Nintendo announces fun-sized SNES Classic Edition, bundled with unreleased game

After cashing in on Gen X retro nostalgia last year with the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has inevitably revealed its next-gen (ha) SNES Classic Edition, launching on 29 September with 21 pre-installed games including Star Fox 2. That’s the same Star Fox 2 that was cancelled in 1995, so it’s kind of a big deal.

Much like the NES Classic Edition, the $79 SNES mini replica console supports futuristic hi-res TVs with an HDMI connection, and also features a USB charging cable, an AC adapter, and two wired SNES Classic controllers. Local prices – or availability, for that matter – aren’t confirmed for the moment, but the NES Classic Edition was available in South Africa via a number of retailers for R1000 or so until it sold out, like, instantly.

Here’s the complete list of 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 Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!

Also like the NES Classic Edition, however, Nintendo’s marketing stuff suggests that this one will be sold for a limited time only, but with more stock to keep up with the crazy demand.

“We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition,” Nintendo told Gamespot. “Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from September 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.”

Both Nintendo’s original NES and SNES consoles were not officially available in South Africa when they first launched in the 80s and 90s, with most of us growing up in front of palette-swapped variations of Circus Chablie Charlie on a Golden China or Reggies Entertainment System clone instead. You kids don’t even know.


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