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The SNES Classic Edition is officially on its way. And it's landing in September of 2017 with a roster of 21 games. And that's including one never-before-released title.

On June 26th, Nintendo officially announced the SNES Classic Edition, releasing on September 29th. The console goes on sale for $79.99, and it comes with 21 titles. There's also a USB charging cable, an AC adapter, and an HDMI cable to hook up your console to an HD TV. Oh, and the system comes with a second controller too, so you can play multiplayer with you want to recreate any old sibling rivalries.

Of course, the Classic Edition releases with a ton of solid games. Here's the full line-up below:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • F-Zero
  • Super Metroid
  • Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Super Punch-Out
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Mega Man X
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Star Fox
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Secret of Mana
  • EarthBound
  • Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
  • And last but not least, Nintendo is releasing the SNES Classic Edition with Star Fox 2

As hardcore Star Fox fans know all too well, Star Fox 2 was originally planned for summer 1995, and was developed as a direct sequel to the original Star Fox. Due to concerns with releasing a 3D game on the SNES while the upcoming Nintendo 64 was on its way, Nintendo cancelled the game. But Japanese ROMs have surfaced over the years, along with a fan translation project so English-speaking fans could try the early versions of the game.

That seemed like the end for Star Fox 2. But in 2015, fans learned that there was a fully finished version of Star Fox 2 out there. And now, with the Super NES Classic Edition on the way, Nintendo is releasing an official English version of Star Fox 2 for players to finally experience and enjoy.

So yes. The SNES Classic Edition looks like a killer addition to any Nintendo fan's library. Especially if they're into Star Fox.

Fans Wonder If More SNES Games Are Coming

[Source: Nintendo]
[Source: Nintendo]

Nintendo's Classic Edition series is intended as an affordable, semi-portable way for players to experience classic gaming on iconic Nintendo consoles. The NES Classic Edition, which released with 30 NES games, landed with some of the most popular titles ever released on the console: from Metroid to Final Fantasy, the NES Classic Edition was an incredibly coveted item.

Now that production has ended, the console goes for well over $200 on eBay these days. It's still pretty popular to this day.

Obviously, the SNES Classic Edition is releasing with less games. There's only 21 this time around. And while the console is launching with some of the best SNES games from the system's history, there are still many releases that are missing. Chrono Trigger is off the list. So is Super Mario All-Stars. Super Bomberman, Mario Paint, and Harvest Moon are suspiciously missing, too. Some of the most iconic SNES games haven't made the cut, and fans are sure to be upset.

If staple games like Mario Paint and Chrono Trigger haven't made the cut, it begs the question whether Nintendo is bringing more titles to the SNES Classic Edition in the near future. Maybe there are a few announcements waiting in the wings? After all, you can't have an SNES without Mario Paint.

[Source: Nintendo]
[Source: Nintendo]

For now, it isn't likely that we'll see more games for the SNES Classic Edition. The console isn't intended as a replacement for Nintendo's Virtual Console eShop. Instead, it's simply an offline, easy-to-use system that comes pre-loaded with game ROMs. It's intended as an emulation of the original SNES experience, made for a 2017 audience; not an extensive collection hosting the entire SNES library.

That said, it isn't implausible that Nintendo could release various SNES Classic Editions, expansion packs, or ways to bring Virtual Console titles over to the SNES Classic Edition. For now though, fans shouldn't hold their breath. It looks like the 21 games coming out this September are here to stay: no more, no less.

Also, check out some of the well-loved features from the NES Classic that are likely to make the cut for the SNES Classic:


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