As the Super Nintendo Entertainment System arrived in the US in the late summer of 1991, Bryan Adams ruled the radio, and radio was still a thing one could control. Nintendo is resurrecting the system 26 years later with a miniature Classic Edition, which includes 26 games, including a never-before-played sequel to Star Fox.
This Super NES Classic Edition, available September 29 for $80, is sure to stir plenty of feelings among a generation of console fans.
This appeal lies not only in the games, but which games-a 16-bit bonanza of classics like Super Mario World, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Mega Man X. Sega Genesis diehards would agree that it is a pretty dominant lineup. They are all six of them.
There is also an X factor in the Super NES Classic. You can play Star Fox but also get Star Fox 2 if you beat the first level. This previously unreleased game was created during the original Super NES run, so it does not follow the adventures of Fox McCloud and his crew 26 years later, ordering soup on an intergalactic retirement vessel.
For your money, the set also includes iconic RPG-style games, like Final Fantasy III and Secret of Mana. Plus, Super Punch-Out!!, Contra III, and Super Castlevania IV are reminders of their better prequels. You can revisit years of Vega-induced aggravation in Street Fighter II. Yoshi's Island is just as weird and wonderful as you remember.
Of course, all of this assumes you can get your hands on one. Given that Nintendo's previous throwback, the NES Classic, proved nigh impossible to purchase, that's not a guarantee.
It said in a statement that it plans to produce "significantly more units" of the Super NES Classic than its NES equivalent, but that doesn't guarantee wide availability. The unit will only be available through 2017, so don't wait until New Year's to get yourself one.
Nintendo is having a renaissance thanks to the early success of the Switch console, the constant selling of the NES Classic, and games like Arms, which push the boundaries of creativity. With any luck, the joy of picking up a Super NES controller for the first time a quarter-century after its release will make you forget how old that makes you feel.
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