By: Imran Chaudhry
The NES Classic Mini was both a raging success and absolute train wreck from Nintendo, which has probably started a trend in releasing mini versions of classic consoles pre-loaded with games, ready for nostalgia rabid gamers to devour. Considering the NES Classic Mini sold out so fast, and was in such high demand right up until Nintendo announced they were ceasing production of the console, it’s now a long gone bittersweet memory of Nintendo’s past. NES Classic Mini’s retailed at £49.99, a decent price for a much loved console brought back to life, however due to the extremely limited stock and Nintendo’s odd resistance to keep up with demand, you can now only find these units for triple or quadruple the price, or even more than this for jail-broken versions with hundreds of games on them.
However, one question sparked by the release of the NES Classic Mini was ‘will there be a SNES Classic Mini?’ Despite many peoples’ hopes being dashed with the abrupt end to the NES Classic Mini’s extremely short cycle, the answer is yes. Nintendo
have (finally) announced the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, featuring 21 pre-loaded games and retailing at £69.99. The increased price reflects the success of the NES Classic Mini and the demand for the SNES to be released in the same format.
Of the 21 Classic Super NES games, some of the most exciting and best of the era includes:
One huge difference between the US and European versions of the consoles is that they look completely different. Below is the European version of the console (also the Japanese look, however they are getting a slightly different
selection of games):
And here is the redesigned, boxier US version:
will come with a HDMI cable, USB charging cable, an AC adapter (US only
) and two wired Super NES Classic Controllers.
Echoing the call for the SNES Classic Edition in recent months, Doug Bowser
, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated “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”.
The SNES Classic Edition will launch September 29th, in time for Fall and this is definitely a Christmas come early from Nintendo. Let’s hope Nintendo have learnt their lesson from the shortage fiasco of the NES Classic Mini and are more than ready to keep up with supply and demand for this highly anticipated iteration of the Classics console line.
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