5 Details You Need to Know about Nintendo's Super NES Classic Edition

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 28 Jun 2017

Nintendo is doubling down on its efforts to squeeze as much money as possible from nostalgic gamers by introducing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic Edition, a modern version of the legendary console that was released way back in 1991 and a follow-up to last year’s NES Classic Edition.

"While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends."

5 Details You Need to Know about the SNES Classic Edition

1. It looks like the old SNES, but smaller

From a visual point of view, the new SNES Classic Edition has the same look and feel as the classic SNES from the 1990s. The only difference is that the new SNES is slightly smaller than the old one.

Since words are pretty much useless right now, let’s let the pictures do all the talking.

SNES Classic Edition box (US)

SNES Classic Edition in hand (US version)

SNES Classic Edition in hand (European and Japanese version with rounded Famicon-styling)

SNES Classic Edition controller (US version)

SNES Classic Edition controller (European and Japanese version)

Nintendo Classic: Mini Super Famicom box (Japan)

That's right, the SNES Classic Edition will have two controllers. Unlike the NES Classic Edition, which had just one.

2. It is pre-loaded with 21 games

When Nintendo revealed the Super NES Classic Edition, it also unveiled all the classic games that will come pre-loaded on the console.

In all, 21 games will be pre-loaded on the SNES Classic Edition:
  • 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

Star Fox 2, the game that Nintendo developed during the SNES era but never released, is finally going to be rolled out to the public alongside the SNES Classic Edition.

3. It is scheduled for a fall release

If you’re a Nintendo fan and you used to play games on your SNES as a kid, then the first thing that came out your month when you heard about the SNES Classic Edition was "when are they going to release it?" The quick answer is this fall. And if you want a precise release date, then you need to know that...

The Super NES Classic Edition is going to be released on September 29.

That’s on a Friday, in case you were wondering.

4. It’s more expensive than the NES Classic Edition

The suggested retail price for the NES Classic Edition (the console that Nintendo released in November 2016 and stopped manufacturing by April 2017) was $59.99. The Super NES Classic edition is a bit more expensive than that. And when I say "a bit," what I mean is $20.

The Super NES Classic Edition’s MSRP is $79.99. But if you look it up on eBay, you’ll see that it goes for a lot more than that. A lot more!

Eighty bucks gets you the SNES Classic Edition console, 21 pre-loaded games, 2 wired controllers, one HDMI cable, and one USB charging cable with AC adapter.

5. It won’t be as annoying as the NES Classic Edition

As mentioned above, the NES Classic Edition did not have a very long rung, with Nintendo discontinuing it just a few months after launch. The company will address this annoyance by producing "significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition."

And that’s not all. Nintendo will address a couple more annoyances. First of all, the fact that the NES Classic Edition came with just one controller. And second of all, the fact that the cables on the controller were too short.

You won’t have to buy a second controller, because the Super NES Classic Edition comes with 2 wired controllers. And while the NES Classic Controller had a cable that ran approximately 30 inches long, the Super NES Classic Controller will have a cable that is five feet long.

Learn more about the Super NES Classic.

In related news…

Nintendo isn’t the only company who is using nostalgia to try and make a buck. Sega is doing that too!

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