After the absolutely astounding success of Nintendo’s NES Mini, you know, the one that sold out almost immediately everywhere and now retails on Ebay for around $250 a pop, Nintendo decided that was a pretty good idea. So now it’s back! Now in Super Nintendo form!
The SNES Mini launches September 30 for a retail price of around $120, which includes 21 games and two controllers so you can play with a pal. Which is pretty steep, but when you look at the games list you might change your mind a little bit.
- Contra 3: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy 3
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox (Starwing, in Australia)
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania 4
- 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
I don’t even know where to begin with that list, as a fan and collector of classic games. Highlights for me include the classic genre defining RPG’s like Earthbound and Super Mario RPG, as well as amazing platformers like Mega Man X and Super Metriod. A lot of these titles the average person might have missed out on, and now they’re here in one neat little package!
But you might have noticed one stand out title here. Star Fox 2. A game that was never actually released for the Super Nintendo. It was released through more illegal means, with the incomplete ROM being leaked online for players to (illegally) enjoy. Though whether this will be the 95% complete version that was leaked, or a revised and finished version of the game is yet to be seen. Either way, it’s incredibly exciting to see Nintendo acknowledging it among countless other amazing classics.
It will also be interesting to see whether the new SNES Mini fixes the issue of input lag that the NES Mini was notorious for, with countless threads of complaints from users across the internet. There were also various other complaints, like the controller cables being too short, though these were often remedied by third party companies releasing their own peripherals.
Hopefully the SNES Mini doesn’t sell out quite as fast as the original and people can actually get their hands on one this time! EB Games has it up for pre-order, and it helps that most places offering the console are limiting it to one per customer.
But if I were you, I’d get on it fast. Who knows how long it’ll stick around before it’s sold out forever again, considering Nintendo likes to just stop making these things for no particular reason!