This past Friday (September 29th) Nintendo released its next console in their classic line, the Super NES Classic Edition system (SNES). In the fall of 2016 Nintendo released a brand new system to the public; well not new but a re-released Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The NES Classic sold out almost immediately, be it preorders or at retail store locations everywhere. It was estimated that 1.5 million systems sold before the end of 2016 and 2.3 million by April 2017. Does Nintendo have another hit with this latest release of a classic system from their long, storied history? Continue reading to find out!
Designed for modern televisions, the NES Classic has 30 built in original Nintendo games like Castlevania and Zelda. Being able to play these classic games in full HD via an HDMI cable and not having to blow into games to get them to work struck cords with gamers and nostalgia collections worldwide. Still to this day the NES Classic is very hard to find, early last year Nintendo announced that they would halt all production on the NES Classic system. Because of this announcement scalpers and resellers started asking upwards of $300 for it when they retailed for $60 originally. Thankfully Nintendo has recently come out and announced that they will be producing more for a on sale date of next Summer.
Just like the NES Classic, the SNES Classic comes with pre-installed games: 21 in total including a never released game Star Fox 2. It also is HDMI compatible and comes with two controllers. The games that come installed on this are some of the best games ever made by Nintendo including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy III and Super Castlevania IV. Tony Meyer and the gaming team at Dave & Adam’s were able to get their hands on a console last Friday and here are some of their initial thoughts.
Upon opening the SNES Classic the first reaction was just how small the console actually is; it really does fit in the palm of your hand and is super light. It has a flap in the front that comes down to reveal two controller ports for two player action. The controllers themselves are almost exact replicas of the original SNES controllers. After comparing to the original controllers there are some slight differences though. The L & R buttons are painted on the original but not on the new ones, also the buttons are more pronounced then glossy. One other item of note in relation to the controllers is the length of the cords themselves. The SNES Classic controller cable is roughly 4.5 feet long compared to the original which is 7.5 feet. Plugging the system in and getting started is quick and easy, the power switch is in the same location as the original and once you power it on you can select which game you want to play. As far as the games go what else can you say, these are 21 amazing titles, which being said there are a few games we would have loved to see included like Turtles in Time, ChronoTrigger and Mario Paint. The games play great, there are no lagging issues with the HDMI output at all and the graphics look fantastic. Overall the team’s favorite game to play on the system is Super Mario World, after all these years the game still holds up and plays great.
As a final score we give the Super NES Classic a 9.5/10 with the only flaws being the short controller cable and no Turtles in Time. We highly recommend going out to get one at your local retailer, even if you are a collector and have all of the original games. There is something to be said about having all 21 of these classics in one spot. Nintendo promised that there would be more units available then the NES Classic so if you can’t find one right away keep checking the stores, you will. In the mood for more classic video games? Visit our video game page and our SNES section now!