It's been rumoured for ages but Nintendo has finally announced that the Super Nintendo Mini is an actual thing that's actually happening and that will actually, definitely be out on September 29th in the UK. Hopefully they'll make more of the bloody things this time.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, to give it its full, hellishly cumbersome name, is the same deal as before—i.e. it's a dinky, USB-powered replica with a whole bunch of pre-loaded games. This time, however, two controllers are bundled in, as well as 21 stone-cold classic SNES games:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- 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
And yes, you saw that right. Nintendo has somewhat unexpectedly seen fit to include the long-lost SNES-classic-in-waiting Star Fox 2. This follow-up to Miyamoto's legendary space shooter was famously completed but never officially released, meaning that this'll be the first chance for many to play it—although an unofficial ROM version has been floating around the internet for years.
Incidentally, the box above shows the Super Nintendo Mini in its aesthetically superior European guise. However, if you're feeling a little bit more transatlantic, the US is—unsurprisingly—getting the uglier, boxier, more purple variant that it was forced to endure in the 90s. So you could always import one of those.
There's currently no word on UK pricing for the Super Nintendo Mini, but I'll update the article if any more details come in. Until then, I'll be frantically refreshing Amazon so that I can pre-order one before all five of the units that Nintendo's probably reserved for Europe are gone.
UPDATE: It looks like most online retailers - which is to say, Amazon and Game at present - are selling the Super Nintendo Mini for £79.99. Smyths Toys is a bit of an outlier at £69.99. Unfortunately, and also unsurprisingly, the first (but hopefully not last) wave of pre-orders now appears to be completely sold out. Good work scalpers!