We, as well as many others, have speculated that an SNES Classic Mini would eventually follow after the NES Classic Edition. So it looks like Nintendo is finally going to produce and release the Super NES Classic Edition in the final quarter of the year (the launch date is said to take place on the 29th of September).
The Super NES Classic will be designed after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in a small-scale, similar to the NES Mini’s design and scale approach. On release, the SNES Mini will come with an HDMI cable, USB Power Cord (AC adapter may not be included), and two wired Super NES Classic Controllers (where the previous Mini had the one) for the few multiplayer games on it. It will also be compatible with Nintendo’s Classic Controllers and Classic Controller Pro. The system will be in short supply, but Nintendo will produce a few more than what the NES Classic had.
The Super NES Classic will be available September 29, 2017 with the following 21 games (I still don’t get how Nintendo could leave out “Chrono Trigger” from the list… – Robin):
– Super Mario World
– Super Mario Kart
– The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
– Super Metroid
– Star Fox
– Star Fox 2
– Street Fighter II Turbo
– Super Punch-Out
– Castlevania IV
– Donkey Kong Country
– Mega Max X
– Kirby Super Star
– Kirby’s Dream Course
– Yoshi’s Island
– Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
– Contra III
– Secret of Mana
– Super Ghouls n Ghosts
– Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI)
Now let’s get into something you may have read earlier or just noticed from this listing. “Star Fox 2”, a Super Nintendo game that has been canceled when it was about 95% complete, is going to be one of the games for this Classic Edition. However, you can’t play it right away; for some strange reason, you have to beat the first level on “Star Fox” to unlock it. Bizarre methods aside it’s finally getting an “official release.”
Dylan Cuthbert, an important programmer for “Star Fox 2” and founder and president of Q-Games, has a keen interest in the Star Fox franchise, which allowed him to work with Nintendo on developing “Star Fox Command” (a personal favorite of mine) and “Star Fox 64 3D”. So I (with many others) are very happy and excited to see that the game which Cuthbert had worked so hard on is finally seeing its debut from Nintendo.
That’s great news of course. However, there have been some concerns whether or not the SNES Mini will have an incomplete version of “Star Fox 2”. However, according to Cuthbert, a fully complete Japanese ROM of “Star Fox 2” does exist. He even received it from Nintendo and played the ROM while “Star Fox Command” was in development. Nintendo will most likely have this complete ROM, fully translated, packaged in with the Super NES Classic.
Even so, now this leaves a question with myself and maybe a few others: will it finally come to a Nintendo system as a Virtual Console? I can tell you right away what the answer may be: absolutely NOT before the Super NES Mini’s release. I believe that Nintendo, as a company, will no doubt put off a VC of “Star Fox 2” until well after they ride the SNES Classic’s sales. For the future, it is a possibility. It’s coming out this year, despite being preloaded on a limited quantity system, and if they can bring us “Earthbound Beginnings” (the NES title that “Earthbound” is a sequel to), then they may do the same. Just give them another five or ten years.
And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Are you planning on getting a Super SNES Classic Edition or are you going to wait for someone to crack the code for “Star Fox 2”? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
The Nintendo Sweden SNES classic mini press release:
Nintendo Announces Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The miniversion of the 16-bit system will be launched on September 29 with 21 pre-installed games including the never-released Star Fox 2.
On September 29th, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the sequel to the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System, returns in a new petty-fit form when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System is released. Super Nintendo was released in Europe in 1992 and introduced games that many would consider to be some of the best games ever released, with classic Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F -Zero. Nintendo Classic Mini: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System includes 21 preinstalled classic games that can easily be played by plugging the device into an HD TV using the included HDMI cable. For the first time, players will be able to reboot the system and enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally called Starwing when released in Europe) made during the Super Nintendo era but never released … somewhere!
Nintendo Classic Mini: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System has the same look and feel as the original system – but is much smaller – and comes loaded with 21 classic games.
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 A Ghosts®
Super Mario Kart ™
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars ™
Super Mario World ™
Super Metroid ™
Super Punch-Out !! ™
Yoshi’s Island ™
All of these games could be classified as real classics according to different standards, but especially some of the titles – Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy III, Earth Bound and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – are all massive roleplay titles that take dozens of hours to cope .
There is something brand new even for super fans who have already played all these games, namely the never-released game Star Fox 2 (players must first prove their skills by finishing the first Star Fox race before the Star Fox 2 unlock).
Included in the Nintendo Classic Mini carton: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System includes an HDMI cable, a USB power cord *, and two threaded Super Nintendo Classic hand controls – perfect for players to dive into multiplayer games directly. Some of the games that support multiplayer support include Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Mario Kart, Contra III: The Alien Wars and the Secret of Mana.
Re-enter the 90’s and relive some timeless classics when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System is released in Europe on September 29th.
* Note that an AC adapter for USB cables is required to start the system, but it is not included in the carton.
Want to know more about the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System please visit https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Misc-/Nintendo-Classic-Mini-Super-Nintendo-Entertainment-System/Nintendo-Classic-Mini-Super-Nintendo-Entertainment-System-1238330.html.
Robin Ek – Editor
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
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