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SNES Classic Mini Pre-Order, Where to Buy, Release Date, Price, Games, Reviews - Everything we Know

All the info on the all-in-one 16-bit games machine from Nintendo, the follow-up to the popular but discontinued NES Classic Mini, the SNES Mini.

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After a report claiming that the SNES Classic Mini was entering production as a follow-up to Nintendo’s hugely popular but understocked NES Classic Mini, Nintendo finally made the mini console official on June 26, 2017. With production of the NES Mini now ceased and the console exceedingly hard to get hold of, all attention now turns to the 16-bit era follow-up. Here’s everything we know about the SNES Classic Mini, including SNES Mini release date, price, and when you can pre-order SNES Classic Mini. Here’s everything the SNES Classic Mini will offer.

SNES Classic Mini Release Date - How Much Will it Cost?

The SNES Classic Mini is official. The SNES Classic Mini release date is September 29, 2017. The NES Classic Mini released on November 11, 2016, and quickly went out of stock, resulting in high prices being paid on reseller sites like eBay.

SNES Mini Classic in its US form!

The end of September is the ideal time to launch the SNES Classic Mini to capitalize on Christmas shoppers desperate to find something their loved ones will be thrilled to receive (or at least not hate), but it’s not ideal for our bank balances. With all the big Q4 games arriving within weeks of each other and Xbox One X releasing in November, it’s not going to be a cheap period.

The SNES Classic Mini price is $79.99/£69.99 and comes with two SNES controllers. The NES Classic launched at $59.99/£49.99 but it only included one NES controller.

SNES Classic Mini Pre-order - How to buy a SNES Classic Mini

Retailers are currently taking pre-orders for the SNES Classic Mini pretty much everywhere but in the US, although the first few wave of stock sold out almost immediately. New stock is expected to be put up for pre-order ahead of the console's launch but it’s not known when this will be. The NES Classic Mini was in short supply from day one and the console was never readily available. The NES Classic was discontinued less than a year after its release, so don’t expect the SNES Classic to hang around for long.

Keep checking retailers regularly to see if you can successfully pre-order the SNES Classic Mini. We'll update this page when pre-orders for the SNES Classic Mini in the US go live so you have all the info you need to buy a SNES Classic Mini.

SNES Classic Mini Games

Nintendo has confirmed the line-up of games included in the SNES Classic Mini. Twenty-one games are included, which is less than the 30 found on the NES Classic Mini. It’s fair to say that SNES games hold up better than most NES titles, and Nintendo has included the unreleased Star Fox 2. In order to play Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic Mini you’ll first need to complete the first level of the original Star Fox.

SNES Classic Mini US/UK Games List:

  • 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
SNES Mini Classic in its superior UK form!

The Japanese version of the SNES Classic Mini has a slightly different line-up of games, which you can see below:

  • Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fantasy 6
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Mega Man X
  • Panel de Pon
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Ghouls n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
SNES Mini Classic also has an incredibly cool box art in Japan.

It's hard to criticise the SNES Classic Mini games too much, but that didn't stop us listing the 10 games we wish were included on the SNES Classic Mini.

Are the SNES Classic Mini Games Good?

In short, yes, the 21 games included are mostly excellent. Some might question the inclusion of Kirby’s Dream Course (a golf game) when we only get one Donkey Kong Country game, but that’s really the only game that could be seen as superfluous. We looked and the entire SNES Classic Mini games lineup and ranked them, and the overall quality is very good indeed.

The inclusion of Star Fox 2 is a surprise for more than one reason. Not only was it never released, but there was an assumption that no games that made use of the Super FX microchip would be included. Nintendo has yet to release a SNES game that used the Super FX chip on its Virtual Console service - hopefully their inclusion in the SNES Classic Mini is a good sign for the future. Yoshi’s Island and Star Fox also use the Super FX chip.

On USGamer we're slowly reviewing every game included with the SNES Classic Mini. We'll round them all up for you on this page.

SNES Classic Mini Game Reviews

What’s Included in the box for the SNES Classic Mini?

  • SNES Classic Mini Console with 21 games built in
  • HDMI cable
  • USB power cable and power adapter*
  • Two wired Super NES Classic Controllers

*It’s worth noting that buyers of a European model SNES Classic Mini won’t get an AC adapter included in the box. You’ll need to plug the supplied USB cable into an adapter like you probably already use to charge your mobile phone.

It’s been confirmed that the Wii Classic Controller and the Classic Controller Pro will work with the SNES Classic Mini. You might be wondering where the controllers plug into the SNES Classic Mini as the ports on the front of the console (both US And Japan/EU/Aus models) are for show only. A panel at the the front can be pulled down, revealing the proper ports.

It might be obvious, but the SNES Classic Mini won't let you play original SNES cartridge games. All the games you can play are installed on the mini console. To play original cartridges you'll need an old SNES or one of many retro consoles that emulate the hardware, such as the RetroN 5.

Will the SNES Classic Mini Have Longer Controller Cables?

It might not seem like a big deal, but anyone who’s used the NES Classic Mini will know how annoying the short 3 foot controller cord is. It just wasn’t quite long enough, forcing many players to buy extension cables. The good news is that the controller cables on the SNES control pads included with the SNES Classic Mini are 5 foot long. That might make the difference between having to sit on the floor and your couch.

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SNES Classic Mini - Will There be Stock Shortages?

Once 2017 is gone, so is the SNES Classic Mini. Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that the mini-console will only be sold until the end of this year.

"We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition," said Nintendo in its statement. "Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year."

"Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content."

In the UK consumers who placed more than one pre-order for the SNES Classic Mini at Amazon.co.uk have had all but one unit cancelled. You can see a copy of the email sent to buyers below.

Via NeoGAF

Let us know in the comments if you manage to get a pre-order for the SNES Classic Mini. With the SNES Classic Mini following the NES Classic Mini, it follows that Nintendo will release an N64 Classic Mini in 2018. That could be great, so we’ve looked at what games could be included with the N64 Classic Mini.

How to Play the SNES Classic Mini Early

Although the SNES Classic Mini isn’t being released until September 29, and with stock shortages you might not even be able to buy one when it’s released, there is a way to get a look at it early.

Nintendo is taking its games (mainly Switch and 3DS titles) to San Diego Comic-Con and the Marriott Marquis & Marina. It’s also taking along the SNES Classic Mini, allowing fans to “catch a glimpse of the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition hardware.”

Why is the SNES Classic Mini Such a big Deal?

If you’ve seen the online hype around the forthcoming SNES Classic Mini but don’t get why so many people seem desperate to get their hands on the console, let us explain.

The SNES, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System, was Nintendo’s follow-up to the NES. Originally released in Japan in 1990, 1991 in the US, and 1992 in Europe and Australia, the console gained a massive following and continued the console war between SEGA and Nintendo.

Nintendo ceased making the SNES in 1999, but sold 49 million units during its lifetime. This wasn’t a match for the NES’ 60 million sales, but was enough to make the SNES the best-selling console of its era. In simple terms, the SNES had Mario and the SEGA Genesis (Mega Drive) had Sonic the Hedgehog. Lines were not to be crossed unless you were lucky enough to own both consoles.

Due to the huge popularity of the SNES, many children of the 80s/90s have great nostalgia for the console, and are eager to go back to that time thanks to the SNES Classic Mini. With retro gaming being an expensive hobby if you want to buy original cartridge games (Super Metroid alone will set you back a big chunk of the price of the SNES Classic Mini), Nintendo’s small consoles are an ideal way to get that retro gaming experience. They also double as neat collectible items.

How do you pronounce SNES?

The correct way to pronounce “SNES” is a subject of real contention, with most people split into one of two camps. One group (and this is the correct way, no questions asked!) say “SNEZ”, while another group (the wrong group) say “Ess En Eee Ess”. If you fall into the latter group, please take a long hard look at yourself and get your act together.

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