Nintendo's 'SNES Classic' Announced, Includes Star Fox 2 and 20 More Games

The next in Nintendo's minature console line features a slate of 21 games, including some rarities, for $79.99.

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Nintendo has announced the SNES Classic Edition, another miniaturized plug-and-play console pre-loaded with a host of games from its 16-bit era. To sweeten the pot this time, the line-up includes some rare and never-released games.

It will come loaded with 21 games in all–venerated Nintendo classics like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World right alongside third-party games like Mega Man X, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 3. For fans of game history, the SNES Classic includes Star Fox 2, the sequel that was developed but never actually released during the SNES era. 

SNES Classic will launch on September 29 for $79.99. It will also come with not one but two Super NES styled controllers, to accommodate the two-player games included in the set like Contra 3: The Alien Wars and Street Fighter 2.

We had previously heard rumors of the SNES Classic Edition, which we concluded made sense as the explanation for Nintendo's plan to discontinue the wildly successful NES Classic. Now we know it was true. Check below for the full line-up of games:

  • 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
  • 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 Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!! 
  • Yoshi’s Island
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      June 26, 2017 9:18 AM

      Another thing to collect dust, if you can find it.
      Give me Virtual Console on Switch or I won't spend any money on this junk.

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        June 26, 2017 9:22 AM

        Something similar to Virtual Console is coming and if it does come why would you then spend money on this? Seems like an odd threat to make.

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          June 26, 2017 10:25 AM

          Is it coming? Have they confirmed it? I don't recall seeing anything.

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        June 26, 2017 9:31 AM

        So few details on Virtual Console thus far and no SNES games announced. If you want a quick way to play SNES games on your TV and don't want to deal with emulators on your PC, this is your best bet. $80 is a good price for this games list + hardware.

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          June 26, 2017 10:00 AM

          An android TV box with bluetooth+8bitdo controller and retroarch > these one off nintendo boxes. every time.

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            June 26, 2017 10:49 AM

            If you want two controllers I think the Super NES Classic might come out ahead on price. Those 8bitdo controllers aren't cheap, though they are wireless which is pretty nice.

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              June 26, 2017 12:02 PM

              Yeah. And frankly $80 for the console, gamepads, and 20 games of that quality is a fantastic deal.

              If you can get ahold of one there's very little reason not to go with it.

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        June 26, 2017 12:52 PM

        I think they're just going to do a netflix style virtual console with their subscription service

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        June 26, 2017 4:11 PM

        Why would it collect dust? You know exactly what games it has. If you're not gonna play them, don't buy it, obviously.

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      June 26, 2017 9:20 AM

      That's a pretty solid list. I might replace one of the Kirby games with Chrono, but I can't really complain about any of those choices.

      And Starfox 2 is just super surprising.

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        June 26, 2017 9:31 AM

        kirby's dream course seems like the weird one that could have been something else. kirby super star is the one you'd want on there with traditional kirby platforming.

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          June 26, 2017 10:01 AM

          Dream Course is amazing. It's a severely underrated game

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          June 26, 2017 10:33 AM

          Honestly I'd have traded out Super Ghoul's 'n Ghosts for a Shmup or something as well, it was popular at the time but is kind of a shitty game to play nowadays.

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            June 26, 2017 10:55 AM

            you can play a shmup on any platform and they're all basically the same though. no loss imo

            what were the really good ones on SNES?

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              June 26, 2017 10:57 AM

              You had Cybernator, Gradius III, and Super R-Type from what I remember the most.

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                June 26, 2017 11:55 AM

                R-Type 3 was a graphical powerhouse and really awesome from a presentation standpoint.

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              June 26, 2017 11:55 AM

              They're very much not all the same. If you're not a fan of the genre, fine, but that's no less silly than claiming all platformers or all fighters are the same.

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      June 26, 2017 9:23 AM

      If they'd make more than 30 of them I'd be interested. I agree with Boarder2, though in that I'd rather have this stuff on VC on the switch/3ds/etc.

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        June 26, 2017 9:31 AM

        The 3DS already has a lot of these on its VC, and the Switch games service is coming; Nintendo has already said that. They just aren't announcing details until it's ready.

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          June 26, 2017 12:58 PM

          No - go back to the E3 Reggie chat we had in here. He walked back any commitment to the VC on the switch.

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            June 26, 2017 1:32 PM

            Eh, I disagree with that reading of it.

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      June 26, 2017 9:24 AM

      No Metal Warriors :(

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      June 26, 2017 9:28 AM

      wow, those are a lot of games with substance too.

      super mario RPG is pretty much the best mario game ever made

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      June 26, 2017 9:32 AM

      This is literally everything I wanted.

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      June 26, 2017 9:42 AM

      I really want this to be released as a Game/App for Switch instead, but they know they could make way more off of it a la carte :(

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      June 26, 2017 9:45 AM

      No Chrono Trigger but awesome list

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        June 26, 2017 12:48 PM

        Yep. It leaves a big gap, seeing the other square games in there, but the collection they put together is still amazing.

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      June 26, 2017 10:35 AM

      Any news on how long the cords are on the controllers?

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      June 26, 2017 11:42 AM

      Imo the only thing missing from this list is Chrono Trigger, Super R Type, and Soul Blazer. Then it'd be perfect.

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        June 26, 2017 12:52 PM

        Also Gradius III

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        June 26, 2017 1:02 PM

        Honestly It could be longer as there are plenty of quality games on the SNES.
        I wish it had TMNT: Turtles in TIme as IMHO it's the best Beat'em up on the SNES and this little box has no Beat'em Ups.

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          June 26, 2017 1:46 PM

          Yeah, considering how many were on there TMNT: TiT would've been a great addition.

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          June 26, 2017 2:18 PM

          Yeah, or final fight. Good point

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        June 26, 2017 1:06 PM

        Actraiser should be on there.

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        June 26, 2017 1:11 PM

        DKC2. They should let the putrid shit of Yoshi's world out

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          June 26, 2017 1:11 PM

          Also, Kirby not really needed

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            June 26, 2017 1:38 PM

            I'd sooner have street fighter 2 and contra 3 out before Yoshi's Island or Kirby Superstar.

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            June 26, 2017 1:49 PM

            I haven't played the Dreamland entry but I agree that both aren't necessary. KSS is probably the best Kirby ever so that one really should stay in.

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          June 26, 2017 1:48 PM

          Yoshi's Island is one of the best 2D platformers ever. It's sad that the series hasn't been able to live up to it since then and I honestly am glad that it's there as opposed to DKC2 (which I'm a bit sad they don't have in there, but it does have the original so I think I'll be ok).

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            June 26, 2017 4:01 PM

            Wooly World is very good, but yeah, took them 20 years to make something else good in the series.

            I also wish DKC2 was in there

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              June 26, 2017 4:02 PM

              I've got and played Wooly World, it is good, but I still think YI is the best in series. WW easily slips into 2nd there.

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                June 26, 2017 5:04 PM

                YI is hands down the best in the series while WW is a worthy follow up. Lots of bad sequels in between unfortunately

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                  June 26, 2017 5:31 PM

                  I bought the N64 one.. That was such a turd. :(

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                    June 26, 2017 5:40 PM

                    Sadly. Also, most N64 games are turds :(

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                      June 26, 2017 7:01 PM

                      ^^^ everybody else is wrong

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                      June 26, 2017 9:13 PM

                      Figuring out how to move in 3D and not with a mouse + keyboard took a whole generation.

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                        June 26, 2017 9:15 PM

                        The core games were good, but outside of that the technology and knowhow just weren't there yet. I can say the same for the Playstation. Things hadn't really been hashed out until the Gamecube/PS2 era. Awkward puberty of console gaming, etc

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                          June 26, 2017 9:17 PM

                          Exactly. I feel like the N64/Sega Saturn/PS1 era was basically the same for 3D gaming as the Atari era was for 2D gaming.

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                          June 26, 2017 9:17 PM

                          I have to agree. PC games during that era were light-years past. And not like now where they are just prettier with better framerates. You look at the FPS lineup on N64 and PSX compared to PC and it wasn't even close 1996-2000, just another world.

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                            June 26, 2017 9:26 PM

                            No one had figured out a close enough approximation. Golden Eye was great because it gave the "console gaming masses" a taste of what LAN parties were back then. At the time all prior attempts (see Wolf3D and Doom in particular) ported quite poorly compared to their original PC versions.

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                              June 26, 2017 9:29 PM

                              Golden Eye was great for consoles. And Mario / Zelda / Metal Gear / FFVII were all great.

                              But PCs were getting GL Quake World, Duke 3d, Command and Conquer, Warcraft II, Total Annihilation, Half-Life, etc. The level of sophistication was unmatched, at the time.

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                                June 26, 2017 9:31 PM

                                I was just talking about FPS's. Outside of that you basically had western RPGs on PC and JRPGs on consoles. You don't hear about PC only platformers or anything like that of that era because Commander Keen couldn't compare to Mario. Certain control schemes just work better for certain game designs. They never got RTSs working well on consoles, for instance.

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                            June 26, 2017 9:51 PM

                            They were and they weren't. Very important things like analog stick movement, z-trigger lock-on, and complex 3D dungeons were figured out by Nintendo.

                            PC had FPS nailed down but third person movement and console shooter mechanics were nailed down by Super Mario 64 and Ocarina Of Time. Its kind of insane that the mechanics of Navi the fairy is used by nearly every console shooter and 3D RPG to this day.

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          June 26, 2017 11:37 PM

          DKC2 was so good.

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        June 26, 2017 3:59 PM

        UN Squadron, Rock n Roll Racing

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        June 26, 2017 7:00 PM

        Tetris Attack

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          June 26, 2017 7:14 PM

          JP version is getting Panel De Pon. The trademark on the name is preventing Tetris Attack from being released on the virtual console. Even the Wii which had an insane VC library didn't get that game.

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      June 26, 2017 1:49 PM

      SOLD!

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      June 26, 2017 2:18 PM

      That's a good list. I'll grab one

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      June 26, 2017 3:24 PM

      If I can easily grab one on Amazon when I remember that I actually want one, I will buy one.

      I'm not going to go crazy to find one though.

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      June 26, 2017 4:37 PM

      Sold. Sold so fucking hard.

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      June 26, 2017 4:55 PM

      Two official SNES controllers?!?!
      Mario/Zelda/Metroid/FF3/Street Fighter 2?!?!
      WTF?!?!?!?!

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      June 26, 2017 5:42 PM

      this thing is going to be impossible to find when it comes out.

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      June 26, 2017 6:02 PM

      The device itself doesn't really interest me because I already have plenty of ways to play snes games (including original hardware), but I'd be really interested in getting the controllers. There's plenty of knockoffs but none of them compare to the original.

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      June 26, 2017 7:06 PM

      Wow, Star Fox 2?!

      And SSFII Turbo is one of my all-time faves. That, Mario Kart, and Super Mario World make this pretty attractive.

      But I was really hoping for Tetris Attack.

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      June 26, 2017 10:20 PM

      I feel like that machine should come with at least twice as many games if not more.