In a world of Trump and Brexit, we need good news – so thank the maker for Nintendo who has announced the launch of the Mini SNES for September 2017. That’s right, the difficult second series is not so difficult when you have a back catalogue like Nintendo’s, so they’re going to capitalise on it. And quite right too.
The company’s first mini console, the Mini NES, sold out faster than the proverbial heated baked goods, and the Mini SNES will undoubtedly be no different. But here are the two big questions: what games will it come pre-loaded with, and will it fix any of the hardware niggles of the Mini NES?
Tell me, tell me, tell me The price has been announced as $79 (a straight conversion to £79 – an increase on the Mini NES’s $50/£50 launch price because it comes with two controllers) and the device will be pre-installed with 21 titles – all classics. There’s the inevitable inclusion of titles such as Super Mario World (hooray), Mario Kart (yes, yes, yes) and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (whoop whoop), and, are you ready? Star Fox 2. That’s right, the never-before-released sequel to Star Fox is finally seeing the light of day. Nintendo fans rejoice, the day has arrived.
Here’s the list of games in all its glory: – 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
Hardware going in hard Perhaps my favourite part of this announcement is the pleasant information that in Japan and North America, buyers will get a mini version of the light-grey SNES. In North America, however, buyers will get a mini version of the boxy grey and purple version. Fair play to Nintendo for going the extra mile and playing on the human race’s love of all things familiar. And fair play for bundling the Mini SNES with two controllers – some of the games on the list were always best with two players. Good show.
Connectivity-wise, the HDMI cable of the Mini NES returns to the Mini SNES – hopefully it will be longer than the original’s poxy length which, coupled with the NES controller’s 2.5ft cable, meant you had to sit incredibly close to your 50-inch flatscreen TV. Come on, Nintendo, let’s be less stingy with the cable lengths, people need their eyes to see things.
Final (early) thoughts Like the Mini NES before it, the Mini SNES is a great way to bring some little pieces of gaming history to a new and youthful audience – never a bad thing. However, if they don’t make enough of the lovely little things, they’ll have another round of Nintendo bashing to contend with – not that they seem to really care.
From my point of view, I couldn’t get a hold of a Mini NES for love nor (rapidly increasing amounts of) money. I really hope I can get my hands on a Mini SNES, who do I have to adult cuddle to get one?