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7 things to know about the new Super Nintendo Classic mini

Nintendo just packed your entire childhood into one tiny little package.

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Following last year’s wildly popular (and now-discontinued) NES Classic Edition Nintendo, the company has officially announced a new standalone miniconsole will hit the market this fall.

Here are seven things to know about the Super NES Classic (or SNES):

What is the SNES Classic?

Like its predecessor, the new console will allow players to play retro games on high-definition screens using an HDMI connection. 

Which games are included on the SNES Classic?

It comes with 21 pre-installed classic games that can be plugged into your hi-def TV with an HDMI cable.

Here’s the full list, according to Nintendo’s Monday news release:

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

When will the console be available to purchase?

The SNES Classic Edition will hit stores on Sept. 29, 2017, just in time for holiday season.

No U.S. retailers are currently taking preorders for the console.

Europe’s gamers, however, are in luck. Amazon UK has officially opened preorders for the SNES Classic.

How much will it cost?

The console, which comes with two wired Super NES Classic Controllers, an HDMI cable and a USB charging cable with AC adapter, will be sold in stores for $79.99.

How is the SNES Classic different from last year’s NES Classic?

One of the major highlights of the new console is the first official release of the game Star Fox 2.

And unlike the SNES, the NES Classic sold for $60 and gamers had to purchase $10 controllers separately. 

Will other Classic Controllers work with the SNES Classic?

Yes, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro (both designed for the Wii and Wii U) will work on the new product, according to Ars Technica.

How long will the SNES Classic be available?

Last year’s hit NES Classic Edition, which launched in November 2016, was discontinued in April 2017 due to retail shortages, leading to after-market price hikes up to $300 per box.

A Nintendo representative told The Verge the company will ship “significantly more” SNES Classics compared to the limited NES editions.

But, “at the this time,” the representative said, “we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.”

More about the SNES Classic at Nintendo.com.

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