The Mini SNES Runs Ridge Racer Better Than The PS Classic

The PlayStation Classic hasn't had the best of launches, in part due to some of the games running slower, and a lower frame rate, than what they should be. Fortunately, there's a solution: running those same games on the mini SNES.

YouTuber 8 Bit Flashback fired up Ridge Racer Type 4 on the PS Classic and the Mini SNES (or SNES Classic), with the latter using PCSX ReARMed open-source emulator. That's the same emulator that the PS Classic uses too, as revealed by the licenses listed in the PS Classic's menu.

But despite having slightly beefier hardware than the Mini SNES, it's Nintendo's console that offers the smoother Ridge Racer experience. And as you can see in this side-by-side comparison, Ridge Racer goes from being a sluggish, unenjoyable experience on the PS Classic to ... well, what Ridge Racer should have always been.

Only five of the PS Classic's games are the PAL versions, but they're some of the biggest highlights for Australians: Tekken 3, Grand Theft Auto, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Jumping Flash and Cool Boarders 2. But because Sony opted to include the PAL versions, rather than the NTSC ones, the experience is vastly compromised. In some instances, like GTA, it makes the game unplayable.

But even the NTSC games - like Ridge Racer above - don't run perfectly smoothly. That's why games like Ridge Racer have uneven frame pacing and consistent jutter.

It's a shame. As Digital Foundry notes, it's a shame that the PS Classic doesn't paint its own games in the best possible light. The hardware certainly exists to do so. But on the bright side, at least we know there's other solutions for enjoying these old classics.


    I've got an un-opened mini SNES from launch, I wasn't aware it could run other emulators and stuff.
    I'll have to check this out, it might make it worth opening the box :)

      You mean other than Super Metroid alongside a slew of other classic titles that could have been given you hours of enjoyment this whole time?

      I put all of my neo geo games on mine, it runs them fantastically!

        Is this possible without soldering/stuff I can’t do?

          To add more games all you need is to plug the usb power cord into your pc and run hackchi. You can fit a tonne of SNES games on this thing.

          NeoGeo and psx games are relatively huge, but plugging a usb thumb stick and a usb OTG adapter in gives you virtually limitless storage.

          I have like 60 snes games and 40-odd neo geo games on there.

    One word. BLEEMSYNC. :)

    Then set the Region to NTSC and all games will be 60fps and run much faster.

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