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The Super NES Classic Edition is Real

June 28, 2017

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By: Max Cannon

Toward the end of 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition. Nintendo's miniature NES included 30 iconic games from the 1985 original system and flew off the shelves so quickly that most people were unable to even get their hands on it. Well, this year we're getting a follow-up that'll hopefully do things right.

This Year's Lineup of Yesterday's Games

Getting right down to it, here's the list of included games.

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • 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
  • 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

This is quite the list of Nintendo games but there is one huge stand-out, Star Fox 2. Gamers may have fond memories of Star Fox and Star Fox 64 but you wouldn't be wrong to not remember Star Fox 2. This game was finished and ready to roll out to store shelves when its release was canceled. Reasons for the game's cancellation are unknown, though many think it may have something to do with more prominent 3D consoles hitting the market. So seeing Star Fox 2 on this list means that the Super NES Classic will be our first big chance at playing this piece of history.

An awesome bundle of games including the infamous Star Fox 2.An awesome bundle of games including the infamous Star Fox 2.Courtesy of Nintendo

While the NES Classic Edition was an awesome box with some great games there were definitely a couple of omissions to the roster and even a few unnecessary games -- I'm looking at you Balloon Fight. But the improvements coming in with the Super NES Classic don't end with the games. 

Now and Then

One of the biggest hangups with the NES Classic Edition was its awful controller wire. At a mere 3 feet long you'd need to be sitting cross-legged just inches from your TV to enjoy your games, which may encourage some nostalgia for parents and older gamers. The Super NES Classic immediately rectifies this by adding an extra bit of length to hit the 5-foot mark and they even throw an extra controller into the package.

The tiny Super NES Classic.The tiny Super NES Classic.Courtesy of Nintendo

If you're looking forward to getting your hands on the new console you'll probably need to preorder soon but Nintendo has already acknowledged their previous mistakes and plans to manufacture significantly more than the original Classic did.

On top of that, the NES Classic released in November for $59.99 with plans to cease production by the end of December, not exactly a big window. While the Super NES Classic plans to stop production by the end of December as well you'll have a chance at getting your hands on it during release on September 29th, 2017 for an extra 20 bucks at $79.99. 

The Super NES Classic's box, nostalgia approved.The Super NES Classic's box, nostalgia approved.Courtesy of Nintendo

To sum up: 21 awesome SNES games in HD, 2 controllers with longer wires, and it's all launching on September 29th for 80 bucks. 

Have Your Say!

Are you going to after a Super NES Classic? Did you ever try the original? Share your comments below!