We knew this was coming.
Today Nintendo announced the SNES Classic Edition for both North America and Europe. Available September 29th, the miniaturized console will come equipped with 21 games, including the never-before-released Star Fox 2. Quick history lesson: Star Fox 2 was essentially complete and in final beta, but was cancelled by Nintendo to avoid taking focus away from the then-upcoming Nintendo 64. The final beta was eventually leaked online, cleaned up and translated by fans, but this will be the first time we get the complete version.
For horror gamers, there are four classic games that are sure to satisfy: Nintendo’s own Super Metroid, Capcom’s Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, and Konami’s Super Castlevania IV and Contra III: The Alien Wars. All four are classic examples of the 16-bit era: Great graphics and music, with often punishing difficulty. Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts frustrated the hell out of me as a kid, but it was so damn fun to play. The same can be said of Castlevania IV, which in my opinion has one of the best soundtracks of any game from that era. Meanwhile, Contra III and Super Metroid are about as close as you could get to having Aliens on your SNES (apart from Alien 3 or Aliens Vs. Predator, but that’s a different story).
The console will come with two corded controllers (which are now five feet in length instead of the three feet on the NES Classic), an HDMI cable, and a USB charger for the console itself. Nintendo also stated that they hope to resolve the production issues that were a problem with the now-cancelled NES Classic. But given the expected demand, who knows how far that will go? And I’m not the only one who wishes certain other games were included (where’s Chrono Trigger or Zombies Ate My Neighbours?). Still, many of the original carts are now going for collector prices on eBay, so this is probably the easiest way to play these classics.
Here’s the full list of games included:
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III aka Final Fantasy VI
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- 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
- 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!!
- Super Mario World II: Yoshi’s Island