ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Nintendo just recently unveiled the pocket-sized SNES Mini Classic Edition, a loving tribute to one of the greatest video game consoles they, or anyone else, have made. But some American fans are understandably vexed by the less pleasing design on offer in their region -- a brick-like chassis that looks positively dated next to the supple curves found on the European and Japanese versions.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System has taken on many different forms and names in the years since its 1990 launch. Of course, in Japan the system is called the Super Famicom, while in South Korea it is known as the Super Comboy. When the console first came to American shores it was subjected to a rather industrial redesign, given two-tone controller buttons and purple sliding switches that flank a now vertical eject lever. Apparently, the curved cartridge slot was added to prevent drinks from being placed and then spilled upon the console.

In any case, the US version simply doesn't look as... pretty, and its region-locked design has bred some serious transatlantic envy.

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Still, none of this is stopping the device from selling like hotcakes, with most retailers having already committed the entirely of their stock.

The launch of the original console also sold out within hours, even causing a social disturbance that forced the Japanese government to request all future console releases be scheduled on weekends only.

The new miniature replica will come pre-loaded with 21 games to play, which are:

  • 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

The console will also have two controllers packed in. Mercifully, Nintendo has made sure the controller cables will be around two feet longer than the frustratingly short NES Mini's, addressing one of the most common complaints players had.

You can pre-order the console (if you can find it), which releases on September 29, 2017.


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