The SNES gets the Classic Edition treatment

by Haadi Bakar
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Look, I like ROMS as much as the next guy, but there’s nothing like playing retro games on systems and controllers built for them during their time.

This is why I loved last year’s Nintento Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition, a mini rerelease of the 1985’s NES game console preloaded with 30 classic games, and I’m also pretty excited with the recent Atari console comeback announcement.

Now Nintendo has another classic game console rerelease on the way, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic Edition. Just like the mini NES, it will be a shrunken version of the original filled with a treasure trove of legendary game titles and priced at US$79.99.

There will be 21 games in the mini SNES. Here’s the full list:

  • 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

The SNES Classic Edition will connect to modern TV via HDMI, and it will come bundled with two controllers this time, so you can have a two-player Mario Kart session out of the box.

The SNES mini will come in two flavours, the light grey version (pictured) that was shipped in Asia and Europe, and the angular grey and purple version in North America.

Just like the mini NES, the SNES Classic Edition will be extremely limited upon release September 21, so expect shortages and online scalpers. Nintendo said it will only manufacture enough SNES Classic systems until the end of 2017.

This is one console any Nintendo fan or retro gamer in general don’t want to pass up. The SNES was a highly popular game console during the 16-bit era.

I had fond memories of the SNES as a kid. It was a joy having friends over for a few rounds of Street Fighter II or Mario Kart.

I sure hope Sega would revive the Genesis.

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