Nintendo is rolling out another game-changing console—The SNES Classic Mini. It’s just like the original Super Nintendo system, but now it fits into the palm of your hand. The SNES Classic even comes with 21 pre-loaded, fan-favorite games. Here’s everything you need to know about this new old console—and how you can get one for yourself.
1. Release Date
One year ago, Nintendo released the NES Classic Mini. This was their first all-digital throwback console, and it was met with sell-out numbers. Now, Nintendo’s back with the SNES Classic Mini, and it is currently in production. The system should be available for shipping and in stores by the end of September 2017, but don’t wait that long if you’re interested in getting one for yourself.
Pre-sale orders are already so high that some retailers had to stop taking them. The second wave of pre-sale availability should come along soon, but it seems like the SNES is more popular than retailers expected. The system will be available for online purchase from Amazon on Sept. 29, 2017. Brick and mortar stores like Target, Game Stop, and Best Buy will also have the system for sale, but in limited quantities.
2. What’s in the Box
When you purchase the SNES Classic Mini, you get the console with 21 of the best Super Nintendo games, plus two SNES controllers. This is an upgrade from what Nintendo offered with the NES Mini, which only included one controller. The system also comes with the never-before-released game, “Star Fox 2.”
In the box, you’ll also find an HDMI cable for connecting to screens and an AC adaptor with a USB charging cable.
There is no cartridge slot, so the pre-loaded games are what you have to play unless Nintendo releases updates. The company has an excellent track record with keeping their products affordable, and the SNES Classic is no different. The system will only cost $79.99.
3. Modern Day Upgrades
Nintendo is great at “modernizing” their new releases while keeping the best retro aspects of their products. The SNES Classic has the same look and style of the original system, but the specs work for modern times.
Now you can play “Mega Man X” or “Super Mario Kart” in all their 16-bit glory, on any modern flat-screen TV. However, there’s no word yet whether or not this system will support Bluetooth. If it’s anything like the NES Classic Mini, though, it will.
4. This Won’t Last Long
When the NES Classic Mini was released, it sold out instantly. It quickly became difficult for anyone to find and purchase, allowing people to auction them online for astronomically high prices. Only a year after its release, production of the NES Classic has completely stopped, and it will be even harder to find now. The demand was too high for Nintendo to keep up production.
There’s no way of knowing, but the SNES Classic could follow in these same footsteps. Pre-sale numbers are incredibly high already, which could indicate that this item will be impossible to keep stocked on any shelves. You’ll need to be quick and stay vigilant if you want to scoop up this system the day it comes out.