If your born around the same time as me, then there is a very good chance you will have some fond childhood memories of late-night sleepovers at a friend’s; All-nighters filled with R-rated movies, chips, “deep conversations”, a case of Dr. Pepper, and of course…Super NES! While by no means one of the pioneer gaming systems like the NES or the Atari before it, this goliath of the gaming world is in a class of its own.
Now with the release of the Super NES Classic Mini, you too can own one of the most iconic retro game systems ever created. And let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, just like a toaster, every household needs to own a Super NES Classic Mini.
The Super NES – And God Said “Let there be kick-ass gaming”
If you were a gamer in the 80’s you probably thought nothing could top the NES. A portable living room arcade with hundreds of amazing games to choose from, how could video games get any better??? Then Nintendo dropped the SNES on you and shook your world to the very core.
Released in 1991, Nintendo’s second gaming system in many ways trumped it first, not only because of its obvious upgrade in graphics, or robust library of top shelf games, but also because of the focus on story driven titles and multiplayer experiences. This system really was the first glimpse at what video games could be; epic interactive stories, with characters you cared about, and visual design bordering on art.
Selling over 49 million units worldwide, it would be safe to say that the Super Nintendo reined as the number one game system for many years, beating out the Sega Genesis by over 15 million units sold. With its competition crushed, Nintendo’s Super NES cemented its victory in the first generation of “console wars”.
*** If you’re interested in learning more about the history of SNES and other consoles, check out my post on The History of Video Game consoles. ***
What’s in the Box
Much the same as the NES Classic Mini release before it, the Super NES Classic Mini contains everything a gamer needs in one box. Each system is an exact replica of the SNES except ¼ of the size. There is no actual game slot, since every system comes pre-loaded with 21 games, and the 2 controllers that are included with the system look and feel just like the original SNES controller.
The one downside to the controllers is, like the NES Classic Mini, the cords are way too damn short, not coming much past 2 feet in length. Fortunately, Amazon has you covered, and for the modest price of $10 for 2, you can get cord extensions that will add an extra 10 feet to both your Super NES Classic Mini controllers and your NES Classic Mini controllers. With that extra length, you should be able to leave your Super NES Classic Mini plugged into your TV via the short HDMI cable that is included and still game from anywhere in your living room. I know, it seems like in this day and age Nintendo should easily be able to make the controllers wireless, but then you would miss the added excitement of possibly tripping over a bunch of cords every time you get up to get a snack..
That small problem aside, the Super NES Classic Mini looks great on my 50 inch flat screen and set up was a breeze. No downloading updates, or internet connection required, just plug in and play – a design I sorely miss with the new video game systems these days. For the modest price of 100$ CAD I feel as though I’ve more than got my moneys worth with this retro gaming system.
The SNES was one of the last gaming systems to come out before the age of 3d graphics, and Nintendo really perfected their craft with this system. Like the Nintendo classic game system released before it, every game on the Super NES Classic Mini is a gem. Nintendo made sure to include almost all the major titles one would want on a walk down memory lane. Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Mario Kart, Street-Fighter 2, Mega man X, Super Punch-Out, and 14 other games. Even the elusive and pricey Super Mario RPG is included on the list of 21 preloaded games, a must play for anyone who buys the Super NES Classic Mini.
Also, as a bonus, the system also comes with Star fox 2, which was never officially released with the original SNES. I’m not a huge Star Fox fan, but my friends who are assure me it’s a pretty fun title to check out. With so much superior 2d gaming at your fingertips, you could literally spend days playing dipping you toes into these titles and barely scratch the surface.
Let’s be honest, the SNES is a game system that isn’t going anywhere. There are just too many amazing titles and hours of entertainment for anyone who enjoys video games for it to ever disappear. I feel that any serious gamer, new or old, should have some kind of appreciation for the Super NES Classic Mini, even if you didn’t grow up with one. Hell, I owned a Sega years before I got a SNES and I still love this system to death.
While the system is pretty close to perfect, the short controller cords are annoying, and I would have loved to have seen a few more titles from the massive SNES library included on the Super NES Classic Mini (anyone remember Clay Fighter!?). These short-comings are miniscule when compared to everything the Super NES Classic Mini does right and for that reason I have been recommending this system to everyone who appreciates video games and/or the nostalgia one feels when playing these classic systems from a different era. So, get yours today and get your game on with one of the gaming worlds best!