Nintendo’s SNES Classic to Launch This Week

An icon of 90s gaming is making a late comeback. After the success of the NES Classic, which was released last year, Nintendo is preparing to release its SNES Classic in the United States, UK and Japan later this month.

The SNES Classic will retail for $80 (approximately £60) and comes onto the market on the 29th of September. The console will launch with a diverse selection of popular SNES games, creating a chance for players that were too young to enjoy the original console to “catch up.”

It also comes with several unreleased games developed by Nintendo in the early 1990s, such as Star Fox 2. The game, which was held back from release upon completion, never received an official release from Nintendo.

The full list of games available on the SNES Classic includes:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Earthbound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby Super Star
  • 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
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Yoshi’s Island

In other words, it’s a who’s who of classic Nintendo games that includes some of the most highly rated games from the early 1990s. Since the SNES Classic is designed for HDTVs, many of the classic games can be played without the usual display and compatibility issues.

As you’d expect, control is provided by a pair of wired SNES controllers that mimic the design of the classic early 90s control pads. Unlike the original SNES, there are no cartridges — this time, games are managed from the console’s built-in home menu.

Whether you’re a younger gamer looking to catch up on classic 90s games or an older gamer in the mood for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the SNES Classic definitely deserves a place on your “to buy” list.

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