Hot off the heals of the E3, the biggest gaming convention of the world, watched by hundred of thousands of gamers and journalists every year, Nintendo decided to do the most Nintendo thing possible and catch everyone by surprise once again; announce the SNES Classic, follow-up to last year’s hottest toy, the NES Classic. And it’s coming out in 3 months. This company remains as unpredictable as ever.
It is so tiny!
Not that nobody saw the SNES Classic itself coming. There was no way Nintendo wasn’t gonna give the Classic treatment to the SNES like it did the NES last year. No what got people surprised was one thing in particular; with the SNES Classic, Nintendo will officially release one game that has been completed since 1995 but never released until today; Star Fox 2.
The illusive game, sequel to 1993’s Star Fox, was essentially done but never released due to the imminent release of the Nintendo 64. Fearing that Star Fox 2 would take away from the release of the new system, Nintendo instead opted to never release it and make Star Fox 64 for the new baby. 22 years later Nintendo finally deiced to give Star Fox 2 an official release as part of the line-up of games included in the SNES Classic.
The line up of games include the following;
- 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
- 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
An impressive line-up, to be sure.
Even if some other cult favorites are missing, such as Gradius III or Chorno Trigger (some would also replace Donkey Kong Country by Donkey Kong Country 2, but at this point it’s a matter of opinion), this line-up remains an impressive one that will keep nostalgic gamers occupied for a long while.
Nintendo has already answered the obvious question; Will this be as hard to get as the NES Classic was? On that, Nintendo has promised that they will produce more SNES Classic than they produced NES Classic, but it comes with a catch; Nintendo will ONLY sell them until the end of 2017. Unlike the NES Classic where there was no real “deadlines”, this time we have one. So let’s hope the SNES Classic is more readily available. As far as features go, we don’t have much details, but we can expect something similar to the NES Classic.
The SNES Classic releases on September 29th for 89,99$ Us (99,99$ CAN) in North America, Europe and Japan (with the matching “Famicom” design to boot in the last two regions.)
Personally, I’m incredibly excited for it and this can open the way to other “Classic” releases. Nintendo 64, anyone?
And don’t you dare tell me Mother 3 isn’t happening if Star Fox freaking 2 is getting an official release 22 years later.