SNES Classic Edition Announced, Launches September 29

In a somewhat predictable move, Nintendo has announced the SNES Classic Edition.

The new throwback re-release is set for a September 29th launch in North America and Europe. The console includes Super Mario World, Earthbound, Star Fox 2, as well as eighteen other games.

Here’s the full list 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

Here’s a brief synopsis of the hardware, via Nintendo:

The mini system, which contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. And for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox game that was created during the Super NES era but never released … anywhere!

The SNES Classic Edition will set you back $79.99 when it launches.

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  • Einherjar

    Ok, not gonna lie, Star Fox 2 as an official release is a strong argument, the overall library is OK but feels highly incomplete (as the NES one did as well).

  • Offendatron_5000

    Worth it just for Earthbound and Star Fox 2. Strong list of titles on there, if short. Was hoping they would just go straight to a $100 price tag and a few more titles though.

  • Captain Vidya

    Gee, I hope I’ll be able to actually find on this time.

  • “Aaaaand sold out. Okay, no more SNESs, folks – we’re allergic to money!”

    – Nintendo in two months after launch

  • Mr0303

    This is honestly a surprise. I thought they discontinued the NES Classic so that they can push the Virtual store on the Switch, so a SNES classic wouldn’t make sense in that context, but apparently I was wrong. Nintendo works in mysterious ways.

  • Ruggarell

    >Discontinues the next month

  • wombat

    Just DKC1? The whole series should be on there. Not sure why they limited themselves to only 21 games.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    That selection of games is stellar. It’s literally every single greatest hit that released in the West back in the day~.

  • Dale Frewaldt

    At least this doesn’t feel like half of it’s library are filler titles. It could use more games, but the ones it has are great games.

    At the end of the day, it’s just an emulator, though.

  • Migi

    Nintendo and Scalpers go hand in hand at being scumbags!

  • Einherjar

    Absolutely agreed !
    For me, the biggest issue is just these incomplete series’, like only featuring MMX etc.
    But that’s just my inner completionist rambling.
    The library offered is more than stellar and yes, at the end of the day, nothing a Raspberry Pi can’t offer as well.
    And its only a matter of time some crafty folks will dump the Starfox 2 ROM off of this machine, given Nintendo isn’t simply using the fan patched ROM in the first place ^^

  • alterku

    A few of those are some of my favorite games of all time. Kind of a shame they couldn’t get Chrono Trigger too, but it’s available on the DS with a better translation so not a big loss. I know you can emulate most of these without issue, but still. This might be real bad for my wallet…

  • Audie Bakerson

    Official Star Fox 2 is interesting, otherwise meh.

    Wonder if they’ll eventually do a GBA Micro esqe GB Classic.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Well, that looks good

  • NukeA6

    Really tempted to get this one since the SNES is my favorite console of all time. Strange they have Final Fantasy “III” instead of Chrono Trigger but I already got the latter on the DS so I guess that’s fine.

  • giygas

    Emulators. ‘Nuff said.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Star Fox 2? Holy shit.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    *two days

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I can’t wait for them to manufacture fourteen of them and then pretend they’re having shipping issues before just saying “nah, we’re done making them, sorry literally everyone but scalpers.”

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I pretty much have everything worth owning from this list on my Wii, so I’m basically paying $79.99 to play StarFox 2 lol

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I will bet you literally anything it’s just the same ROM already floating online (that they downloaded somewhere instead of already having internally) instead of an actual finished version or something.

  • InkViper

    Star Fox 2! well better late than never.

  • sAy_YaS

    Excited but not getting my hopes up as Nintendo has issues with supply and demand.

  • Bitterbear

    GameStop scalpers employees be like I can finally afford to buy meat!

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Apparently the lead designer has a finished version, so he probably let Nintendo use that one.

  • Bitterbear

    Now now. For those who work at GameStop, scalping these consoles at sites like Ebay and Amazon means that they can finally afford a trip to the doctor.

  • totenglocke

    And they’ll make precisely 1,000 worldwide before ending production. Fuck off, Nintendo.

  • Migi

    That might be true, But that doesn’t excuse Nintendo for making these scalpers possible by forcing ppl to do day1 pre-order or else they can get stuffed!

  • Josh

    Hmm, not the best selection of games, but hopefully it will be moddable like the last one so that you can fill it with your games.

    Still though, a finally completed rom of Star Fox 2, holy shit.

  • totenglocke

    I’m just going to build my sister a raspberry pi emulation system. It’ll cost the same as this once you add a good controller, yet it will play far more games for more systems.

  • Josh

    Good for you.

  • Josh

    Seriously though, this list is kind of disappointing other than Star Fox 2.

    No Street Fighter? No TMNT games? No Earthworm Jim? Just one DKC game? Come on Nintendo, you can do better than this.

  • Einherjar

    Well, it wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo got their own stuff off of ROM sites :P

  • NukeA6

    You missed Street Fighter 2 Turbo. Also the Earthworm Jim games were better on the Genesis.

  • Josh

    I find the game selection disappointing. There’s a million games that are much more worthwhile to be on this list than fucking Earthbound.

    Where are the TMNT games? Where’s Street Fighter? Where are the rest of the DKC games? Where’s Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Mystical Ninja, Gradius, R-Type III, Pocky & Rocky… the list goes on.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    That’s a really good line up.

  • Josh

    I said Street Fighter at the very start.

    Maybe the first EWJ was better on Genesis but Earthworm Jim 2 was definitely better on SNES.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    You get FFIII (aka FFVI) which is one of the, if not the, best JRPG that came out of the 16 bits era; at least in the West. Contra III, Super Castlevania IV, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter II Turbo, Secret of Mana; dunno, to me those sounds like the iconic titles of the Snes~.

    DKC was the best, the other two didn’t get better. Earthworm Jim was good but not an exclusive which I am pretty sure is what this collection is getting at. The selection is about games that were exclusive to the Snes back in the day~.

  • Ruggarell

    They gotta sell them ROMs on the online store on Switch.

  • Josh

    I really don’t give a shit about Final Fantasy 3. I find JRPGS terribly boring.

    Yes, I see the game list in front of me, you don’t have to repeat it to me. It doesn’t make it any less disappointing and my point still stands about Street Fighter and many other iconic games being missing from this list. Hopefully it’s moddable like the last Classic was.

  • Josh

    I’ll take that bet. What will you give me when you lose? How about a few games off my steam wishlist?

  • wombat

    Sure but they’re not doing that.

  • KiTA

    Still sore I couldn’t get a NES Classic anywhere outside of scalper hell…. Will probably go put $5 down on this.

    Hoping it’s as easily hacked as the NES Classic, as it’s missing Ogre Battle, Dragon Quest 5 / 6, and Romancing SaGa.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    …Earthworm Jim is not iconic in the least. Same goes for Pocky & Rocky and nearly all other games you mentioned aside from Turtles in time. So I guess this boils down to the fact it doesn’t have the games you enjoy which are not iconic at all~.

  • JoshuaBoudreaux

    learn what Limited edition is

  • JoshuaBoudreaux

    learn what a limited release item is

  • Travis Touchdown

    Hey look. Yet another Nintendo console that will outsell the PS4 this holiday.

  • CatCouch

    Everything is a limited edition with Nintendo!

  • The Clansman

    Yeah it will be a Netflix like subscription for classic games.

  • chocodino

    He meant that SF2 IS on the list of games that the SNES Classic includes.

  • chocodino

    realistically speaking, that novelty will die off just some hours after the release, because the ROM will be uploaded to the internet………..

  • DrearierSpider
  • NukeA6

    I don’t see limited edition anywhere. This isn’t something like Metroid Prime Trilogy; this is Nintendo having the worst supply & demand in the gaming industry. They’ve been doing this since the Wii.

  • Don’t forget Chrono Trigger

  • Josh

    Oh, right. I guess I missed it. Stupid me.

  • Josh

    Oh, Earthworm Jim’s not iconic, I guess that’s why he had comic books, a cartoon series, action figures and several sequels and updated ports, right? Because he’s NOT iconic? You don’t know what you’re talking about fool.

    Pocky & Rocky may be an obscure title but it is also one of the better playing and more fun titles on the system.

  • Tubsiwub

    Y’all are happy about Star Fox 2, but none of you will be able to buy one from any store other than Ebay.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It’s funny how those games didn’t make it in but Castlevania did (though I guess for DQ 5 and 6 not leaving Japan it’s understandable).

  • InkViper

    I think us in the UK got a better deal LOL.

    https://twitter.com/NinEverything/status/879373723282944000

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Earthworm Jim iconic for the Snes? No. Definitely not. It was a quirky platformer, but not iconic for the system. Same goes for Mystical Ninja and Gradius. Especially when compared to the rank of FFIII, Secret of Mana, Super Metroid et al~.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    “Here’s your $80 emulator bro.”

  • Nagato

    No, there’s been zero indication that’s what they’re trying to do; so far we just know you’ll get instant access to a minimum of three games (two of which are shit so far), with no guarantee that stuff won’t be removed in a few months instead. The main product is the online service, with the games being a little freebie.

    “Netflix-like subscription” is what Xbox Game Pass and EA Access are offering: pay and instantly get access to a library of dozens of games, if not 100+.

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    Aww looks like your girlfriend’s boyfriend gave you posting privileges again that’s so sweet of him :)

  • RichardGristle

    Learn what an incompetent/full of shit company is.

  • RichardGristle

    That’s a godlike game lineup!

    Congrats to the 47 retail employees that manage to steal them before release.

  • DrearierSpider

    It’s one thing to offer a product for a limited time, it’s an entirely different thing to give major retailers 2 or 3 units after a month or more of not having stock. Nintendo, and your dumb ass for that matter, need to learn what supply and demand is.

  • I see that the Super NES Classic Edition is just about the right size for Amiibofags to insert up into their rectums every night before they go to sleep.

  • DrearierSpider

    No DKC 2 & 3, no Chrono Trigger, no Super Castlevania IV…

  • Just like what I said with the nes classic why would I buy these things when I can emulate them at better quality for free.

  • NukeA6

    Yeah, why spend $80 on an emulator when you can get it all for free on a PC?

  • Josh

    See, this comment just shows me that you’re just a stupid post-millennial who obviously wasn’t around for the heydey of the SNES. Yes, he DEFINITELY WAS iconic, and your comment just shows me that you weren’t around to see what a big deal he was in the 90s. Earthworm Jim was a very huge figurehead of western gaming icons back then and he was virtually a household name due to his media presence. I don’t really care that you got your opinions after the fact, probably by playing your parents’ consoles because you were born in the year 2000. All the kids in my school talked about him, his iconic status is without question and to challenge that just shows how ignorant you truly are. Just because in your mind these weeaboo trash games were “better” doesn’t mean that there is an objective “rank” that they can be held to since they’re very different games that can’t be compared. That’s the beauty of the SNES, it would’ve been nice if you were actually around for it when it was new.

    I find your comment about Gradius not being on that level equally laughable. Gradius is perhaps the most iconic SHMUP series of all time, it’s one of Konami’s proudest gaming achievements that shows up in just about everything they make. Your entire comment is drowning in pitiful ignorance.

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • Casey

    I can’t wait to not be able to buy it! I guess I’ll have to settle for my raspberry pi 3 which has all of this and lots more.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Except I’m 35 and I’ve been gaming since the days of C64? The fact you’ve to resort to straw man insults shows me you really don’t have arguments but then again, you are a person who admits they don’t care about FFIII / FFVI. I’d also like to point out you fail at reading comprehension, I said the franchises aren’t iconic for the Snes vs the ones that were included, not that they weren’t iconic on their own~.

    tl;dr; have fun nerdraging on disqus because the games you like aren’t important enough~?

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)

    >Nintendo console
    You mean this “limited shipment” of nostalgia. Also
    >outsell
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/907a45a4de656a968fafc81caab451744a625eb2c3e09e9d9cb307ca03cbe535.jpg

  • Matz

    Great, another piece of Nintendo hardware that I will never get to buy unless I pay triple the price on eBay

  • Arenegeth

    It already went out of stock on Amazon UK, haven’t checked elsewhere but if it hasn’t, it will by the end of the day, as the vultures rush to per-order them so they can flip them on day 1.

    Not that my interest in this thing, just like the previous NES one, extends beyond a collectable to own, if I want to play those games I’ll either emulate them on PC or play them on an actual SNES.

    Star Fox 2 is interesting, and sets a very good precedent for companies polishing and releasing nearly complete titles of the past that were never officially released (closest example from Nintendo would be the original Mother localization).

    But again, the game has been floating around for a long time now, don’t know how much content they added if any for this version, and I’m sure this version will get emulated too as soon as this thing is released.

    But the constant scarcity of Nintendo products started to really piss me off in general, there’s either an insider trading thing going on, were all that scalper money ends up back at Nintendo somehow, or their shareholders need to become aware of how much of a failure the company consistently is, in meeting the demand for its products.

  • Malcolm_Ecks
  • bdp

    >no Super Castlevania IV

    i’m sorry what?

  • OSad

    Nintendo perhaps see potential in releasing an updated version later with more games and a Japanese SNES controller instead for another dose of nostalgia kicks.

  • Finally a completed verison of Star Fox 2. So much things on my wishlist is happening this year.

  • I doubt that dude.

  • DrearierSpider

    Fuck, it was a long day today…

  • OldPalpy

    He only follows fake gaming news sites and only comes here for the comments so he can correct us “plebs”.

  • Nalferd

    Someone argued that this is a better deal than playing on emulators since it includes controllers. Lol.

  • LowLifeOcelot

    meh,I use emulator instead.

  • James Hewitson

    Australia here already preodered mine, get in quick boys and girls!

  • -blank-

    Uggghh there’s a lot of good games on there, but it’s going to be impossible to get. Thank goodness emulators still exist.

  • Fenrir007

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the NES Classic a console that played roms in native hardware? I was assuming this would be the same.

    I still prefer playing dem roms in bsnes, though.

  • Himegami Aisa

    lolno. The NES Classic was just a cheap Linux rig, although Nintendo obviously tried to hide that fact. All the marketing bullshit around it is just that.

  • SevTheBear

    SNES, my first gaming console. So many hours spent playing games on rainy days in my childhood ^_^

  • SevTheBear
  • SevTheBear

    Get them roms

  • Shattno

    They know exactly what supply and demand is, by supplying less than the demand they create a hype, it’s called marketing.

  • Shattno

    Yeah but if you go down that road you might as well build a emubox from a raspberry pi, will be cheaper too

  • Shattno

    No, it would be way to expensive to start up production of such an old CPU, much easier to just emulate

  • Shattno

    I think it’s this weird marketing thing, where they sell enough classics to create hype and boost the brand name, but not as many as to cannibalise the virtual store.
    It’s a Kyoto based company, nobody knows why they do what they do.

  • Mr0303

    That may be their tactic, but it’s a weird one for sure.

  • Himegami Aisa

    They create a hype and then do jack shit with it. Limiting the supply and completely discontinuing the product after demand far outpaces it is terrible business practice unless you’re up to something dodgy.

  • totenglocke

    The problem is that you won’t be buying it at all. If you could actually purchase one, I’d agree with you.

  • Shattno

    The hype helps push the entire brand, it keeps people talking about Nintendo. Discontinuing it is a way to keep it from cannibalising the virtual store. It’s a super weird strategy but Nintendo is a super weird company.

  • Himegami Aisa

    There’s logic in that but it still seems like a pretty suboptimal strategy. I guess you could say that they can’t really build on the NES Classic and that’s reflected in the design (no way to put more games on it). Don’t really think that’s much of a threat though when I suspect people would spend less time with it than a middle-aged woman with a Wii. I also don’t think cannibalising the virtual store is much of a concern when people are demonstrably fine with buying a game again and again if it’s more convenient or has a marginally nicer coat of paint.

  • Shattno

    I have no idea if it’s optimal or not, business strategy is a whole science of its own. But yeah, the Classic is a one time purchase, it doesn’t scale, ideally you want to keep selling more stuff.
    I think it’s cannibalizing the virtual store to some extent, some people probably won’t buy a game on the Virtual store because they already own it on the Classic. How many are these people? How many will double dip? How much money is involved? I don’t know.
    But I’m sure someone somewhere at Nintendo made some calculations, estimations and a nice PowerPoint, and the higher ups are making their decisions based on that. And for all I know these are the right decisions, I have no idea how to run a multinational multi billion dollar company. But I mean, they have gotten this far, so clearly something they are doing is working.

  • SevTheBear

    True. But the look of the little SNES is something special

  • Shattno

    Yeah absolutely, it’s definitely a collectable

  • Fenrir007

    Oh… then it’s crap.

  • Fenrir007

    Ah, then it’s better to just get a raspberry with retropie.

  • DizzyGear

    Why on earth would they use that fugly NA SNES instead of the JP/EU model?

  • Shattno

    That’s what I did :)

  • Kainevil Rc

    Who will buy it day one? Nintendo Fanboys. They buy ANYTHING, even if they don’t really need it.

  • Kainevil Rc

    You’d be surprised how many retards buy the same thing a hundred times. It’s basically what Crapcom has been doing over the last years.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Its sad because they don’t have much of a choice, it pisses me off knowing that my Wii and PS3 will eventually die with all the VC titles on them..

  • InfectedAI

    So did they finish Star Fox 2? If so then the rom will probably get dumped.

  • InfectedAI

    When did they do that? I vaguely remember it.

  • InfectedAI

    Is the quality on the NES classic poor?

  • InfectedAI

    Is it as fun if you make the trolling obvious? I thought the point was to make your comments believable so you piss people off.

  • InfectedAI

    How is it better?

  • InfectedAI

    Not to mention putting fan translated roms on it. Gundam, Megaten, etc.

  • InfectedAI

    How is the translation better? I just remember them changing the names of things so it would be more in line with the Final Fantasy games.

  • Einherjar

    Iirc, it was the SMB ROM on the Wii VC.
    When hackers dumped the ROM and dug a little into it, they found that the ROM had a specific Header found in early ROM dumps to make them compatible with certain emulators.

    Basically, making the ROM they sold commercially an illegal dump :P
    Not that big of a deal, since they are the license holder but a little embarrassing nonetheless.

  • InkViper

    Because the US gets the crappy box design with the purple colour scheme!

  • It won’t be as high as my PC can output.

  • alterku

    Censored gaming on YouTube has a really good video on the more egregious changes. Otherwise there’s less “culturalization” or translator bias in the way; stuff like Frog’s speech was normalized, though I personally didn’t mind that part.

  • Fenrir007

    With that and a GPD XD, you are set for retrogaming, no matter the occasion.

  • InfectedAI

    Reminds me of Ubisoft using scene cracks to get around their own DRM.

  • Einherjar

    Rainbow Six Vegas wasn’t it ?
    But yeah, pretty much.
    The irony of it all is still, that Nintendo is doing their best to shut these sites down, while using them themselves xD

  • InfectedAI

    That is ironic. Yeah it was RSV, but I think that’s not the only game they’ve done it with.

  • Einherjar

    It was the first they found out about. But yeah, its likely that they “pirated” other ROMs as well.