Super NES Classic Edition coming this Fall
Even in the face of new games and consoles, Nintendo‘s NES Classic was easily the hottest gaming product last holiday. Over 2.3 million units will sold in just a few months, and the console remains highly sought-after to this day. So, it only makes sense the Japanese company would follow-up this holiday with something even more “super.”
Launching on September 29, 2017, is the Super NES Classic Edition, a smaller, lighter version of this beloved console. I grew up gaming on my SNES and to say I’m thrilled about his announcement would be a massive understatement. The gaming system has, arguably, the greatest line-up of exclusives to ever hit any home console. What other console can compete with the likes of Super Mario World, Super Metroid, F-Zero, Star Fox, and hundreds more?
Now you can relive 20 of the greatest SNES games of all-time on Super NES Classic Edition. It also comes with the unreleased Star Fox 2, one of the most-requested titles in gaming history. That’s 21 classic Super Nintendo games all on one device, and it’s arriving in just a few short months!
What games come with it?
The full selection of 21 games pre-installed on Super NES Classic Edition is as follows:
- 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 [NEVER BEFORE RELEASED]
- 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
If you’re familiar with Super NES you’ll know right away how incredible this line-up is. For those who never owned the console, these games are the pure definition of gaming classics.
While many of these franchises began life on the NES, their 16-bit sequels are often cited as the most timeless. For example, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is still considered the franchise’s pinnacle for many fans. Likewise, Super Mario World may remain the greatest entry in the Mario series to date.
Surely any retro or long-time Nintendo fan can’t help but grin huge when looking at this amazing list of games. Super Mario Kart is the original that began this legendary franchise that has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, Final Fantasy III, and Secret of Mana are timeless RPGs that have influenced the entire genre. Contra III, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, and Mega Man X are three of the best side-scrollers ever made. And fighting games wouldn’t exist as they are today without Street Fighter II Turbo.
No doubt it about, Super NES Classic Edition is a veritable treasure trove from the golden age of ’90s gaming.
Star Fox 2
I want to take a moment to explain why the inclusion of Star Fox 2 is so significant. For over 20 years the game has supposedly been about 95% complete, but Nintendo ended up cancelling the project. But why do that considering how popular the original game was? Well, the common notion is Nintendo didn’t want their older 3D graphics being compared to PlayStation’s newer, better graphics. Nintendo has always been about quality, and the company is well-known for cancelling projects not meeting their high standard.
Now, 18 years after the discontinuation of the Super NES in North America, Star Fox 2 has become a reality. This is the long-lost sequel to the console’s best shooter, and a franchise that has endured for over 23 years. Star Fox fans have been dreaming of this day for a long time now, never expecting it to actually happen. Star Fox 2 will instantly make its mark on history upon release, and I for one can’t wait to play it!
What’s included in the box?
So we know the included games, but what else comes with the Super NES Classic Edition? Here is the full list of contents:
- Super NES Classic Edition Console
- Two wired Super NES Classic Controllers
- HDMI Cable
- USB charging cable with AC adapter
Right away I want to point out that two controllers means you can play multiplayer out of the box. Last year’s NES Classic only came with one controller, so it’s great to see Nintendo add the extra one. Super NES Classic’s multiplayer games include Super Mario Kart, Contra III, Secret of Mana, Street Fighter II, and more.
The two included controllers look like exact replicas of the original SNES controllers, even possessing the iconic “Super Nintendo” branding. While many design features of the controller are now commonplace, for the time they’re were considered major innovations. These include four face buttons (one more than SEGA Genesis), and the two shoulder buttons. Technically, the Super NES controller had six buttons, which was ideal for playing arcade games like Street Fighter II. The shoulder buttons were also used for power sliding in Super Mario Kart, a feature that has stuck with the series ever since.
Super NES Classic, the hottest in gaming this Fall?
Given the huge popularity of the NES Classic Edition, I fully expect its successor to be one hot item this holiday. While the Super NES Classic Edition includes less games (21 vs NES Classic’s 30), they are arguably better. Super NES’ 16-bit graphics are so beautiful and nostalgic, and the games of that gen were much deeper. The 21 games will easily give you 100s of hours of game time and will be an amazing trip down memory lane.
From a value perspective, Super NES Classic Edition also delivers in a big way. I’m very familiar with the collector’s scene, and many original SNES game cartridges sell for upwards of $100. They also tend to sell out fast, making them very hard to find. With the Super NES Classic Edition, you’ll get a vast collection of the most sought-after SNES games of all time.
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