 2 years ago

          My wife’s SNES, which she’s had for well over twenty years, isn’t loading up any more. This “fake” one might make for a good Christmas present.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah this is ridiculous. Just forget it exists. Buy a RPi 3 and download Lakka instead.

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