Following a rumor of an official announcement, Nintendo has just revealed its plans for a Super Nintendo Classic novelty console - sporting over 20 original Super Nintendo Entertainment System games pre-installed. Originally released in Japan in 1990, followed by the North American rollout in 1991, the SNES is a classic console of the 16-bit era within the gaming industry, and quickly became the best-selling console of its time compared to the competing Sega Genesis.
Well known for such beloved 20th century classic titles as Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, and Star Fox, the SNES was a more than worthy successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System of the 8-bit era. Well into the 32-bit era, the SNES remained a competitive option within the home console market, and is still a frequently cited favorite among gamers the world over. Now Nintendo is officially releasing an SNES Mini novelty console, as an answer to last year's NES Mini novelty console.
Per the official announcement from Nintendo, the Super Nintendo Classic console arrives September 29, 2017 at a starting price of $79.99 ($99.99 in Canada), and will come pre-installed with 21 classic SNES games - including the previously-unreleased Star Fox sequel Star Fox 2 (which will be made available to players after they complete the first level of the original Star Fox). The novelty console will come prepackaged with one HDMI cable, one USB charging cable with AC adapter, and two wired SNES Classic controllers.
Check out the full list of included SNES games below:
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 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
With so many classic SNES titles and two controllers to be released with each prepackaged SNES Classic console, Nintendo is obviously hoping that such multi-player titles as Super Mario Kart and Contra III: The Alien Wars will encourage couch co-op play for any and all potential buyers - in addition to such single player classics as Earthbound, Final Fantasy III, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
Speaking to the thinking that went into developing the SNES Classic, Nintendo of Canada's General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, said:
"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. 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."
After the less-then desirable factors that made last year's novelty console release of the NES Classic a non-starter for many Nintendo fans - with irritating factors like short cord length, one controller per prepackaged console, and the overall underproduction of said product upon release - those hoping to pick up the SNES Classic had better hope that things are running a little smoother behind the scenes, this time around.
The Super Nintendo Classic arrives on September 29, 2017.