Nintendo Announces SNES Classic, Which Comes With 21 Stellar Games [Updated]

Forget the NES Classic — this is the vintage system we've been waiting for. Nintendo today announced the Super Nintendo Classic, which will come with 21 games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2.

Update 9:22AM: Australian pricing and availability has now been announced:

The Nintendo SNES Classic Will Cost $119.95 In Australia

Nintendo Australia has confirmed that the SNES Mini Classic will cost $119.95 in Australia.

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The lineup, which is excellent, also includes Earthbound, Final Fantasy 3, Link to the Past and Secret of Mana. And Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country and holy crap this thing is going to be impossible to get at a store without gouging someone's eyes out, isn't it?

Unlike the NES Classic, the SNES Classic's lineup is full of genuine masterpieces that have all aged well. There isn't a single bad game on this thing (assuming Star Fox 2 is as solid as the first one). Here's the full list:

  • Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy 3
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox (originally released as Starwing in Australia)
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania 4
  • 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

Oddly, Nintendo says you'll have to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock Star Fox 2. From the press release: "Even for super fans who have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game will offer them something entirely new to enjoy — if they can unlock it by proving their skills in the original Star Fox game. (Well, they only have to complete the first level — we didn't want to make it too hard!)"

The system also comes with an HDMI cable, a charging cable, and two SNES controllers so you can beat up your friends in Street Fighter. The SNES Classic controller cable will be 1.5m, Nintendo tells Kotaku — for comparison, that's about 60cm longer than the NES Classic controller's short cord.

And here's Nintendo, confirming that the company does plan to ship more SNES Classics, but only this year.

We aren't providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.

Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content.

Update: Good news! There's a European SNES Mini version, and it looks, well, much better:

Image: Nintendo


    We aren't providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition.

    So ..... 14 as oppose to 9 for the whole of North America?

      I always thought that with the Mini NES they should have put one of those collector labels on each one so you knew which one out of the 500 you had.

        Not to be overly cheeky, but I think the reason they didn't put those labels on is they didn't have 500 to begin with.


    I really look forward to the Mini SNES. Although, I hope they've increased the length of cable from console to controller.

      It literally states how long it will be in the article.

        Haha, my bad. I wrote my comment after reading the list of games.

    Aww... I wanted the PAL version...

      Probably will. They released the famicom mini in japan, no reason they would'nt distribute region appropriate hardware.

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        It's still being loaded with NTSC ROMs though.

          Mentioned nothing about software in my post.

            ...that's really weird. Your post wasn't edited when I made my post, and while I can't remember what it said instead I swear it didn't say what it does now. I'm confused :P

              Yeah did'nt edit that one. If i did without stating it, it would of been a tiny typo.

    No Rock n' Roll Racing?


      The best game. Blizzard knocked that out of the park before they even were Blizzard.

        Not to mention the 8bit version of Black Sabbath on the soundtrack!


        It should have been on the list.

    21 is not just the number of games. But the number of units that will be shipped worldwide.

    It's a small, but solid list.

    Being said, built a Lakka Pie in a NES case when the first NES classics were hard to find, and probably don't understand what its really going to bring over that.

    I never had a NES growing up, so when the NES Mini was released, I was like "meh". This SNES Mini however is ticking all of the nostalgia boxes. Definite want.

    I suppose the N64 mini will be next year? I imagine that controller would be a little more difficult/expensive to manufacture.

    With the SNES mini, does the controller have the ability to attach to the wii remote? I've already got a SNES controller for wii that I scored through the Nintendo Club.

      It looks like they are using original cable connections that the SNES used looking closely to the box art and device, which will be good for people whom own original controllers.

        Yeah I'm interested in how they're doing this too. Can we use original controllers? Or is it going to be some weird thing? Any more details @alexwalker?

          Hopefully we'll get more later today. This is pretty fresh right now.


              looking at the email i received from eb games, the ports are very similar, but smaller, so probably proprietary ports to the console which use the same design as the original controllers but too small for the use of og controllers.

                That's what I'm starting to think too.

            From a post on a different news website, it looked like the front controller port section is just for show and opens up so you can plug the controllers in. The controller ports looked like the wii ports from the NES Mini

          I don't think the ports on the mini nes were the same size as a nes for controllers, if that's the case I would expect the mini snes to be the same - remember, it's a *mini*

            The ports on the NES Mini are Wii connector size (don't know the official name for it), which isn't too different to the original NES size. I'm just going on pictures of the console, but the front photos of the NES Mini made it obvious what the controller ports were, but the photos currently out for the SNES Mini don't. But you're right, SNES controller connectors were relatively wide, so we'll just have to see.

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    May as well start loading the web page now for a better chance at grabbing it.



    Can't wait to crack it like the mini nes and get all those other fantastic titles:
    Rock n Roll Racing and Shadowrun are must haves!

      Here's to hoping there's 4GB of storage on board.

    Longer cables, full sized controllers, and a bunch of very playable classics. I skipped the nes because it's just on the wrong side of old, but this is great.

    Just need the proper styling on the case, the US model is fugly.

    Oh, and I'm slightly losing my mind that starfox 2 is included. An exclusive, on a retro console, which was utterly abandoned over twenty years ago.

    Nintendo is so all over the place.

      I can't believe it. And it seems like nobody's talking about it either.


      And not only that, Earthbound and SMRPG. I can go into a PAL-region store and buy all those games together. Never would have believed it :P


    I'm tempted to try and get the Japanese model like before.

    I like classic games, but I'm not leaving myself open to the stocking games Nintendo played before.

    Pretty good line up of games. Would have been insanely out of this world if Chrono Trigger was in the line up. But meh... I'll take it!

    This is far better than the NES Mini - seems like Nintendo have learnt quite a few lessons from it for the SNES: Longer cables, included AC adapter and an increased production run. Our SNES is starting to have graphical glitches and other issues even after a deep clean so I'm keen to get this day one.

      It doesn't include the ac adapter, that's extra. But I suspect a lot of people, myself included, have a few of those laying around the house from various phones and other devices, so won't need to buy one just for this.

      If it will run off the power from the TV's USB port, even better.

      Yeah but there's only 21 games. Why? The Classic NES included 30 games and the SNES has a MUCH larger catalogue of awesome games. If anything, I would have expected the Classic SNES to have MORE games than the Classic NES - perhaps 40 of them, not LESS games.

      I mean you look at the Classic NES and can't really think of many notable omissions. Can't say the same here. This list is solid, sure, but there's so many great games missing. DKC but not DKC2 (or 3)? No Killer Instinct, Castlevania Dracula X, Mortal Kombat II, Tetris Attack, Chrono Trigger (seriously WTF WHERE'S CHRONO TRIGGER?!?!?!?!), Unirally, TMNT: Turtles in Time, The Lost Vikings 1 and 2, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, Blackthorne, Flashback, Jurassic Park, Super Bomberman 3 (or 5, both are good), Super Smash TV, Illusion of Time/Gaia, Soul Blazer, Terranigma, Seiken Densetsu 3...

      I'll stop there but yeah I think 21 games isn't enough for such a classic system like this. Unlike the NES Classic, I REALLY hope there's an ability to purchase and download more games for this thing.

        It's a value proposition that you need to decide for yourself. For me it's plenty. While of course I would have liked DKC2 and 3, Chrono Trigger plus a few more, what's there is enough. Now if there were only 10 games I'd be re-evaluating but personally, it's enough for me (and I imagine many others).

          Well, I have pre-ordered it, so I will get the system. But that doesn't mean I can't wish they had included more than they did. Leaving off Chrono Trigger in particular was a massive oversight imo. I would have swapped that for Earthbound in an instant personally.

        Chrono Trigger has been released on IOS and Android, I have a feeling that's why it's not in this list.

        Most of the games youve listed have IPs that aren't owned by nintendo... why pay royalties when they don't have to?

          Square/Squaresoft already have games included, and also remember Enix is part of Square now. Rare/Rareware and Konami also have games already included. Between those, that covers the majority of the games I listed.

            Which Rare games are included outside of DKC though? That one's an outlier in that it's Nintendo-owned, unlike the other stuff that ended up in Rare Replay.

              Maybe KI would be a stretch, sure, but there's no reason why they couldn't include DKC2 and DKC3.

    No Chrono or FFVI? Sacrilege!

      Keep in mind that FF6 was named FF3 before FF7 dropped in the west...

      But agreed on Chrono!

    Super Metroid and ALTTP? Shut up and take my money!

    And wasn't Starfox 2 unfinished?

    Also here's hoping the games list can be expanded. Would love to have DKC2/3 and Chrono on the system

      Starfox 2 was pretty much 100% finished, but then never saw the light of day until people started selling Reproduction carts (Reprogramming existing carts with a new game rom), so its a nice little fan service that they're doing here.

        The ROMs that are out there are earlier unfinished versions apparently, so this should be the real deal.

      Apparently it got cancelled at around 95% completion, but the devs still pushed it to 100% and even got it run through QA. So there has been a complete master copy floating around at Nintendo, and it even got carted out for the guys to play again when developing Star Fox Command.

    eBay scalpers in 3...2...1..

    But seriously, only 21 games from so many awesome titles? I want all the donkey kong countries, mario all stars, super star wars, bubsy....ok maybe plok?

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    Disappointed that there is no point me getting this. It would be awesome, but Nintendo forced my hand on buying a raspberry pi after my preorder on the NES was cancelled due to no more shipments.

      Yep same story here. Don't regret it though, as like you, I have a much larger selection of games to now choose from.

      Worth it for SF2 alone. I am spinning floor circles here.

        I hope you enjoy it. I am happy with SF643D.

          More apt comparison would be Star Fox Command, really.

          The worst part of SF643D is the circle pads just suuuuuck compared to a real controller. Pretty as it looks it'll always be Lylat Wars on top for me.

            Well I don't have Command or Lylat Wars, hence the comparison.

    Now it's only a matter of time before we get the N64 Classic muahahaha

    This looks great, but I hope they rerelease the Mini NES Classic.

    Can pre order on EB site now

    Go people go!!!!!

    Last edited 27/06/17 9:28 am

    i'm hoping the mod community get their dirty hands all over this.
    hopefully it is modifiable and the on board memory is substantial.
    I would buy this just to mod and play Chrono Trigger!

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