Nintendo continues releasing revamped versions of its vintage hardware with SNES Classic Mini Edition. After the incredible success of NES Classic, this was an expected move by the Japanese company. The new console will be a mini version of Super Nintendo that will include a total of 20 games plus one that was never released before!
Similar to the NES edition, the SNES Classic will run games by using emulation on a Linux-based system. Nostalgic fans of Super Nintendo will be delighted to know that the design stayed completely the same except that the console is significantly smaller. The power and reset button work, but the cartridge and joystick sockets are there for the show.
By pulling the flap out, you will uncover the real ports for joysticks. The good news is that each package of the console comes with two controllers. Nintendo corrected the mistake they made with NES Mini when they only included one joystick, which annoyed many fans. Let’s mention that the controllers are a faithful replica of the original, although they could use additional cable length.
Once you start the console, you will notice a menu with the list of games included. There are various ways of sorting the releases, including by title, publisher, release date, multiplayer support and recently played. Nintendo is aware that some games lacked the save option, but they resolved this issue in SNES Classic Mini Edition by enabling you to create a save state at any given moment. There are four save slots at your disposal for every game. You can even lock them by using your controller if you are worried someone might erase them.
A neat addition is a feature to rewind gameplay. The reset button activates the menu where you can enable this option. In fact, you can watch replays of the latest moments in the game and choose where you want to stop and jump back in time. That does make playing easier, and it can help push through those tricky spots that annoy you.
As for the visuals, the console comes with an HDMI output and vivid 720p graphics ensuring that the games look beautiful. You won’t notice any differences to the real deal as the emulation does an excellent job of replicating the 16-bit device Nintendo produced in the 1990s. You can also choose from various screen borders and try thee CRT scanline filter. However, we suggest you avoid the latter one as it can result in muddy visuals.
What Games Come with SNES Classic?
We’ve come to the best part now because we are going to talk about games! The console will feature a total of 21 games. However, 20 of them are available from the start. These games include:
- Super Punch-Out!
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Final Fantasy III / VI
- Super Metroid
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Yoshi’s Island (Super Mario World 2)
- Mega Man X
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Kirby Super Star
- Donkey Kong Country
- Secret of Mana
- Super Ghouls and Ghosts
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Star Fox
*Please note that there are certain changes when it comes to games if you decide to purchase the Japanese console version
What about the Remaining Game?
Nintendo has a surprise up its sleeve for all nostalgic fans of SNES. One of the most favorite games on the original console was Star Fox. Few people know that the developers were working on a sequel, but it was canceled before the release due to an unknown reason. If you loved this game, you would be thrilled to hear that SNES Classic Mini Edition will also include Star Fox 2!
It is another retro game, but it’s one that nobody has ever played until now. There is a catch, however, because you have to beat the first level of the original Star Fox to unlock it. That shouldn’t be hard for any fan of the series since they would want to play the first installment again before diving into the sequel.
Will There Be More Games Available in the Future?
We all had our personal favorites, but you can’t neglect that all the games that made the cut are top-notch. Contra III is undoubtedly the best game of the franchise, while we all spent numerous hours playing Super Mario World. Final Fantasy III remake was released on PC, which speaks enough about the quality of that release.
When it comes to additional games, the bad news is that Nintendo announced the company wouldn’t be implementing more titles to the console. That’s not a reason to worry because there is a way around it. You can add as many ROMs as you like by just hacking the system.
How to Add More Games to SNES Classic Mini?
Although everything is just a theory at this point, experts say that there is no reason why it shouldn’t work. A piece of software by the name hakchi2 had the power to hack the NES Classic system and add more ROMs. Considering that the new console uses that very same system, there is no reason why you couldn’t do the same again. Everything that you need to load up more games is the program we mentioned and a USB device.
Release Date and Price
The release date of the console is September 29, 2017. That means that, by the time you are reading this article, the console will be available through your local retailer or online. The price is set at $79.99, which seems pretty affordable.
It’s interesting to note that even the manufacturer was surprised with the success of NES Classic Mini. In fact, all the copies were quickly sold out, and the console went out of stock. Nintendo claims that will not happen with SNES Classic Mini Edition. But, just to be on the safe side, you should hurry up and get your copy on time.