Last year’s NES Mini launch was an absolute saga of limited stock, angry fans, and eBayers rolling in piles of money. And now we’re set to do it all again with the announcement of the Nintendo SNES Classic, a minified version of perhaps its most beloved console of all time. The 16-bit powerhouse played host to some of Nintendo’s finest moments, with 21 being bundled into the SNES Classic Edition.
Nintendo plans to launch the SNES Classic Edition on September 29, 2017, for $79.99 / £79.99, and stock will allegedly be in more abundant supply this time around. Every store I’ve checked in the UK has already out of pre-order stock in a matter of hours, however. Each comes with a shrunk down version of the console and two controllers. In the US you'll be lumped with the purple version, while the rest of the world will get the standard three-tone grey + coloured face buttons versions pictured above.
On the game front, the 21-title list is a little bit trimmed down from the 30 found in the NES Classic, but there’s no doubting the quality. A stellar mix of first and third-party titles, this hits most of the high-notes for the Super Famicom. One of the major highlights is Star Fox 2, an unreleased game for the SNES which Nintendo finished yet never launched following the arrival of the Nintendo 64.
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby's Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi's Island
Glaring omissions likely to do with licensing issues include Chrono Trigger, the Super Star Wars games, Mortal Kombat, Super Bomberman and more. It’s also curious to see Nintendo omit some of its own first-party catalogue such as Pilotwings, the rest of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, and the Super Mario All-Stars re-release.
If you’re on the hunt for a SNES Classic you’ll have to be quick. Stock’s going on major sites extremely rapidly, although they are likely to get restocked when they find out their launch allocations.
Who’s interested in picking up a SNES Classic? What do you make of the 21-game list? Let us know!