Nintendo Super NES Classic Mini

Nintendo Super NES Classic Mini– Worth it in 2019?

The SNES Classic was made and sold by Nintendo after the NES Classic’s success. It features identical hardware to its predecessor. The main differences are that it comes with 20 SNES games and is, naturally, a SNES replica instead of a NES one. Things get a bit more interesting as we delve into the device’s features and estimate whether it’s worth your time.

The Summary

  • Made by Nintendo
  • Costs $79.99. You might find one for less, though it doesn’t seem to have the NES Classic’s bootlegging issues.
  • As with the NES Classic, the device runs an emulator and doesn’t interact with physical cartridges.
  • Comes with an USB and HDMI cable and AC adapter. Also comes with two SNES controllers.
  • Used to come with 30 games, now comes with 20. Previous versions with 30 had regional exclusives much like the NES Classic.
  • Allows you to use savestates, with the addition of rewinding.
  • High-quality emulator with minimal gameplay issues, if any.
  • Controllers are compatible with the Wii and vice versa with the latter’s classic controller
  • Has 512 MB of flash storage and 256 MB of DDR3 memory. (This is identical to the NES Classic)
  • Comes with an exclusive game – Starfox 2.

Here’s why you want the SNES Classic

The controller cable length was the main issue of the NES Classic. Nintendo took notice, and the cable length has been upped somewhat. It’s now easier to properly set the device up, but the length is still too short for comfort.

By buying the SNES Classic, you also get 21 (or 30, if you buy earlier releases) SNES games. These include great titles such as Super Metroid, Final Fantasy 6 and F-Zero. The SNES Classic can also be hacked to play other SNES games/roms much like the NES Classic (you have rights to emulate any game that you own elsewhere), though it’s a bit more troublesome than its predecessor.

You get not one, but two high-quality controllers. Get ready to enjoy some great games with a friend.

You get to play Starfox 2. It’s a neat game that shifts things around from its prequel, offering more strategic play and unique abilities based on your pilot, as well as more advanced 3D graphics that will woo anyone used to other SNES titles. Overall, it’s a fun experience.

What should stop you from buying one?

The SNES Classic doesn’t have as many issues as its predecessor. Despite this, there’s still some annoyances to be found:

The design of the console is a bit flimsy. It’s good-looking and accurate to the SNES, but the controller ports are placed a tad inconveniently and their cover can be annoying to remove.

Hacking the SNES Classic allows you to play other SNES games, but the library is greatly limited due to lack of custom chipset emulation. The NES Classic had no such issues. This is a significant setback, especially for collectors.

Starfox 2 isn’t a spectacular game. It certainly uses spectacular graphics for the time and it’s a great historical piece, but lacks polish and substance. You can really soak in the new ideas in this one, but sadly, it tends to be slow and isn’t overly fun to play as a whole. You’ll probably still enjoy it, but not more than countless other SNES titles.

So, should you get one?

Let’s say that it depends entirely on how much money you have to spare and what your expectations were. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the device as a whole, so judge it based on your interests…

The SNES Classic is a pristine replica of the original console and features great emulation, just as the NES classic did before it. SNES games are certainly worth more than NES games, so the price isn’t that bad considering this. On the other hand, we’re seeing many re-releases of SNES titles, not to mention upgraded ports (recent examples include Wild Guns Reloaded and The Ninja Warriors Once Again). Getting the SNES Classic to play SNES games may be a bad move considering their availability. Getting the SNES Classic for Starfox 2 may be a bad move if you’re looking for gameplay, though it remains the only legit way to get it if you want it for its historical value.

On the other hand, getting it for sentimental reasons, or as an entry into SNES games as a whole if you never tried them, is a solid purchase. Despite being more limited in its library than the NES Classic, it can still play many SNES games and has a good starter library. Sadly, it suffers from the same lack of additional, official game releases, thus meaning the only way to legally play more games on it is emulate them if you own them elsewhere – what a shame. This is a much better device than the NES Classic, your fun is guaranteed, but at its price it may not be worth it for everyone. Hopefully this review helped you decide whether or not you want one.