By: Johnny Big Fudge Marcondes
Nintendo has finally announced something fans have been longing for ever since they released the NES Classic, and that is the SNES Classic (Super Nintendo). Launching this September on the 29th for $80 Nintendo continues to try to dig into nostalgia to draw in old fans all the while introducing new and younger gamers to instant classics. The SNES is arguably one of the best console systems of all time having not only some of the best AAA from Nintendo under it’s belt but also for having one of the most diverse catalog in gaming history. The SNES is easily home to some of the greatest games in the industry and is my personal favorite console to date. Like many gamers around my age, growing up the NES was the introduction to gaming and the SNES was what cemented us as gamers. With games like The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Mega Man X and more it’s easy to see why so many people love this console, the only real downside of these “Classic” plug and play Nintendo releases is that while fans love the concept Nintendo just doesn’t support it. Both the NES Classic and the SNES Classic are catered to gamers who have grown up with these systems and remember them fondly, and they’re being catered to the younger generation who love retro things. While this isn’t a bad thing, Nintendo has proven in the past to take it lightly and sold out their entire stock of the plug and play console as soon as it hit stores. When it comes to business it’s fantastic as it was one of their most profitable launches, what concerns many is that SNES Classic may fall victim to the same immediate attention and sell out just as quick.
When Nintendo launched the NES Classic it seemed like they weren’t expecting as much demand for the console as they initially thought which left a lot of people baffled. Retro games, consoles and overall items are very high in demand at the moment and there isn’t quite anything like nostalgic pandering to get someone to buy something. Nintendo knew this which is why they created these simple preloaded plug and play consoles. Knowing that Nintendo was still completely side swiped by demand and promised to produce more post launch which was never really in motion. If Nintendo wants to keep making these plug and play Classic systems then they’re gonna need to meet the demand. Putting out a statement saying they will no longer be producing that Classic model after they sell out will be tolerated by fans anymore especially after the NES Classic incident. The SNES is one of the most recognized and beloved consoles to ever be released by Nintendo, knowing this I hope they produce more of them than they did for the NES Classic. A lot of fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth after the launch of their first Classic console release which can hurt the company in the long run especially since Nintendo prides them self of being fan loyal. Now on to the important details, here is the full list of games that will be featured on the SNES Classic:
1)Contra III: The Alien Wars
2)Donkey Kong Country
4)Final Fantasy III
6)Kirby Super Star
7)Kirby’s Dream Course
8)The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
9)Mega Man X
10)Secret of Mana
12)Star Fox 2
13)Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
14)Super Castlevania IV
15)Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
16)Super Mario Kart
17)Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
18)Super Mario World
Twenty one games for eighty dollars, not a bad deal and honestly the games Nintendo picked aren’t bad. They hit a lot of this big names and titles and incorporated more multiplayer games than the NES classic which is nice. Considering the SNES Classic launches with two controllers it makes sense, multiplayer games aside there are a good amount of single player games that are arguably the best of that gen included as well. Super Metroid, Mega Man X, Super Ghouls N Ghosts, Earthbound, Secret of Mana are just a few that stand out to me. Super Metroid is one of the best video games I have ever played growing up, from the gameplay to the story and the music everything about it is perfect, fans of Mega Man can rejoice knowing that X will be included which is great because believe it or not in many ways Mega Man X is a perfect game (more to come on that). One thing I will say about Nintendo is that they were really smart about the games they picked, they didn’t just go down the list of popular SNES games because a lot of them are missing, they wanted each game to be different and show numerous aspects of different genres that made the SNES so great. Secret of Mana and Earth Bound are both incredibly hard to track down and get a good price for collectors so including those two in the console are going to have a lot of people looking at this little plug and play.
The inclusion of Star Fox 2 is what makes this Classic really stand out, unlike the NES classic which had a great list of game it never felt like it was getting any special treatment as opposed to just being a high def plug and play. Star Fox 2 was never released for the SNES during the consoles initial run and to see it appear here of all places is going to make the system an instant stand out. Sure there are more games I’d personally like to see on an SNES classic like Pilot Wings, Zombies Ate My Neighbor and more but for eighty bucks getting twenty of the best games for the console and one exclusive title at high definition is worth it and then some. Nintendo better take care of the SNES Classic and it’s fan base by not giving up production on it long after it sells out because anyone who’s remotely into video games knows that the SNES is one of the most popular consoles of all time. We’ll have a full review on this little plug and play come September when it launches so make sure you come back to check out our breakdown and review of the system!