Nintendo seems to have found an easy way to print their own money. The fallout from their decisions will rock society as we know it. Just yesterday the company announced they were going to be releasing a SNES classic later this year, and people are going crazy. It is everything the NES Classic was but better.
People were so desperate to get a NES mini when they were selling they would've tied a rope to their own child and hurled them over crowds if they thought it might work. Nintendo is clearly aware of that, and is now taking the next step and coming out with the SNES classic while making improvements in nearly every way while still delivering on all of that nostalgia.
What makes the SNES Classic better? Well, it looks like a SNES, but smaller which is no surprise, but that doesn't make it any better than the NES. It does however have HDMI output and come out of the box with two controllers. The controllers are also five feet long compared to the NES Classic's sorry three feet. Of course, what really makes this system absolutely the best is the games, including Star Fox 2, which has never been released before.
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy III
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Course
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox 2
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts Super
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World
Every game on the list is arguably one of the greatest of the time in its genre, and has aged well (except for the menu system in secret of mana that'll drive you crazy). No doubt every single game listed is a classic, except for the one that didn't get released. Star Fox 2 is a bit of an unknown. Also, in case you're confused the Final Fantasy is also known as Final Fantasy VI, and is seen by some as the greatest Final Fantasy game of all time. I'm sure many of you can't wait to dig your teeth into the unreleased Star Fox 2, but Nintendo explained in their press release that the game is locked on the system until you beat at least the first level of Star Fox.
So, how much will a SNES Classic set you back? The pricing for the United States is sitting at $80, and in the UK it is at £80. Nintendo also mentioned that it will start selling the consoles on September 29, 2017 and plan to ship more out than they did of the NES Classic. However, they only plan to ship until the end of the 2017 calendar year. They didn't say they wouldn't ship past then, just that they didn't have plans to, but knowing Nintendo that pretty much means they aren't shipping into 2018.
We all know it's coming this time. You'd think we would be ready, but we won't be. Things are going to be brutal. If you can find somewhere to pre-order it, do it now. If you think you might want it, that means you do, and you better sign up to get one before you have to start tying a rope around your nephew because you don't have any kids yourself. Or I could be wrong, and no one will care because the system is just over a quarter of the price of a brand new Switch, and you can get most of these games legally other ways for much cheaper. Then again, they said the exact same thing about the NES Classic. What do you think? Is this pandemonium waiting to happen? Tweet me your thoughts @spencerhavens.