When the NES Classic Edition was released last year, the rumour of a SNES Classic Edition was already doing the rounds among the gaming community. Then with the success of the notorious NES Classic Edition, it was a certainty that Nintendo would follow up with another classic computer in the not too distant future. With an impressive library of over 700 games, speculation was rife about which games would come with the new SNES system. A few classics such as Super Mario World, Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Donkey Kong Country were almost guaranteed to make the cut as they are some of the systems most beloved games. Which other games would we be on the system and how many others, these were hot topics among the gaming industry during the months prior to the SNES Classic’ official announcement. Of all the games that I thought might be on the system, never in a million years did I think an unreleased game in the form of Star Fox 2 would be on there. Before I get into the software and discuss the list of 21 glorious games that are on the SNES Classic, lets have a look at the hardware.
One thing to note is that there are two variants of the SNES Classic which were released in specific regions. The North American system has a more boxy look to it and a different colour scheme with shades of grey, pink and purple. As we are in Europe however, I will be focusing on the more colourful and familiar to people in Europe which is the PAL region system. As expected, the SNES Classic is an exact replica of the original console at just a quarter of the originals size. This time we get two controllers which is a great bonus as you can jump straight in to some multiplayer action from the get go. The controller wire is longer than the NES Classic controller wire, a key point which a lot of people were hoping Nintendo would rectify with this system release and thankfully they did. There is a front cover which shows the original SNES controller ports and when you flip it down it reveals the SNES Classic controller ports. One function of the controller that I was pleasantly surprised to discover was that the SNES Classic controllers are backwards compatible with NES Classic system and vice versa. The NES Classic was released with one controller so anybody who was lucky enough to get their hands on the system but not an extra controller, can now play some multiplayer titles on the NES Classic such as Contra and Double Dragon. The SNES controller is one of my favourite controllers of all time and the Classic Edition is exactly the same as the original. I am a big fan of the Snes Classic Edition system and I can safely say that Nintendo has done the original system justice.
Now lets get down to business and talk about the 21 amazing titles that were released on the SNES Classic. First up I have to talk about the shocking addition of Star Fox 2, a game that was originally set for release back in 1996 but due to soon to be released Nintendo 64, this game was shelved and had to wait over 20 years for an official release. Star Fox 2 is worthy successor to 1993’s Star Fox, or as it is also known, Starwing. This time around, not only can you play as protagonist Fox McCloud, you can also play as other well known characters from the series such as Slippy, Falco, Peppy and more. If you are a fan of the original Star Fox game then you will love the long awaited Star Fox 2.
There are so many well known titles on this system that it will keep you gaming for a long time to come. There’s the legendary Street Fighter 2 Turbo, one of the best fighting games of all time. You can go on an adventure in Hyrule with The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, try to save Princess Toadstool from the evil King Bowser in Super Mario World or go bananas with Donkey Kong Country. These classics along with other notable titles such as Super Mario Kart, Super Punch Out and Super Metroid were titles that were no surprise to have made it onto the system. There are some other outstanding games that I was surprised to discover had made the cut and excited to finally be able to play. Super Mario RPG is a game that was not released outside of North America, so for a lot of people it’s the first chance that they will get to try out one of the many amazing RPG’s that are on the system. Other RPG’s that made the list along with Super Mario RPG are Final Fantasy III, Secret of Mana and the cult classic Earthbound.
For the more hardcore gamers who like to put their gaming skills to the test, there’s the dark and infamously difficult Contra III, Super Castlevania IV, Mega Man X and Super Ghouls and Ghosts. These 4 games are seriously tough cookies and will truly test the metal of any gamer. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum there’s the more family friendly titles such as Kirby Super Star, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Kirby’s Dream Course, 3 colorful titles that will capture the imagination of gamers both young and old. Last but certainly not least is one of the launch titles with the original Super Nintendo, a futuristic and fast paced racing game that would show off the power of the Snes and that is F-Zero. When you think of racing games on the Super Nintendo, Super Mario Kart definitely stands out as the most popular on the system. F-Zero is a different type of racing game altogether, it is a swift and speedy racer that is as challenging as it is fun to play.
With so many amazing games crammed into such a small system, the SNES Classic will keep you gaming for a long time to come. The game library gives you access to some of the original consoles best and most iconic titles. The games look beautiful in HD and the new rewind function will give you the edge you need to beat some of the more challenging games on the system. As a big fan of the original Super Nintendo, I think the SNES Classic is fantastic addition to the Nintendo family and I look forward to playing through it’s amazing library.
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