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Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Nellie Chapman | 28 September, 2017, 08:30

While most modern TVs admittedly have a USB slot built-in, for those still clinging to older models, powering the SNES Classic might be a bit of a nuisance. Once again, you can apply visual filters to games, from a CRT flicker to pixel-perfect presentations taking advantage of the full 1080p high definition afforded by HDMI output.

One is called Rewind, which lets players back up a minute or so in a game to restart hard challenges. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one, you'll likely find it to be a highly-enjoyable and well-made recreation of the classic console.

What makes this miniature SNES so much more appealing is the selection of heavy hitters Nintendo has packaged with it - Star Fox, Final Fantasy VI (listed as Final Fantasy III) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past to name just a few. The software, however, goes beyond emulation, as it also mimics the add-on processors of specific SNES games such as the Super FX and Super FX2 chips for Star Fox and its sequel and the SA1 CPU upgrade for Super Mario RPG. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island has also aged pretty well.

Racing fans have two all-time classics to contend with, in the form of Super Mario Kart and F-Zero. Nintendo again opts not to include a plug, so you'll need to source a spare micro-USB cable and mains adaptor to actually power it.

Nintendo has always tried to faithfully recreate their titles when emulating (it's part of the reason Virtual Console releases are slow) and these titles are faithful recreations of the originals, except for the fact they thankfully now run on 60Hz.

All of us - everyone here at Gamereactor and each of you - will have grown up with Nintendo in our lives to some degree. Thankfully, everything is A-OK here, and Nintendo has even managed to increase the length of the cable compared to what was found in the NES Classic Edition.

For retro gamers and Nintendo fans, the SNES Mini has turned out to be yet another must-have accessory, but we think there'll also be plenty of people beyond the niche band of classics-lovers out there who'll want to pick up this collection of timeless games.

At least the controller cables, which are also around 1.52m, are longer than they were for the NES Classic. There are still no details on the storage capacity of the SNES Classic. With restore points (custom save points) returning once again, and the option to play in pixel flawless HD or a grainy CRT mode, the SNES Mini offers a refreshingly accessible way to play some of gaming's greatest gems.

On the other hand, there are some serious omissions here. Couldn't they fit in a couple of the Super Nintendo's clever action-RPGs, like Actraiser or Illusion of Gaia?

There are a couple more key Nintendo franchises represented, notably Donkey Kong Country, which still looks and plays great, even after all these years. Before we get onto why the game is worth a punt when you boot up that shiny new SNES Mini, it's worth exploring exactly what made it - and its forerunner, 1993's Star Fox (known as Starwing in Europe at the time of release due to the similarity of the name to a German company called StarVox) is so important in the grand scheme of things. First: "The SNES had some of the best games of all time; this is going to be awesome!" The general build quality and feel aren't far off from the original SNES pad - the D-pad and buttons may be a little spongier, although it's been a long time since I played on a SNES - but they're definitely full-sized and are comfortable to play with for long durations.

The SNES Classic does everything it promises to do. As both a collector's item and a regular addition to anyone's gaming rotation, it is superb. There's no filler here, every game on the platform is a must play.