Nintendo officially announces the new SNES Classic Edition mini console

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(Update 8/1 12:40pm):

  • Nintendo has officially confirmed that pre-orders for the SNES Classic Edition will go live at “various retailers later this month”. The company also added that a “significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores on launch day” and “throughout the calendar year”.
  • We are starting to see pre-order listings appear at AmazonWalmart and Best Buy for the SNES Classic. Although they are not live, be sure to bookmark these pages and get ready for pre-orders to begin. Chances are this thing is gonna constantly sell out and come back in stock even before it releases.
  • Don’t worry Nintendo is extending the length of the cords on the SNES Edition’s 2 included controllers. While still not ideal, the new 5-foot cables are a welcomed addition. That’s about 2-feet longer than the disastrous cords on the NES Edition mini.
  • According to a statement from Nintendo (down below), the company does intend to produce more SNES Editions than it did for the NES Edition. It will ship the units from September 29th until the end of the calendar year, with it has no announcements for anything beyond that.
  • Head below for a look at the European version of the new Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Back in April rumors began to surface online about the existence of the fabled SNES Classic Edition. Nintendo officially announced that it would cease production on the NES Classic Mini, suggesting that it would become even more impossible to ever get your hands one than it already was. However, a report from Eurogamer hinted that not all was lost, as Nintendo was reportedly already deep in development on what would become the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Mini Edition. At the time, it seemed to good to be true even with some of the setbacks the orignal re-release suffered including tiny wired controllers and a fixed number of built-in games. But none of that matters now, Nintendo has officially announced the new SNES Classic Edition.

As we have suggested before, the SNES era, while maybe not quite as nostalgic and iconic as its predecessor, has an even better lineup of games. Nintendo will be shipping the new mini system with 21 titles, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, but you’ll apparently have to beat the first level of the Star Fox to play it (more details coming on that).

Even for super fans who have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game will offer them something entirely new to enjoy – if they can unlock it by proving their skills in the original Star Fox game.

Here is the full lineup of games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars™
  • Donkey Kong Country™
  • EarthBound™
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO™
  • 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 ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart™
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
  • Super Mario World™
  • Super Metroid™
  • Super Punch-Out!! ™
  • Yoshi’s Island™

Nintendo is still be quite stingy with the details right now, but we do know it will hit store shelves for $79.99 on September 29th. It will ship with an HDMI cable, a charging cable, two SNES controllers but no details on cord length there just yet.

Hopefully Nintendo learned its lesson from last time around and actually puts a decent number of units out in the wild. Here’s a statement from Nintendo on the matter via Kotaku:

We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.

Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system


(Update): Well, we know have an official look at the awesome European version of the new SNES Classic Mini:

It is essentially identical outside of the visual aesthetics. Some reports are also suggesting it won’t ship with an AC adapter from some strange reason. The design is reminiscent of the original Super Nintendo that released in Japan and Europe.

We will update this post as more details come available from Nintendo. In the meantime here is the tweet directly from the company:

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