Nintendo: SNES Classic Mini will go on sale 29 September

Unlike the Switch, which boasts HD graphics and plays the latest video games, the new system will be a re-release of the classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) - with a few minor tweaks. The company officially announced the release of the SNES Classic Edition, which is set for release on September 29. Whilst the SNES Classic's library is significantly smaller than its predecessor's, which had 30 games, it's arguably stronger, with nearly every single game a blockbuster of its day, including some of the best games Nintendo has ever made, like Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. There are also two of the aforementioned Star Fox games and two Kirby games, "Kirby Super Star" and "Kirby's Dream Course". However the Super Nintendo Entertainment System added that, "the Super NES Classic Edition is now planned to ship from Sept.29 until the end of year 2017". The SNES Classic Edition will contain 21 games, including "Super Mario World" and "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past". The design for each region is different and based on the design of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that was released there.

If there was a common complaint about the NES Classic Edition that wasn't aimed at how overwhelming consumer demand had led to stock shortages, it was that the controller cords were too short. Cuthbert says, "I hope people don't think they cleared the game with just one playthrough!"

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What other games will be part of the mini-SNES?

Already gamers are rushing to pre-order the SNES Mini for fear of the same. The system still has a great price point of only $79.99, which is $20 more than the NES Classic.

Cuthbert also programmed the first Star Fox, which was released in 1993 to critical acclaim, partially due to the game's 3D-esque graphics, which were revolutionary at the time. As most smartphones these days include USB adapters, the SNES Classic Edition would likely work with one of these.

  • Regina Walsh