These days Nintendo has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hardware folks can’t get enough of. They’re selling Switches faster than they can make them. Another revision of the mega-popular 3DS, the New 2DS XL, is coming next month, and we all remember the mad dash to buy the limited quantities of the NES Classic Edition last holiday. Well get ready to add one more Nintendo box to your wishlist. The Super NES Classic Edition officially drops this September.
Rumors suggested that Nintendo would follow-up the red-hot NES Classic with a SNES version this year, and it’s a pretty obvious move. While the SNES arguably has less mainstream nostalgia appeal compared to the NES, it arguably has more, better, and more-beloved games. The SNES Classic Edition packs 21 of those games in one adorable $80 gadget you hook up to your TV via HDMI. While the NES Classic had more games, SNES games are much larger and more complex. Just look at how many more buttons are on the two included controllers.
Here are the retro games you can expect to (legally) play on your SNES Classic Edition.
- 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
That’s a fantastic list of first- and third-party games, better than the NES, full of straight-up masterpieces. The Super Nintendo is arguably the greatest video game console of all time. It’s my personal favorite. Even more exciting, one of the games, Star Fox 2, was never released despite being finished. Some of its ideas wound up in later Star Fox games but this is the first chance for anyone to play the original sequel. It’s a victory for games preservation. But you have to unlock it by beating the first level of Star Fox. It’s only fair.
The biggest dark cloud hovering over this announcement is quantity. Nintendo purposefully made a limited number of NES Classics, a number far below demand. So it’s not too crazy to think they’ll do it again with the SNES Classic and millions of people who want the device will be out of luck if they’re too slow. It only discourages me from trying to buy this thing I otherwise really want.
But rumors also said Nintendo stopped NES Classic production to ramp up early for the SNES Classic, so hopefully there will be more supply this time. Hopefully. Nintendo has promised “significantly” more stock (as well as longer controller cables) but only throughout 2017. Or Nintendo can solve all of our problems and just put all these games on a Virtual Console for Nintendo Switch, a device they plan to keep selling for years.
The Super NES Classic Edition launches September 29. If it’s anything like its predecessor, don’t expect to be able to pre-order. So here’s hoping we can all find one. Look forward to the Nintendo 64 Classic in 2018. I can’t wait to play Glover again!
Via – Geek.com