It seemed inevitable after the insanely successful [and regrettably short-lived] launch of the NES Classic Edition, but for a while we had only rumors that Nintendo would be launching an SNES successor to the mini “plug-and-play” styled console.

Now, it’s official. In a surprise announcement minutes ago the rumors were put to rest with the reveal of the SNES Classic Edition.

Not only will you be able to play twenty classic SNES games such as A Link to the Past this September, but the mini console will include the never-before-released Star Fox 2, making the SNES Classic the first time the game has been available anywhere. That alone may be worth the $79.99 price. The other games include:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • 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
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • 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

Europeans will be receiving the same selection of games, however their console will have the more “superior” design, as Nibel on Twitter put it.

The question on everyone’s minds (aside from whether or not to import the European version) is, Will the SNES Classic Edition suffer from the same stock issues? The NES Classic Edition was released in November and sold out almost instantly, never to be restocked before its discontinuation. We can only hope Nintendo isn’t looking for a quick push for sales this time around, and will have plenty of stock available at least through to the end of the holiday shopping season.

Are you already making plans to pick up an SNES Classic? Let us know!

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  • NovaXaylos

    The Star Fox 2 inclusion seems strange. The game was never said to be finished, so I’m assuming this means they finished development on the game, but all we ever saw were beta builds? I personally never got ahold of a Rom of the game(Didn’t like the Star Fox games on SNES) But it’s strange to see. Obviously they wouldn’t pull roms off the internet somewhere, so perhaps they just made the choice to not release the game for another reason as well. Still, hoping this is a little more long lived than the NES Classic. Would’ve liked to get my hand on that as well.

    • Nowhere Man

      It was fully completed and set to release in 1996. N64 was originally supposed to release around that time, and since SNES 3D was so much worse than PS1 and Saturn, wanted to make one for N64 instead.

    • SpadeWilson

      Actually, having made an account to respond to this, Nintendo in fact DOES literally take roms off the internet and repackage/sell them. This was proven by data miners discovering unique cartridge codes (or whatever the technical term here is) were 100% identical on virtual console versions of games found on other rom sites. You can look it up for more info, but I found it both disgusting and hilarious at the same time. They berate people for keeping these old games ‘archived’ digitally but then turn around and profit from them happily.

  • Tim

    It’ll just be the Classic NES again. Scalpers have already flooded the pre-order sites and will buy up the 5 units per store that Nintendo sends out like last time. No thank you.

  • Alex

    It lacks Chrono Trigger and Terranigma!

    • Dreamwalker

      And Super Mario All-Stars…

  • “Superior design confirmed for europe” that’s a matter of opinion buddy. I quite happy with the one we’re getting and while I may be in the minority, I actually liked the Controller color scheme we had.

    Though as far as this Classic edition goes, I find the lower number of packed in games than the NES version to be disappointing….though nine of this will matter if Nintendo keeps the shipments as small with this one as they did with the NES version.

  • Kratos

    that bad boy will look great sitting beside my mini nes. mario all stars and earthworm jim would have been nice to have but i’ll get along just fine with those 21 games.