Nintendo Announces the SNES Classic, Includes Never Before Released Star Fox 2

Get your refresh buttons ready, because Nintendo just officially unveiled the SNES Classic Edition, arriving on store shelves on September 29th. Want the full details? No worries, a press release is spilling it all:

REDMOND, Wash., June 26, 2017 – The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo’s follow-up console to the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1991 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.

On Sept. 29, this beloved console is coming back to stores in the form of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition. The mini system, which contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. And 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 game that was created during the Super NES era but never released … anywhere!

“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. “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 favorite retro classics with family and friends.”

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has the same look and feel of the original system – only smaller – and comes pre-loaded with 21 incredible games:

  • 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™

All of these games would be considered classics by anyone’s standards, and some of them in particular – Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy III, EarthBound and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – are massive role-playing games that can take dozens of hours to complete. Even for super fans who have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game will offer them something entirely new to enjoy – if they can unlock it by proving their skills in the original Star Fox game. (Well, they only have to complete the first level – we didn’t want to make it too hard!)

Included with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition are one HDMI cable, one USB charging cable with AC adapter and two wired Super NES Classic Controllers, perfect for playing multiplayer games. Having two controllers will make it easy for two players to dive into multiplayer action right away. Some of the games with multiplayer options include Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Mario Kart, Contra III The Alien Wars and Secret of Mana.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition launches on Sept. 29 at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

For more information about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, visit http://www.nintendo.com/super-nes-classic.

Yes, Star Fox 2. Hard to believe. Here’s some art for it:

At this time, pre-orders have not gone live in North America. Nintendo is, however, promising to have more stock of the system this time around compared to the NES Classic Situation:

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.

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.

Here’s a glance at one in someone’s hand:

Source: Kotaku

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  • RiverDevil

    Just the thing to take the focus away from the first holiday season of Nintendo’s new system (and on which its future depends). So let’s say SNES mini does increase foot traffic. It still is going to take $80 out of customers’ pocketbook. Even if these customers end up buying a Switch, Odyssey alone should be enough to drive traffic this holiday season. Having people drop $80 on SNES mini means less to spend on Switch games. So maybe it becomes a glorified Mario machine for these casuals or nostalgia-lovers, instead of these customers taking, if there were no SNES mini, a risk on another title (ARMS, Splatoon, Kart) which otherwise could increase Switch’s attach rate and help its longevity as people spend more time playing on it

    Good marketing

    • Marandahir

      It’s probably more so a way to placate VC fans while they tinker with the Online membership program for the Switch. They know we want it, here’s a way to play the most classic SNES games in a bundle, not to mention easy to hook up and easy to throw in the backpack.

      There are precious few games on this list that I can’t already play on Wii U VC (SF2 being one of them). This is for fans who want to supplement their Switch with SNES VC, or for old-school fans who aren’t really interested in the switch but are interested in VC. I don’t think it’ll conflict with Switch sales or Switch game sales. And either way, Nintendo makes profit.