Picture this if you will, the year is 1990. The world has fallen in love with video games again, largely due in part to the success of the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released a few years prior. Hype for better graphics with a new and improved looking Mario game was flooding the TV. That’s what I remember from my childhood from the commercials I would watch with my family. One Christmas, while I was opening my presents, I saw it. The new Super Nintendo system!! After being with family for a little bit my Mom hooked up the new system for my sister and myself so we could play our new toy. I remember falling in love with the new graphics and never wanting to stop playing. It truly was an amazing time to be alive as a kid in the 90s.
Jump to 2016 and the video game giant that is Nintendo announced the classic series with the NES classic. That system flew off the shelves faster than anything I had seen in recent years. The only way I could get one of those systems was if I planned on giving someone more than double than what it was originally being sold for. Yea, no. The same thing happened with the SNES classic from last year BUT Nintendo smartened up and made more! Who would have thought, make more things people like so they can buy them (duhhhhhh). For those of you who might not have gone out and picked up the SNES classic, we’re going to go into a few things here. You can then make up your mind if you should buy it or not.
Welcome Back To The 16-Bit Era
Right away you can see a huge difference between the original Super Nintendo and the Classic one. The original system is gargantuan compared to the classic series system. You can see the difference in size between these pictures of my original SNES next to the Classic series SNES. For those of you who might not know why the older system is yellow, it’s because of the type of plastic that was used to make the systems back then. A lot of SNES systems nowadays appear more yellow than gray. Due to the oxidation process in the chemicals that are in the plastic, systems start to turn color. That’s a conversation for another day though, moving on!
The details on the classic SNES which make it look like it’s older brother I feel are amazing, they make you feel like someone just shrank the console to bite size. You can see that there are the two controller ports right here but no actual way to plug in the controllers. This is a cover for the actual ports inside the console. You can feel the love that was put behind the console just in that aesthetics alone, it’s a beautiful hybrid of the old and the new. Unfortunately for those who are purists, the console does not actually take mini cartridges, although I personally believe that would have been pretty cool. All the games come pre-loaded on the console itself, which does make it easier because you will not have to worry about more places to keep physical copies of games. The system comes with 21 games on board, we will be going over them as well not to worry.
The Best Controller Ever?
A lot of people consider the SNES style controller to be the best controller ever made for a system. I don’t disagree with them but I am a bit biased, so when you go and buy this you can judge yourself. The best thing is the system comes with 2 of these legendary controllers. You don’t have to worry about going out and buying another controller to play with your friends, Nintendo has your back on this one. That is a big improvement from the NES classic that only came with one controller (boo). You can see the controller is the same size as the original SNES model (pictured on the left) but feels a bit different. Now, it may be because the system is more than 20 years old, that hurt to say, but the controller for the original SNES does not feel as good as it should. You can hear the controller crack when using it, there are also noises that come from the controller when shaken as if there are pieces floating inside. This is a common occurrence from my experience playing with friends’ controllers. The worst offender is the buttons feel spongy. Again, this may all be from the age of the console and controllers. The SNES classic, however, feels great. You can feel the difference right away going between the two. The buttons feel more responsive and the overall feeling of the controller just makes me smile.
Personally, these aspects alone had me sold on the system to go out and buy it! However, there are some drawbacks to the controller as well. The biggest and most noticeable is the cord length. The cord length for the original controller is about 7.5 feet, with the new classic series system the cord length is about 4.5 feet. That’s a 3-foot difference! You have to sit closer to your TV’s and strain your eyeballs a little more. You can go out and buy a cord extender, which typically isn’t too much, or you can go out and buy a wireless controller. This may not even be too big of an issue to a lot of you. I think it’s a big inconvenience for the consumer to have to buy something else that should have been included in the packaging.
One last topic I would like to address before moving on, let’s go over the reset button. Those of us who have had the opportunity to play the original SNES remember that during a game if you wanted to redo something you needed to hit the all mighty reset button. Died in your last life? Hit the reset button. Made a decision and now really regret it? Hit the reset button. Want to see your sisters face turn bright red when she is about to complete star road in Super Mario World? Hit the reset button! Nintendo outdid themselves to get the nostalgia aspect down. While you’re playing a game on the classic SNES if you want to stop playing the game you’re currently on and switch to another one, guess what you have to do? Yup, hit the reset button. The point is that was fine back in the 90s but it’s almost 30 years after now. Most people have an inner battle with the idea of getting up to go to the bathroom if they’re really involved in a game. I understand they needed to make the reset button functional somehow, I just think there should be another option to switch games from the controller as well. The plus side with hitting the reset button, instead of literally resetting everything you now get a save slot for the game. You can pick right back up where you left off.
Mario’s, Link’s, and Fox’s Oh My!
Let’s get to the what a lot of people really care about, the games. As I mentioned before, all the games come pre-loaded on the system. The nostalgia factor is through the roof on this one. The graphics look really great, especially because just about everyone these days has HD TVs. You’re given choices on the graphics settings here as well. You can have them set to CRT, which kind of resembles how they used to watch on CRT TV’s, 4:3 which widens the screen a little bit and gets rid of the CRT lines from the CRT option and lastly we have pixel perfect which turns the pixels more square like. I personally like the 4:3 setting myself. Let’s go over the games you can expect to be on the console, shall we?
- Contra 3 The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy 3
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Kirby Super Star
- Mega Man X
- Secret Of Mana
- Star Fox
- Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania 4
- Super Ghouls N Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
- Yoshi’s Island and the bonus game for everyone to enjoy:
- Star Fox 2- Never before released.
All of these games are the best games from back in the 90s. I never got a chance to play all of these titles before as a kid because my Mom couldn’t afford to buy them at the time. As an adult, I am excited to check all of these games out. The most important thing to me was Zelda and Mario RPG being on the system. I forgot how much fun Star Fox was though. Although the graphics didn’t age well, at all, the game still plays great with piloting the original Arwing. The second game is just as fun as the first one in my opinion and I like how in order to obtain the game you have to at least beat the first level in Star Fox. If you’re looking for more detailed info on that game, I would go buy the system. Personally, I believe you will not regret it. These games have stood the test of time and with a lot of games looking back to the 16-bit style, Nintendo picked a great time to release this console.
This system is exactly what you would expect if not a little bit more. There are some minor things that are a bit annoying, again the cord length and having to hit the reset button to switch games. Overall though, it is worth anyone’s time who wants to relive the glory days of the 16-bit era or for those who have not played the SNES yet. For the price, you get your money’s worth for sure. If this article has sparked yor interest, go buy the Super Famicom model right here on Amazon ->
All4Gamerz score the SNES Classic: 8.5/10
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