SNES Classic Edition
It's real and it's coming. Nintendo of America announced today in a tweet that the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System for the uninitiated) Classic edition will be on store shelves on 9/29 with a suggested retail price of $80 and a staggeringly excellent selection of 21 games:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III (really VI, but who's counting?)
- 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!!
You read that right. Nearly all of those games would land on a list of the top 100 games of all time. Star Fox 2, cancelled shortly before its scheduled release has never even received an official release, decades later. Even after the debacle of the frustratingly short-supplied and cancelled NES Classic Edition, it's hard not to get excited.
However, there is a very real chance that you'll get your hopes up, wake up early on 9/29, put $80 in your grubby hands and stand in line outside for hours, only to be disappointed. Again. Here are three reasons to take a deep breath and not get excited this time around.
You Won't Be Adding Any Games
Just like the NES Classic Edition, there will be no option for additional game downloads, cartridges or any sort of expandability. Though the selection of games is jaw-dropping, that is it. Twenty-one and done.
It's Another Limited Edition Publicity Stunt
Just like the NES Classic Edition before it, the mini SNES does not look likely to be on shelves for more than a few months. Long lines, novelty media coverage and opportunistic resellers are all but certain. Get ready to hunt or pay hundreds of dollars on eBay.
Nintendo is promising more supply than last time around, but this is not their moneymaker. Their operational capabilities will be firmly focused on The Switch, which offers longer-term profit potential from software sales. As cool as they are, these retro systems are merely a publicity stunt to publicize and maintain Nintendo's position as a premium legacy brand.
No Chrono Trigger
Nintendo has achieved an astonishing feat of curation here. The NES Classic Edition suffered from a few clunkers (Kid Icarus and Ice Climber, I'm looking at you), but it's older sibling has no such dips in quality. Every single one of these games is a stone-cold classic from what is arguably the greatest video game system in history. You may have a board game addiction now, but it was a video game addiction back in the SNES days.
However, they missed the greatest game in history: Chrono Trigger. Though they managed to include Final Fantasy III and Secret of Mana, two of Squaresoft's (now Square-Enix's) holy trilogy of SNES awesomeness, Chrono Trigger is nowhere to be seen.
It is simply not possible to have the ultimate selection of SNES games without the greatest of them all. Chrono Trigger managed to make you laugh, cry and play into the early hours of the morning with it's epic time-traveling story and the most endearing and quirky characters this side of Parks and Recreation.
So as you read articles about the shortages and exorbitant resale prices of the SNES Classic Edition, remember a few facts. It does not have Chrono Trigger. It never will have Chrono Trigger. Nintendo is manipulating your nostalgia buttons and using you as a promotional tool to sell other products.
Damnit. I still want one.
Article by The Happy Strategerist. He realizes that this is a board game blog, but hey, we reviewed Boss Monster. That gives us credit to go a little off topic with nostalgic video game stuff, right?
Should Nintendo shut up and take your money, or did they lose that right after teasing you with the NES Classic edition? Let us know in the comments below.