Nintendo Announces SNES Classic Mini, Contains 21 Games Including Unreleased Star Fox 2

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 9:50 AM

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
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • 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!

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03:22 Jun-28-2017

I'm with the majority on this one. Once the switch virtual console releases, most if not all the games mentioned here will also be available there. Being able to take my favorite NES, Super NES, and N64 games on the go with the switch sounds much more appealing to me than being stuck with a home console..

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22:44 Jun-27-2017

Ahahaha...NO...why give 80$ when i can put an emulator on my phone for free?

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20:57 Jun-27-2017

Already built a retropie which has all snes, nes, genesis, some gba and some ps1 games. So no

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05:35 Jun-28-2017

interesting

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16:10 Jun-27-2017

I'm in the minority on this I guess, but I'm really excited for it. Yeah, you can download all these with emulators, but just having the classic SNES with two controllers is too much of a nostalgia trip for me not to buy one.

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16:18 Jun-27-2017

if you're interested they're back in stock on Amazon UK with US delivery...

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16:24 Jun-27-2017

Thanks, but it says it's sold out again. T_T

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16:44 Jun-27-2017

dayum, they're quick. I got mine from the official Nintendo Store here in the UK. Pre-orders went live at about 4pm. Perhaps a similar time on the US store today?

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16:51 Jun-27-2017

I have Amazon ready to alert me the second it goes on sale. And I have my Amazon app open and ready at the product page. lol I'm not missing it this time.

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11:17 Jun-27-2017

This is really dumb, I know NES and SNES can bring back childhood memories; but so can a nes usb controller and a emulator

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11:12 Jun-27-2017

Yes of course. if they give it away for free.

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10:28 Jun-27-2017

In this context, what on earth does 'cracked' mean ?

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10:34 Jun-27-2017

You can add your own ROMs, as happened with the NES Mini. This would allow users to ahem, load in their legally obtained SNES ROMs for a more complete collection.

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05:36 Jun-28-2017

hahhahhah yeahhhhh that's right jon right on point :P

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10:21 Jun-27-2017

The price.. Raspberry Pi 3 + Retropie + a thousand games for less


Sure Snes Mini is the legal way but damn they didnt include the Mario All-Star neither the Donkey Kong triology but atleast they added Super Mario RPG

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10:09 Jun-27-2017

Maybe if the price comes down to 25-30 euro, sure, but this is NOT worth it... I'd rather dust of my dads old SNES and use it, or just emulate the games I have on my PSP...

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10:07 Jun-27-2017

80 POUNDS? IS IT MADE OUT OF ING GOLD? THOSE GAMES ARE WORTH MAYBE A POUND EACH WHAT THE !

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10:35 Jun-27-2017

They are already selling for £150+ on eBay so yes, it's definitely worth it. I'm sat on a NES mini which I got for £45 and it's now worth several times more than that.

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