It’s time to get your nostalgia on.
Yesterday, Nintendo surprised everyone (why wasn’t this at E3?) with the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition. Much like the highly successful NES Classic Edition that was released last year, this is a miniature version of the SNES that contains 21 classic games from the original console. The games list includes Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Super Metroid and many others. The biggest surprise on the games list however, is the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. Star Fox 2 was originally slated to be released in the summer of 1995 but was cancelled at the last minute and has only resurfaced in the last couple years in the form of a ROM. You can check out the full games list on Nintendo’s website.
The announcement of the SNES Classic Edition sort of helps answer the confusion that followed the cancellation of the NES Classic Edition a couple months ago. The NES Classic Edition was wildly successful and Nintendo abruptly cancelled it for seemingly no logical reason. By cancelling the NES Classic this quickly, you’ve just teased your target audience and created a frenzy that you can double up on with the SNES Classic just a year later. If you really wanted to get your hands on the NES Classic but couldn’t, you now have an opportunity to do so with the SNES Classic. Now I would argue that both systems would have been in high demand regardless of the approach, but I can at least understand the strategy to the way they’re doing it.
There are a lot of great games on the SNES Classic Edition and it’s going to be an excellent purchase, much like the NES Classic Edition was last year. There’s absolutely no doubting the value that you’ll get out of this console. The downside here is that, obviously, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to get your hands on. So get your ass down to Gamestop or wherever and see if you can get a preorder on this thing, if it’s not already sold out.