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Super NES Classic Edition Is Coming This Fall With a Previously Unreleased Game & 20 More

Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition was a big hit during the last holiday season, quickly selling out and making scalpers tons of money. Shortly thereafter, rumors sprung up that Nintendo, encouraged by that success, was already working on a Super NES version for the following year. The all-but-inevitable has now come to pass with the official announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition.

Like the NES version before it, the Super NES Classic comes with a set of preloaded SNES games and is capable of outputting them in high definition for your modern viewing pleasure. Compared to the 30 games on the NES edition, the SNES Classic’s 21-game library is a bit smaller, but it’s packing an unexpected surprise: the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, the sequel to the SNES original. If that’s not already enough for you, here’s the rest of the game lineup:

• Contra III: The Alien Wars
• Donkey Kong Country
• EarthBound
• 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
• 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

In the press release, Nintendo of America Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser (yes, really) pitched the SNES Classic not only as nostalgic, but also as a great opportunity for younger games who never got to experience some of these classics. I’d like to take this time to point out that it’s also a great opportunity for gamers who came down on the Sega Genesis side of the storied ’90s console war to go back and see what they might have been missing (speaking from personal experience).

The SNES classic is a bit more expensive at $79.99 to the NES Classic’s $59.99, but you won’t notice the difference while you’re paying $500 on eBay. Happy hunting when the new mini retro console hits store shelves on September 29!

(image: Nintendo)

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