With the Success of the Mini NES that launched last autumn Nintendo are at it again. With a new micro Super Nintendo. Although the Mini NES was well-reviewed by customers , there were some criticisms that i had. The main reason being you had to be lucky to actually get you hands on one as the demand was quite high . This was due to Nintendo holding back on Manufacturing and distribution. The other reason being that the built-in collection of games couldn’t be expanded with extra downloads or even the use of a cartridge slot to add your own titles .Thus making the micro console as some sort of gimmick . But the little Nintendo machine has become a collector’s item, often selling for hundreds of pounds on eBay.
Now moving back in time .The original SNES was launched in Japan in 1990, coming to the UK in 1992 and hitting the 16 bit generation by a storm with having some of the best games ever released. Nintendo has announced that it will launch the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or Mini SNES), a petite version of its early-1990s machine, on 29 September.
Priced at £80 with Argos currently selling them for £70 .This will be more expensive then the release price of the Micro NES . But can be understandable as the device will need more power for those 16 bits and its also being backed up with 2 controllers this time . This is great news as some of these titles are packing some great co op gems . As we are on about the titles . The line up is just brilliant and is pre-installed with 21 classic titles.
SNES Classic Mini titles
- 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
The titles that stand out for me personally are as follows : Earth Bound , FF III (FF VI , UK and Jap ) Secrets of Mana , Super Mario RPG and the never before released title Star Fox 2 . Star Fox 2 was never commercially released but has been considered a complete game that has been floating about on the internet for many years as a rom file that you can run through emulation. As being a collector or gamer you can finally get these games at a more realistic price officially and a simple method of setting up the console to your HD TV in up scaled 1080p clarity.
To ask myself if i’m looking forward to this is quite tricky as from the history of the micro NES being impossible to get a hold of due to lack of support from Nintendo and Scalpers buying in bulk ,then selling them at over triple the price . This makes it impossible to justify spending that much on one of these . Also to take to consideration ,is if your a Switch owner you may be thinking perhaps it will be getting a version of the Wii’s Virtual Console store, where players could download these classic Nintendo titles and play on the go .
With the use of a cartridge bay and a method to update the software and library will be a totally be sell point for me. But this seems not to be so at the moment.
Still i think this is a great idea to pull in new people to show them how great the system and games are . Again the library is just brill and i highly recommend getting one . I know every gamer will love to get there hands on one . I just hope they just stock up well this time and prevent scalpers by capping the shopping kart count per customer.
(UPDATE ) Argos have already sold out.