Last year Nintendo released it’s first Nintendo Classic Mini. This one was for Nintendo’s first home console; the Nintendo Entertainment System. The tiny console packed 30 classic games and HDMI output. It was so popular the system was next to impossible to find. In a baffling move Nintendo discontinued the system after several months of being sold out. That discontinuation sparked rumors of a successor. And now those rumors prove true. Nintendo is launching a Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the Nintendo Classic Mini.
The SNES mini will follow the same basic formula as it’s predecessor with a few notable changes. Let me start with the first change which can be seen as a negative. The SNES mini sports ‘only’ 21 games, down from the 30 of the NES mini. But when you look at the list of games it’s hardly a real negative.
- 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™
For those paying attention, the inclusion of Star Fox 2 isn’t a typo. Nintendo have decided to include the previously unreleased title!
Other changes are for the better too. The pack will include two controllers. These apparently are ‘real’ controllers with the original connector. The controllers will also have longer cables than the short ones that came with the NES. In line with the original releases these miniature versions of the SNES will have a different appearance in each region. This is most notable for the US version. The system will be USB powered but won’t come with a charger in the box. Finally, Nintendo have also gone on record to state that will produce substantially more units of the SNES mini.
The SNES mini will launch September 29th with for $79 in the US and £79 in the UK.