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Thanks to the wonder that is Australia Post, most people who pre-ordered the Mini SNES will get their retro console sometime today. But as was the case with the Mini NES, the question remains: how good is the Mini SNES’s emulation?
Digital Foundry got their hands on the Mini SNES, and good news: some of the scaling issues present in the Mini NES have been fixed. The 4:3 mode in particular is a lot better to use, thanks to the addition of some interpolation that gets rid of distortion and shimmering when scrolling.
That said, the Mini SNES has some quirks of its own. It’s pretty good, but the CRT filter is a bit crap. There’s some weird visual noise that can be visible when you slow the action down, and sound playback is delayed by a few frames compared to real hardware.
All in all, the Mini SNES works well enough in practice. The sound is decent in general, mind you, and don’t forget the rewind feature that lets you roll back the last minute of gameplay.
For those getting their Mini SNES today: what will be the first three games you play? Star Fox, Star Fox 2 and F-Zero games for me.