Imagine your perfect Super Nintendo games. Your ideal lineup of Snes games that you’d happily have sitting on your gaming shelves. What would they be? Super Mario Kart is my favourite video game of all time. A timeless classic of a packed Nintendo lineup of familiar faces like Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Donkey Kong & more. Though perhaps you would prefer to play the classic Super Probotector (Contra III The Alien Wars in North America). Battling your way through the levels collecting flamethrowers, bombs and other deadly weapons! I could sit here all day and talk about how important the 16bit era was to me as I am sure you can to. The Super Nintendo, for me, is the most pivotal console of all time bit just in terms of game lineup but in terms of cultural influences too.
Back in school there were two groups of geeks: those that had a Sega Mega Drive and those that had a Super Nintendo. I had the Super Mario All-Stars Super Nintendo action set. We’d joke and banter all day long at which console was superior and which had the best games. Sonic Vs. Mario was another angle to approach it from. Luckily today I adore both but the Super Nintendo will always hold a sacred place in my heart.
Here we are in 2017 with the upcoming Snes Classic Mini. Simply a mini build of the Super Nintendo (PAL and NTSC design) packed with 21 of the best Super Nintendo games of all times. Let us pause and hail the fact that Starfox 2 will be among the classic ones games. The unreleased title that was completely finished by never got a release. I was lucky enough to interview Dylan Cuthbert; one of the lead designers behind the original Starwing/Starfox and Super FX Chip. You can catch the video below in which I interviewed him about his work on Starfox 2 but be warned it’s a few years old.
I am the most excited to play Starfox 2. Reasons behind the cancellation were doing to Miyamoto cancelling it due to the upcoming release of the Nintendo 64. In an interview by Kotaku Cuthbert explained :
“Our older retro form of 3D just didn’t cut it anymore and Nintendo didn’t want to raise comparisons…“I agree that strategically (if not emotionally) it was the correct decision. But now our older retro form of 3D is the new cool kid on the block, it’s perfect timing!”
Here we are 22 years later and Starfox 2 gets an official release in 2017. I could not be happier.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System is the full name announced by Nintendo known typically as the Snes Mini or Snes Classic Mini. The console is priced at £79.99 in the UK and $79.99 in the U.S. Amazingly the Ones Classic Mini comes bundled with 2 controllers, a HDMI cable and a USB charging adapter. Note that the actual AC adapter is not included. Below you’ll find a full list of the games that come pre-installed:
If you’re lucky enough to pre-order then do it now! You can expect to be playing through this amazing library of Snes games from September 29th onwards! Let me know if you plan on picking up the Snes Classic Mini in the comments.
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