Nintendo Classic Mini SNES release date, price, latest stock information and more
After the NES Classic Mini‘s immense popularity, many have hoped for news of a miniature version of the 16-bit great, the SNES.
Nintendo has confirmed it will be launching a retro console for the second year running, so here’s all the key details you need, including the SNES Classic Mini’s games list, price and release date, plus pre-order updates. TrustedReviews has rounded up all the latest news for you right here.
SNES Classic Mini – what is it?
The SNES Classic Mini is Nintendo’s miniature version of its iconic 16-bit ‘Super Nintendo Entertainment System’. Nintendo released a classic NES in Christmas 2016, bundling 30 games into a diminutive version of its classic console, which was powered using a USB cable and could connect to any display using HDMI.
Similarly, the SNES Classic Mini also comes bundled with a HDMI cable and can connected to any high-definition TV. The console also comes with a USB charging cable, an AC adapter, and two wired Super NES Classic Controllers.
“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,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
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“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.”
SNES Classic Mini price and pre-order – how to buy the SNES Classic Mini
The SNES Classic Mini will officially cost £69.99/$79.99 at launch, but getting your hands on one is looking like an issue, leading some UK retailers to price it at a heftier £79.99.
One thing to note is that while Argos surprised many by opening up pre-orders early, it seems there have been some reports of orders being cancelled. What’s more, the order page appears to have been removed from the website, so if you pre-orderd through the company, it’s probably worth checking your account to see if the order is still active.
Unfortunately, all the other major first-party UK retailers we’re aware of are showing the console as out of stock.
Here are the links you need, should it become available to purchase again. Most of the sites listed below will send you a notification if they restock, and we’d recommend taking advantage of this service if you’ve got your heart set on a SNES Classic.
- Pre-order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at Amazon UK
- Pre-Order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at Amazon US
- Pre-order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at Nintendo
- Pre-order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at GAME
- Pre-Order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at SmythsToys.com
- Pre-Order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at ShopTo.net
- Pre-Order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at Very.co.uk
- Pre-Order: SNES Classic Mini Edition at Argos.co.uk
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A recent article from Eurogamer included an email supposedly from Amazon informing a buyer that the company is now restricting orders to one item per customer.
The email reads “Unfortunately, there’s been a change in the availability of [the SNES Classic Mini] on Amazon.co.uk…As such, we have reduced the quantity of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System in your order to one (1) unit.”
This is a great move from the seller, as it will free up stock for other consumers, and hopefully limit the amount of scalpers looking to buy multiple SNES Classic Minis with the sole intention of reselling them for huge profits.
However, other parts of the email suggest this action could have been taken because Amazon has been allocated less stock than it originally anticipated, so it remains to be seen if these orders withdrawn from some consumers will be freed up to other eager buyers.
SNES Classic Mini release date – when is it coming out?
It’s official! Nintendo has confirmed that the SNES Classic Mini Edition release date will fall on September 29, 2017. There will be 21 games on offer, including Super Mario World, Earthbound, and Star Fox 2.
A SNES Classic Mini is a no-brainer for Nintendo, considering how well the NES iteration sold. Plus, for every great NES game there are at least five on the SNES, meaning there are countless opportunities to stick undeniable classics on the little machine.
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SNES Classic Mini games list – what will we get to play?
Nintendo has confirmed that there will be at least 21 games available for the launch of the device. Here’s the full list of games:
- 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 Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
The following games will also feature multiplayer options: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Mario Kart, Contra III The Alien Wars, and Secret of Mana.
The inclusion of Star Fox 2 is also a big deal: “For the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game that was created during the Super NES era but never released…anywhere!”
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SNES Classic Mini controllers – can they be improved?
One big problem we noted in our review of the NES Classic Mini was the incredibly short cable for its controllers. It meant needing to either sit right next to the console while playing, or moving the console to wherever you’re sitting and using a very long HDMI cable and extension cord to plug in the console.
For the SNES Classic Mini, this desperately needs to be fixed.
Are you excited for a SNES Classic Mini? Which games would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!