After the incredible success of its miniature, remade NES console, Nintendo has announced a follow-up; this time based on the much-loved Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES for short.
A Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES will be available later this year and we'll be queuing for one, that's for sure.
Here's everything we know about the machine and a list of the confirmed games that will come pre-installed. We'll also update you when pre-orders go live.
SNES Classic Mini: The background
Nintendo released a miniature version of its first household games console in November last year and it sold out almost immediately. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom in Japan) was priced at £50 in the UK and came with 30 Nintendo games pre-installed. An included controller, shaped like the one that came with the 80s original, was included in the box and an optional second could be added for two-player games.
Apart from its size, the NES Classic Mini also included an HDMI port to connect it to a TV and clever picture upscaling technologies to ensure the 8-bit games looked good, even when expanded to fit a 55-inch or more.
Unfortunately, because it was extremely popular, gamers who didn't manage to pre-order one prior to release were unlikely to get one for the original price. They still fetch anywhere up to £250 each on reseller sites such as eBay - five times the original retail price. Nintendo has also confirmed that it has no plans to manufacture new units in any territory.
That was more than likely because it is concentrating on a sequel instead. Like the NES was followed by the SNES in the early 90s, so too will the Classic Mini version.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES Classic Mini for short, will be a smaller, self-contained version of one of the greatest games consoles of all time. It'll come with 21 games pre-installed including, for the first time, the previously un-released Star Fox 2.
The European version looks like the EU SNES released in the 90s. while the US and Japanese versions will also ape their regional variants.
All versions come with two wired controllers.
SNES Classic Mini: Release date
Although it was expected that we'd hear about the SNES Classic Mini at E3 2017, Nintendo waited a couple of weeks after the show finished to officially announce the new machine.
The SNES Classic Mini will be available in UK and US from 29 September 2017.
SNES Classic Mini: Pre-order details
Some retailers started taking pre-orders on the evening of the announcement, Monday 26 June. However, with stock levels currently unknown, they soon "sold out". It's worth checking though just in case they relist.
Then Nintendo opened its own pre-orders on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 June, at Nintendo.co.uk. However, even though only one unit per customer could be ordered it sold out in minutes. You can still check the site though in case more stock is allocated.
The US Nintendo website states that "retailer info" is "coming soon".
SNES Classic Mini: Price
The confirmed UK price of the SNES Classic Mini is £69.99, as listed on Nintendo's own store. It is priced at $79.99 in the States. Both of them are a little more expensive than the NES Mini last year.
The extra cost (over the NES Classic Mini, which was £49.99 at launch) is due to two controllers being bundled with the system this time around. You had to buy a second separately for the NES Classic Mini.
SNES Classic Mini: Games list
The NES Classic Mini featured 30 games (although you could add more by hacking the machine), all accessible through a smart, easy-to-use scrollable menu system. You could also pause a game, return to the menu and pick it up again later.
The SNES Classic Mini will feature 21 games. As previously stated, Star Fox 2 has never been released before.
Here is a complete list including extra details on some of our favourites:
- 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 games highlights...
Super Mario World
The crown jewel in the Super Nintendo era, Super Mario World was the 2D platformer that set a very high bar few others managed to match. For many, it was the game that convinced them to buy a SNES over the rival Sega Mega Drive.
Super Mario Kart
Changed co-operative racing forever. The original Super Mario Kart still holds its own today as a party game guaranteed to cause a giggle or two.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
As top-down RPGs go, A Link to the Past is one of the very best. It might ot have the fancy graphics of the Switch masterpiece of today, but it retains the spirit and scope.
A sideways-scrolling shooter/platformer of the highest quality. It's often been included in lists of the greatest games of all-time.
Donkey Kong Country
Rare's attempt at a 2D platformer feels very different to the Mario games. It uses more chunky, clay-like characters and some clever gameplay tropes to deliver something fresh and fiendishly difficult.
Sometimes called Super Mario World 2 but isn't really - it's actually a prequel to the SNES Mario classic. It also features a baby Mario riding on the back of his dinosaur chum Yoshi.
To be honest, we never really liked F-Zero that much but as a forerunner to WipEout and games like it, this needs to be included.
Graphically impressive and complex for its time, this 3D space shooter is still our favourite Star Fox game ever.