If you, like me, were a child in the 90’s then you’d remember the Nintendo SNES fondly. Unfortunately, like tape cassettes and videos, the SNES was made obsolete and relegated to the annuals of history in which young Justin Bieber fans ponder what exactly tape cassettes, videos and the SNES was. Well, ponder no more Bieber fans because Nintendo is releasing the SNES Classic in September.
Nintendo’s SNES Classic
Like the previously released NES Classic, the SNES Classic will be a standalone, mini console. It will allow players to easily play retro games on HiDef televisions. In a press release, Nintendo said that it would be producing and shipping significantly more units than it did with the NES Classic. When the NES Classic released last year, stock was short and the product was discontinued in April this year. In the release about the SNES Classic, Nintendo carried on to say, “At the this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.” It looks like the SNES Classic may go the same way as the NES Classic with its limited run. Let’s hope that they produce enough units to meet demand at release.
In the same release, Nintendo tried to justify the limited release, “Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content.”
The SNES Classic is due for release on the 29th of September 2017 and is going to be priced at $79.99.
The 21 games included on the SNES Classic
In the same way that Nintendo’s NES Classic came pre-loaded with 21 games, the SNES Classic will as well. The full list of games included are:
• 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
• 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
One game that may be of particular interest in Star Fox 2 which was previously unreleased.
A brief history of the SNES
The SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), also known as the Super NES or the Super Famicon, is a 16-bit home video game console that was released in the early 90’s. Developed by Nintendo, the console faced fierce competition in the Europe and the US from Sega’s Genesis/Mega Drive console. The SNES brought advanced graphics and sound capabilities when compared to other system at the time. The use of a game cartridge helped the SNES retain a competitive slot in the marketplace.
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