The SNES Classic Mini is here! It’s the SNES, the greatest games console ever, but in mini form and with 21 games pre-loaded onto the damn thing! ZOMG! OMG! Amazeballs! Could there have ever been a better idea conceived ever?!
Back to our claim this is the greatest games console – this is simply down to the timeless quality of the games. The 2D, 16 bit setting has ensured the graphics have aged well, which the likes of the N64 and PlayStation haven’t enjoyed. Back in the early ‘90s, developers were absolutely at the top of their game, too, crafting unbelievable gaming experiences minus any of the modern faff about cutscenes, excessive plots, and fancy HD graphics. The latter mattered, sure, but it was the quality of the games we all discussed, and on the SNES it was masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece. Hell yeah!
The SNES Classic Mini
My word, indeed, they’re all crammed onto this thing. It’s a moment of staggering reflection when you stare at so much genius on one device – where the Hell do you begin?! We gradually began tipping out toe in and out of games, most of which we know inside out since the early 1990s. Yet, these titles are so phenomenally good, there is no repetition.
We’re not going to waste any further time here – get yourself one. Nintendo has confirmed it will be making plenty of them and into 2018, too, along with bringing the NES Mini back during summer 2018 in Europe and North America. There are no excuses – this thing may be £70 ($80, or whatever) but it’ll provide decades of enjoyment.
What do you get for you moolah, then? Well, 21 fantabulous games (some of which are the best of all time), a super cute dinky wee SNES, two controllers (important to note – you do get two of them, whereas the NES Mini only had the one), and there are a whole host of features within the games, including a rewind option which allows you to retry tricky sections where you might have died.
It’s a deliriously gorgeous and joyous little bundle of excellence – one little box with the might to provide your life with a hearty thump of positivity. We may be gushing, but it’s due to there being plenty to gush about. One of the highlights of the gaming year, the SNES Classic Mini is a triumph.
Top 5 Games
Where, exactly, do you start with 21 classic games?! For a start, we have to say this is a, largely, exceptional collection of classics. Whilst we’re disappointed Donkey Kong Country made it on (rather than one of its superior sequels), the most shocking loss is the staggering genius of Chrono Trigger. A real shame. We can’t complain too much, though… just look at our top five recommendations (note, the below trailers are taken from Wii U and iPhone editions).
Super Mario Kart
Instantly accessible, brilliant fun, addictive, hilarious, and featuring a 2 player mode, this is still, for us, the second-best Mario Kart game ever (with Mario Kart 8 owning that title). Super Mario Kart hit the shelves in 1992 as the first instalment in the series and was an immediate triumph, kickstarting Nintendo’s legendary series. Play it! A lot.
Super Mario World
Still seen by some as the best 2D Mario game (we disagree on that, though), this masterpiece launched with the SNES, back in an era when games consoles used to arrive with a game worth buying. Super Mario World is charming, brilliant, instantly accessible, and epic – a fine example as to why retro games remain so popular.
Flat out one of the greatest, and most influential, games of all time, Super Metroid is not only a stunning masterpiece, it also inspired a young generation of developers who have since gone on to populate the modern era of gaming with dozens of Metroidvania classics. Thank you, Super Metroid!
Secret of Mana
Much beloved, to the extent it’s getting a complete remake, this beautiful RPG is bloody beautiful. The graphics are stunning, story captivating, and it features one of the all time great video game soundtracks. Secret of Mana – it’s no secret it’s manaficent (magnificent).
Charming, gorgeous, joyous, and bloody harmonious, this slice of sheer brilliance arrived late in the SNES’ life, but its subtly sedate pace and reversal of Super Mario World (which it’s the sequel to) made some baulk. Yoshi’s Island is 2D platforming heaven, though,
Addendum: Star Fox 2
Also included on this fabulous product is Star Fox 2, which was largely completed by Nintendo in 1995 but never released. However, it’s made its way, for the first time, to the SNES Mini and everyone now has a chance to play it. Hurray! It’s not exactly met with storming reviews, but they’ve been above average and, heck, we’ve enjoyed our experience on it so far.
Addendum 2: Super Play
To wrap things up on this super special weekend, a super special edition of legendary UK games magazine Super Play was launched with this month’s Retro Gamer. This magazine was revolutionary back in the day, as it introduced Japanese Magna and animation (previously largely unknown to most in the West) and artist Wil Overton came up with some incredible, hand-drawn fronts covers. Super Play, simply put, stood out a country mile at newsagent stands!
It’s back for a one off and reviews, rather harshly we must admit, all 21 games on the SNES Mini. If you want a copy, you can order it on Retro Gamer’s website. Why not, eh? It’ll be a collector’s edition in a decade!