Everything We Know About the Nintendo SNES Mini

There is a good amount of nostalgia toward when times were simpler for today’s adults. Those who are in their 30’s and 40’s today are very likely to have encountered Nintendo’s NES and SNES gaming consoles in the 1990’s. Classic series like Final Fantasy, Metroid, Mario and Zelda all have their roots in these times, and the old games are still quite popular, with many people playing them on PCs and even phones thanks to emulators. Nintendo even made many of these titles available on its newer consoles via Virtual Console methods. But one thing has been sorely missing until now - the ease of playing these retro classics on devices that resemble the original systems.

Classic Console “Remastering”

Nintendo decided to re-release their old consoles with built-in games. In 2016, they released a limited run of the NES, dubbed NES Mini, with 30 built-in games from the console’s best ones. The goal with this device is not providing the old games via virtual console emulation on more modern hardware and controllers, but to recreate the experience of playing these classics, while still providing some modern convenience features. For example, the NES Mini’s games each have four different save slots, and the console connects to modern TVs via HDMI.

Nintendo Snes Mini Release Date and Games

Production of the NES Mini ended despite its popularity in order to give space to the next retro console, the SNES Mini, which is slated to be released on September 29, 2017. Just like its predecessor, the SNES Mini will also be a slightly smaller and somewhat more modern version of the old console. This time, it will feature 21 of the best games from the SNES era, which are the following:

  1. Contra III: The Alien Wars

  2. Donkey Kong Country

  3. EarthBound

  4. Final Fantasy III

  5. F-ZERO

  6. Kirby Super Star

  7. Kirby’s Dream Course

  8. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  9. Mega Man X

  10. Secret of Mana

  11. Star Fox

  12. Star Fox 2

  13. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

  14. Super Castlevania IV

  15. Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts

  16. Super Mario Kart

  17. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars [one of the best RPGs ever - ed]

  18. Super Mario World

  19. Super Metroid

  20. Super Punch-Out!!

  21. Yoshi’s Island

There are two items on which we have to make some explanations. Final Fantasy III is not actually the third entry in the series - it is the sixth game in the series, the one featuring Terra as the protagonist. This is because Nintendo had some naming-related conventions in the past, which caused FF VI to be renamed in the USA, where it was the third officially released game in the series.

The other game is Star Fox 2 - this was completed, but never actually released, and its announcement in 2017 surprised even the original developers. They canceled the release of this game because they would have had to include an expensive chip on the game’s cartridge. The SNES Mini will include this chip, enabling it to run this game. An interesting decision from Nintendo is that you will have to beat the first level of the original Star Fox to unlock the second game.

The Japanese version of the console will have a somewhat different game lineup: instead of Earthbound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania 4 and Super Punch-out, they will have Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon, Super Soccer, and Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers. The latter game has many more characters in it than the SF II Turbo: Hyper Fighting version found on the US / EU SNES Mini.

Hardware Specifications and Prices

The suggested retail price of the SNES Mini will be $79.99/£69.99, which is quite a bit expensive, especially when compared to the NES Mini’s $59.99/£49.99 price. However, unlike its predecessor, the SNES Mini will come with two controllers by default, enabling players to enjoy two-player games out of the box. In addition to these, the package will also include an HDMI cable and a USB power cable. European customers won’t get a power adapter included, so they have to use one they already have or purchase another.

According to one of Kotaku’s editors, the SNES Mini controller cables will be five feet long, two feet longer than the NES Mini’s were. This was a huge issue with those controllers, as players either had to purchase official cord extenders from Nintendo or sit close to the TV.

We don’t know how many units will Nintendo produce, but they announced that the SNES Mini would only be shipped from September 29 until the end of 2017 and that there would be more units produced than the NES Mini. That console has shipped 2.3 million units worldwide according to Nintendo.

And while the original NES Mini only had 30 built-in games, fans of the console managed to develop a hack to add more than 700 titles to the console. We have no idea whether a similar thing will be possible with the SNES Mini, only time will tell.