Monday, October 7, 2019

System Review: SNES Classic Edition/Super Famicom Mini

Nintendo followed up on their popular NES Classic Edition with a system that is arguably even better than the former: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition.
The system runs on the same Allwinner R16 “system on a chip” as the NES Classic Edition, with a 1.2 gigahertz quad-core Cortex-A7 central processing unit, a 500 megahertz dual-core Mali-400 ARM graphics processing unit, 256 megabytes of random access memory, and 512 megabytes of Flash storage.
This time, however, the system comes with two controllers (although the cables are still quite short). The North American and European/Oceania versions also come with twenty of what are arguably the most classic games for the system, including Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Earthbound, Final Fantasy III (known as Final Fantasy VI in Japan), F-Zero, Kirby’s Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X, Secret of Mana, Star Fox, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Castlevania IV, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, and Star Fox 2. The latter was completed and canceled in the 1990s, and is available for the first time on the Super NES Classic Edition.
The Super Famicom Mini also contains two controllers and most of the same games, but the game list is a little different. This version contains Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI (known as Final Fantasy III outside of Japan), F-Zero, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Kirby Super Star, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X, Panel de Pon (released as Tetris Attack outside of Japan), Secret of Mana, Star Fox, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, and Star Fox 2 (the latter of which, like above, is available for the first time here).
Suffice to say, this retro micro-console is a bargain, especially considering how much some of these cartridges go for on eBay.
Final Verdict:
5 out of 5

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