Nintendo may have discontinued its NES Classic, but it recently announced the Super Nintendo Classic (or SNES Classic), which will be out on September 29 for $80.
The lineup is a bit fewer this time around, however. The NES Classic had 30 games in all, while the SNES Classic will have 21, which includes classics like Earthbound, Final Fantasy III, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Secret of Mana.
SNES Classic games
Unlike the NES Classic, however, the SNES Classic’s lineup is full of excellent games that hold up until today. Here’s the complete list:
- 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
- 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
How to unlock Star Fox 2
The most exciting part of the SNES Classic is Star Fox 2, which has never been released on any gaming system. Nintendo oddly cancelled the game after it was completed. You can’t play it out of the box, however: you’ll have to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock Star Fox 2.
From the press release: “Even for super fans who have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game will offer them something entirely new to enjoy – if they can unlock it by proving their skills in the original Star Fox game. (Well, they only have to complete the first level – we didn’t want to make it too hard!)”
The SNES Classic comes with a charging cable, an HDMI cable, a two SNES controllers. The SNES Classic controller cable will be five feet long, which is about two feet longer than the NES Classic controller’s.
The SNES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of 2017.