29. Sep, 2017 11:59 (HKT)

SNES Classic Mini: What You Need To Know

SNES Classic Mini: What You Need To Know
A piece of gaming history is back this 2017!

No matter what happens, some memories can never be replaced. If you think that we are talking about love, well, in a way yes. But we are talking about the love of reliving an iconic era of video gaming on one of the most loved consoles in gaming history. Are you ready to fall in love with the SNES Classic Mini this September 2017?

Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (US)US$ 179.99 24h
Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (EUR)US$ 204.99 24h
Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Australia) sold

Nintendo offered a nice surprise for their fans on 2016 with the unexpected resurrection of NES Mini. It's a miniature replica of the original NES console which has 30 games pre-installed that were available for the 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System.

But its popularity was short-lived because of a few issues that fans picked up on. Some of these issues included the short controller cables, unavailability to buy new games, and no support for any original accessories. In addition, it only had a short production run of around 5 months.

However, despite these minor problems the NES mini classic was a huge hit. One of the great positive aspects of the console is that it houses a new Nintendo Entertainment System emulation engine developed by Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD). The emulation engine was well-received by critics and was regarded as superior in both visual and audio support when compared to the NES Virtual Console emulation on the Wii U.

For video output, the system features an HDMI connection, which puts out 60 Hz video for all games.

The controllers in the international version of the console feature the Wii's Nunchuk connector, which allows the controller to be connected to the Wii Remote for use with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. Likewise, accessories for the Wii such as the Classic Controller may be used with the NES Classic

Roll on 2017 and the much-anticipated release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES Mini Classic as it's affectionately known.

The SNES Mini Classic is the latest dedicated video game console from Nintendo, which emulates the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The console, a successor to the NES Classic Edition, comes with twenty-one Super NES titles pre-installed, including the never-before-released game Star Fox 2.


The SNES Classic Mini is as mighty yet tiny recreation of the original console. It is also the successor of the NES Classic Mini. And Nintendo definitely is listening to the clamor of people when it comes to the things that must be improved on. Hence, the creation of SNES Classic Mini.

SNES Mini Classic Comes In 3 Versions And 2 Very Distinct  Styles

The console is distributed in three variations, featuring the unique design of the original systems released in North America, Japan, and Europe. The versions depend on which country you live in.


Just like the original SNES, the European and Japanese markets will get a mini version of the traditional Super Nintendo and Super Famicom respectively.

Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom (JPN)US$ 169.99 24h

The design of both the consoles is the same in the said region which will be cuter and a smaller version than the original. While the North American release features an appearance based on the straight-angled gray-and-purple design of the SNES.

It is worth noting too that for fans who have been an avid follower of the SNES Mini Classic, Hori has announced a new wireless controller for Super Famicom Mini. This is a reprint of the original 1992 Fighting Commander controller. The only difference now is the fact that it is wireless! This new model is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Hori Co., Ltd.

Fighting Commander for Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom™ / SNES™, JPN)US$ 43.99 24h

The Fighting Commander is definitely a perfect fit for fighting games on the SNES Classic Mini. It sports the usual D-Pad as well as the ABXY button. Beside it are the L and R buttons. A “slow motion” switch allows players to create a “slow motion” effect in the video game, which activates the START button 10 times a second. There’s also a “rapid fire” switch for the ABXYLR buttons which activate the A, B, X, Y, L, and/or R buttons 24 times a second.


The system features HDMI display output and two controller ports; two wired SNES controllers are bundled with the system.

The controller ports are hidden behind a faux front flap which is designed to appear like the original Super NES controller ports. Similarly to the predecessor's controllers, the Super NES Classic Edition controllers have connectors that can be inserted into the Wii Remote, and be used to play Super NES games on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console.

The Wii's Classic Controller is also compatible with the Super NES Classic Edition.

Turning Scars Into Stars

The NES Classic had two major flaws that are too obvious for users not to be able to notice. First, the controller cord is quite short. Second, there is no way for players to reset the console, much more to turn the console on or off without exerting too much effort in leaning in as well as pressing the power button.

But Nintendo has taken notice of their customers and the fans' demands. And with the SNES, one of these issues has been addressed. Now SNES, gamers will be able to expect a 5-foot long cord which is twice the length of the NES classic controller.

On the other hand, in an interview of DigitalTrends.com with Nintendo representatives regarding the latter issue, it was said that:


Nintendo representatives declined to answer questions about the SNES Classic Edition’s ability to power on and off using a controller shortcut. We can only guess, but based on the length of the controller cord, we’re going to bet that you’ll still need to lean in and flip the power and reset sliders.

From A Usual Gaming Machine Into An All-Purpose Retro Gaming Monster

If you were able to get a hold of the NES Classic Edition, then you probably cannot help feeling a sense of awe, especially when it comes down to the quality of its emulation.

Like many hard core gamers, the quantity of game pre-installed on these systems might seem a little bit small, considering that there were 721 licensed SNES games realized in North America Alone.

It’s no secret that the emulation community has already jumped on this and already found a way to add additional ROMS to the NES mini Classic without causing any damage to the system or physical interference to the console itself.

Whilst Nintendo has kept quiet on the matter, it is curious that the console has an oversized internal memory that lies dormant. Hence, this appears to invite the possibility of ROM updates.

Although there has been no official software release from Nintendo, everything points to Nintendo doing the emulation community and its fans a huge favor by providing the system with just enough "extra" memory to hold the full official Nintendo ROM suite for the NES.

Fans will be eagerly waiting for the SNES Mini to see what’s under the hood and if there is an opportunity to make this the ultimate retro gaming system.

Available Games:

Back on to the games, doing the math, that's 30 on the NES classic mini versus 21 on the SNES classic mini. A bum deal you say… No, not really, as the SNES Classic Mini brings some big guns to the table, with a quality over the quantity lineup of classic games. Let’s check them out below!

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Final Fantasy VI
(Marketed as it was originally in the West as Final Fantasy III)



Kirby Super Star

The Legende Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

Mega Man X

Secret Of Mana

Star Fox

Star Fox 2

Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

Super Mario World

Super Mario 2: Yoshi's Island

Super Metroid




Kirby's Dream Course

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Super Castlevania IV

Super Punch -Out!!

More Than Just An SNES Emulator

The SNES Classic Mini promises itself to be a standout this 2017 in the comeback of a retro gaming console. But it is more than what you are expecting it to be. Just like the NES Classic Mini, the SNES will send you back to a time wherein the physical cartridges will allow you to integrate the custom hardware on a per-game basis. Doing so will allow games to progress the potentials of the hardware.

Par excellence as a standard has been elevated by SNES Classic Mini with its introduction of the SuperFX.

With the SuperFX, Nintendo hopes of having their SNES Classic Mini achieve a higher emulation accuracy compared to its predecessor, the NES Classic Mini.

It Runs In The Blood

The lifeblood of any console is definitely the hardware. And in the case of the SNES Classic Mini, it has an identical hardware with the NES Classic.

According to Digital Laundry, both SNES and NES Classic made use of the same hardware considering the placement of the USB, HDMI, as well as the controller. More so, it is quite noteworthy too that the two consoles are being run by the same internal mainboard which even includes the same little cuts which allow it to fit perfectly inside the shell of the NES Classic Mini.

If this is the case, then this will be a great news for modders. If the SNES Classic Mini has the same hardware as its predecessor, then it only means that modders can dig into the SNES Classic too. After all, it has been done with the NES Classic.

What's In The Box?

  • Miniature Super Nintendo Entertainment System replica with 21 pre-loaded Super NES games
  • Two wired Super NES Classic Controllers
  • One HDMI cable
  • One USB cable with AC adapter
  • Operations manual (with a poster on the back!)

What To Expect?


An all-new feature lets you rewind a minute or more based on your game’s last suspend point. Each game can save up to four suspend points.

My Game Play Demo

This new demo mode will replay your saved Suspend Points as part of the demo game footage instead of using built-in demos.


This new demo mode will replay your saved Suspend Points as part of the demo game footage instead of using built-in demos.

Exclusive Deals

The excitement has been aroused with the imminent release of the SNES Classic Mini. No wonder, there are great deals coming up for those gamers who will get the SNES upon its sought-after release. So, without further ado, here are some of the amazing products that you might want to get together with this piece of gaming history.

Famitsu Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom Special issue

Famitsu Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom Special issue (JPN)US$ 11.99 1w

On October 5, 2017, Nintendo will release the "Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom", and to celebrate it "Famicom Tsuushin" will become "Super Famicom Tsuushin" (Quick side note: "Famitsu" is a blend of the words Famitsu + Tsuushin, which means news)! It'll include the complete guide of "Star Fox 2" and all the other titles, cross reviews, game teikoku, and all the other popular sections! In the appendix, you'll find all the box arts of the 21 titles, the guides of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, plus the complete project book of Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe with the codes!

Nintendo Famicom Magazine - Mini Super Famicom Special Issue

Nintendo Famicom Magazine - Mini Super Famicom Special Issue (JPN)US$ 18.99 24h

Coinciding with the launch of the Nintendo Classic Super Famicom, this book features the 21 games included in the revived home console! This magazine also features 2 large appendices on a DVD-ROM:

- Appendix one contains converted PDF scans of all the original "Nintendo Famicom Magazine" issues that were previously published during the Famicom era. Please keep in mind that these are scans of printed pages before the digital era. They show irregularities in the original’s fabric due to corrosion. In order to view the contents of the DVD-ROM, it is necessary to have a device that can open ROMs and browse PDFs. Please note that DVD players, DVD recorders etc. connected to TV are not able to display these. Out of respect for the historical background, all articles on the DVD - ROM are kept in their original state of release. Although almost all articles are collected in cooperation with the manufacturer, some parts needed to be removed due to copyright issues.
- A separate appendix on the DVD-ROM also includes the scans of the original "Famimaga" issue at the time of "Star Fox" + "Star Fox 2", including a game guide.

There are more than 1500 pages on the DVD-ROM that include all the 20 games’ "ultra technical" detail descriptions which originally appeared in the "Daigirin" mook. And it comes as a given that this book contains the beloved articles from "Cho Ultrateku 50+1" and "Disk-kun no Manga Pics".

Nintendo Dream November 2017 - Issue

Nintendo Dream November 2017 - Issue (JPN)US$ 12.99 24h

Nintendo Dream, also known as NinDori to its fans, is a monthly Japanese video game magazine published by Tokuma Shoten. Nintendo has an unbelievable lineup of popular games from series including Animal Crossing, Dragon Quest, Monster Hunter, Fire Hunter, and Splatoon, and Nintendo Dream is the go-to magazine for Nintendo fans. It’s filled with information about upcoming games, reviews, and interviews, and often even includes bonuses for its readers including posters and trading cards!

Super SNES/Super Famicom: A Visual Compendium (Hardcover)

Super SNES/Super Famicom: A Visual Compendium (Hardcover) (US) sold

The book pays tribute to the amazing pixel art, product design and graphic design associated with these iconic 16-bit systems.

This latest book focuses on the Super Famicom in Japan and the SNES across North America and Europe, offering a visual snapshot of the best games, developers, box art and product design from across these territories. As the name suggests, the book is mainly visual; it won't be a super-detailed insight into the SNES/Super Famicom, but more a visual companion designed to stir up excitement and nostalgia for this fantastic machine and its legacy of classic games.

The Ultimate Game Strategy Book Vol.3

The Ultimate Game Strategy Book Vol.3 (JPN)US$ 11.99 1w

Guide to the worst games on the Super

Guide to the worst games on the Super Famicom! (JPN)US$ 14.99 1w

Nintendo Super Famicom Compendium

Nintendo Super Famicom Compendium (JPN)US$ 16.99 24h

And we have a seriously great news for you. We will be opening sales for the SNES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini Famicon. But a bit of friendly advice though, we have extremely limited stock, so it's on a first come, first served basis.

Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Australia) sold
Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom (JPN)US$ 169.99 24h

What Do They Have To Say?

With an impressive library of games that covers all of the console’s classics, and two controllers included as standard (with lengthier leads to boot), the SNES Mini looks like it has the potential to be every bit the fantastic nostalgia trip the NES Mini was last year.

We’ll have to dive deeper into each of the console’s games to deliver a comprehensive verdict on how well the emulation has been handled, but first impressions suggest they’ve been handled well, and are augmented with enough modern conveniences that most people should be able to get through them.
Despite those limitations, the SNES Classic Edition has the makings of something special. It’s an adorable little replica of a console that means the world to players of a certain age.

The Nintendo “Classic Edition” consoles offer brief trips down memory lane for collectors and fans who have played these games a thousand times. Even without seeing it in action, the SNES Classic seems capable of serving as a Nintendo fan’s modern trophy.

Time will tell if that actually turns out to be the case, and whether this tiny machine remains to be quite so much of a blast from the past in the long run. For now, we've got a 16-bit Master Sword to hunt down.

While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it. With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favourite retro classics with family and friends.
- Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Many of us remember this classic console which touched our lives during our childhood, and for the younger generation who are now able to experience these classics for the first time and welcome to a whole new group of gamers to the SNES, we say thank you Nintendo!

For those lucky enough to snag a SNES Classic Mini this September 2017 will be a good year to enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with SNES Classic Mini and some fantastic retro gaming!

We will have limited stock of the SNES Classic Mini and tentatively may open orders on the 29th of September 2017.

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