Super NES Classic Edition Confirmed for Sept 29 Release Date: Is It a Good Deal?

By Josef Bell, | June 26, 2017

Super NES Classic Edition Confirmed for Sept 29 Release Date: Is It a Good Deal?

Super NES Classic Edition Confirmed for Sept 29 Release Date: Is It a Good Deal?

So the rumors are correct after all. Nintendo has officially announced the imminent release of the Super NES Classic Edition, which is set for a global release date starting on September 29. The package will come with 21 built-in games and will sell for $80, which seems like a good deal.

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But would-be buyers will need to consider that the retro console, like the NES Classic Edition that was issued in 2016, has many limitations and obviously the first to be noticed is the restricted number of game titles available. As mentioned, only 21 games can be played and there is no way the content can be expanded unless users can hack into the system (which what happened with the NES Classic release).

Also, the SNES asking price seems justified but when the alternatives currently available on the market are given a closer look the upcoming console will prove overpriced. For instance, the Hyperkin RetroN 2 that Amazon sells right now only asks for less than $50 yet the console is able to play both NES and SNES game titles. And the Hyperkin is ready to ship now while buyers will need to wait a couple of months before getting their hands on the SNES.

Another thing to consider, the 21 game titles packed with the SNES and listed below will certainly lead to hours of fun time:

  • 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

However, BGR said it was unfortunate Nintendo skipped on a handful of titles that in many cases deserve a slot on the SNES release. And they are:

  • ActRaiser
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • NBA Jam
  • Pilotwings
  • Super Bomberman
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Star Wars
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

All considered though and for sentimental reasons, the SNES is not a bad purchase decision at all especially for gamers looking to relive the past with the authentic Nintendo touch. And the console will prove even more a compelling as Polygon said in a report that Nintendo intends to sell the product on limited time and quantity.

"Don't assume that the SNES Classic hype will eventually die down, and that the system will be readily available at some point. Nintendo will probably end production well before then, so if an opportunity to buy one comes your way, don't pass it up," the report said.


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