The NES Classic was a massive hit when it released last November. Bundling over 20 beloved titles, the miniature console routinely sold out, which lead to widespread retailer hunts and sky-high price gouging from re-sellers. Nintendo abruptly called off production of the still-in-demand mini-console earlier this year to the dismay and bewilderment of those who hadn't secured a box.
This lead to assumptions/rumors that the move was done so that the company could prep for a Super Nintendo version. Whether or not that exact reasoning is true remains to be seen, but Nintendo confirmed today that the Super NES classic is happening, and it's arriving September 29. At $79.99, the box bundles a who's-who of 16-bit treasures.
The biggest surprise is that Star Fox 2, the legendary unreleased sequel to Fox McCloud's debut adventure, is included. The highly-anticipated follow-up was fully completed but cancelled prior to launch due to the impending arrival of the Nintendo 64. It's appearance on the Super SNES Classic Edition marks the game's first official release, meaning the vintage collection technically features one "brand-new" title.
Here's the full list of the Super NES Classic Edition's 21 titles:
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy III
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Course
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox 2
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 Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Like the NES Classic, the mini-SNES can be plugged into a TV via an HDMI (cable included), and the box comes with one USB charge cable with an AC adapter, and two controllers (hopefully with longer wires than the NES Classic).
Retailer and pre-order information are not available at this time. It remains to be seen if Nintendo will produce enough of Super NES Classics to meet what will surely be a rabid demand or if it will be billed as a limited collector's item. Are you excited about the Super NES? Are you prepared for the fight that may very well come with trying to obtain one?
Update: Nintendo reached out to Kotaku to clarify their intentions regarding the number of SNES Classic units produced. Comment is as follows:
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.