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Nintendo SNES Classic Mini revealed, available from 29 Sept

by Mark Tyson on 26 June 2017, 18:46

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Nintendo has revealed the Classic Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). This compact console will play many of your favourite games from the 16-bit era and it comes with a surprise bonus - Star Fox 2. This game is the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game "that was created during the Super NES era but never released…anywhere!"

The Nintendo Classic Mini SNES is, as you would expect, a small HDMI connected console that comes with a smattering of classic SNES games built-in, a pair of SNES classic controllers, and a USB cable with which to power the console (you must supply your own USB charging plug). It's basically a repeat of the discontinued Classic Mini NES but with your 16-bit Nintendo favourites pre-installed.

The pre-installed games list is all-important as these mini consoles don't sport cartridge slots. So without further ado, here's the list for the European version of the console:

  1. Contra III The Alien Wars
  2. Donkey Kong Country
  3. EarthBound
  5. F-ZERO
  6. Kirby Super Star
  7. Kirby's Dream Course
  8. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  9. Mega Man™ X
  10. SECRET of MANA®
  11. Star Fox
  12. Star Fox 2
  13. Street Fighter™ II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  14. Super Castlevania IV
  15. Super Ghouls'n Ghosts™
  16. Super Mario Kart
  17. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  18. Super Mario World
  19. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  20. Super Metroid
  21. Super Punch-Out!!

I'm not sure if the US game list is exactly the same as the EUro one but it seems to be. Whatever the case, Nintendo says the games on these consoles are all NTSC 60Hz versions.

While two controllers are provided in the box, Nintendo says your old Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro accessories can be used if you still have them. Having a pair of controllers in the box is great for all the multiplayer titles.

It didn't take long for hackers to find a way to shovel more games on the NES Classic Mini, so if you are bitterly disappointed by the launch lineup of titles there's some hope you might be able to tweak it, though such a hack would likely invalidate your warranty and various copyright laws so couldn't be recommended.

At an MSRP of $79.99 in the US this is likely to be £79.99 in UK stores unless something drastic happens to the pound, either way, before the end of September.

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It's confirmed elsewhere: the UK gets the PAL hardware design, with the US game list (e.g. Contra 3, not Super Probotector)
Images of European console version:

The European version is so much better looking than the north american version.
The European version was modeled on the original Japanese Super Famicom. Agreed, the US version is ugly by comparison.
Here's the Japanese press release. The machine selling in Japan will have a slightly different games list, with titles like Panel de Pon, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, and Super Soccer.