Nintendo has announced a mini Super Nintendo and this one will be easier to buy, maybe

Photo: Nintendo Australia / Twitter
Photo: Nintendo Australia / Twitter

Nintendo has this morning announced what we all assumed was going to happen eventually. They are making a tiny Super Nintendo.

Hot on the heels of 2016’s most sought-after item, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System will release on September 30 for $119.95. $20 more than the NES Classic Mini that preceded it.

Much like the NES Classic, the tiny Super Nintendo is based on the PAL Australian and Japanese design of the console - instead of the NTSC design from the US - and it will come with two controllers for multiplayer and a USB cable for power, though you’ll have to bring your own HDMI cable. Oh and Nintendo has said that the controller cable will be 150cm instead of the NES Mini’s paltry 90cm.

The small Super Nintendo will come with 21 games pre-installed. One of these games is StarFox 2, a game that has never been officially released by Nintendo since its cancellation in 1995.

From Nintendo of Australia’s press release:

Launched in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, the Super Nintendo introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.

​For the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Australia and New Zealand) that was created during the Super Nintendo era but never released … anywhere!

Even for super fans that have played all of these games multiple times, the inclusion of the never-before-released Star Fox 2 will offer them something entirely new to enjoy (players must prove their skill by completing the first level of the original Star Fox before Star Fox 2 is unlocked to play).

The list of games are as follows:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZER
  • 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
The Australia packaging for the SNES Mini. Photo: Nintendo Australia / Twitter

The Australia packaging for the SNES Mini. Photo: Nintendo Australia / Twitter

Will I actually be able to get one?

Nintendo was a victim of its own success with the NES Classic. Pre-orders sold out in seconds around the world, websites crashed and some customers even coordinated travel to multiple stores to try and snag one.

Many of those that weren’t lucky enough to buy an NES Mini in store or online were forced to pay well over retail - in some cases up to $1000 - from scalpers on Gumtree or eBay.

Nintendo’s social media accounts were flooded with disappointed parents and fans wondering out loud how they could have not anticipated the demand for such a product.

Nintendo has promised this time there will be enough stock to meet demand, though that remains to be seen.

EB Games has already opened pre-orders but they are restricted to one-per-customer only.

Other retailers like Big W and JB Hi-Fi currently have no mention of the product on their websites yet.