[Editorial] Unboxing the SNES Mini!


Hello guys!

FINALLY the day has come and the wait is over. Like Mario when he found the Princess after hearing a thousand times that she was in another castle, today, after a wait of months and months I’ve received from Game Stop my pre-ordered copy of the shiny brand new SNES Mini, formally Nintendo Classic: SNES Mini.

As you can see from the box (and as you know from last month’s hype) the console features 20 classic games plus the unreleased Starfox 2 that lied dormant in Nintendo Archives since the early 90s and finally sees the light.

Unboxing something is always a wonderful feeling but unboxing an official reproduction of something with such and historical value, in the year of the 25th anniversary of the real SNES (here’s my piece about it) it’s something hard to describe.

Like I child the Christmas morning I unwrapped (veeeeer carefull) my new console and I asked with heart shaped eyes to my gf if I could have played a bit with it. It looked like I’ve been back to my pre-teens years asking my mom to play 5 minutes more. 🙂

I gave a quick look to all the games featured and as you may imagine, all of them look great thanks to the polished visuals enhanced by the use of the HDMI interface. Some o he games included are a completely new for me. For example I’ve never played Contra III, but I knew it would have been one of “my” games, having loved Probotector first (the european version of Contra) and Super C after (and actually I love also Contra III). With the SNES Mini I can finally now play Earthbound, a game I was very curious to try that I’ve never got since the insane price it’s sold online nowadays; I’ve tried also Secret of Mana that is one of the games I was close to buy many and many times but actually never got.

By the way, for the ones that still don’t know the games included here’s the list:

  • Contra III The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI in Giappone)
  • 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

If you need to know more about the games some good reads are Retro Gamer #171 and #172 (this one comes with a special Super Play issue)

Regarding the “hardware” it’s clear that Nintendo put a particular care in the design of the console. everything looks perfect, the plastics are very good and the whole thing looks very solid. Even the controllers are a perfect reproduction of the original ones, with the D-pad and START/SELECT buttons made with the same soft rubber they use for the original SNES pads. The jacks to connect them this time are hidden and you need to open up a small port: it’s a bit flimsy but it’s nothing that compromize the playability.

Luckily this time Nintendo bundled the console with tho controllers with longer cords (even though a bit longer cords could have been better).

So what to say about it? As far as I’m concerned nothing more. Now Im busy to play…

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. thedeviot says:

    Are fans as crazed in your area s they are mine? Droves of people sat outside Best Buy overnight to get these things. Glad you were able to score one.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Luckily for me in Italy the retrogaming community is not so wide and hardened. To give an example last year I was able to buu a NES Mini even after the release without many problems. I think here it would be quite easy to find one even now. You want me to check for you?

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      1. thedeviot says:

        Oh that’s kind of you but not necessary. I was just kind of interested in seeing how the reception has been in other parts of the world. Here, even though it’s already obvious there are far more SNES minis than there were NES minis, people are still boasting about finding 6 of them to flip online for hundreds. So I didn’t know if that was as common in Italy.

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      2. benez256 says:

        Maybe we have some scalper too but I don’t think as many as elsewhere in the world. I’m glad some of the NES Mini scalpers are now crying since Nintendo will put the console on sale again…

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    2. They were here! I missed out on a ticket for one by 5 people this morning. Fortunately, later I snagged one online in the 3 minute window they were in stock… wow.

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      1. benez256 says:

        Wow, three minutes? With the speed if my near-to-death smartphone in that time I could barely open the website homepage…

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      2. thedeviot says:

        The craze is real! Though I suppose there’s always been crazes throughout my life time. I remember as a kid back around ’82 seeing mothers in Times Square on the news fighting over Cabbage Patch Kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sOlIvx7Pvs

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