Last year Nintendo announced its Nintendo Classic Mini. This was essentially a scaled-down replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System from the 1980s that came with built-in classic titles. The Nintendo Classic Mini also had modern HDMI posts so you could plug it into today’s televisions to play those glorious 8-bit games. Needless to say, the Nintendo Classic Mini went down extremely well with 80s nostalgia fans, so Nintendo is following that up this year with the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This Nintendo Classic Mini SNES system follows the same formula as its predecessor: it’s a tiny version of the original SNES from the 90s that come with built-in games and can be hooked up to modern televisions.
There are several similarities between the Nintendo Classic Mini and Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES. Both consoles are mini versions of their originals. The pint sized editions both feature onboard storage to hold their included games, yet neither can actually accept old NES or SNES cartridges. And both also feature HDMI connections and USB power leads. But that’s where the similarities end. Here are their differences:
Nintendo Classic Mini vs. Nintendo Classic Mini SNES: Games
There is no doubt about it, the Nintendo Classic Mini blows the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES out of the water. That’s because the Nintendo offers 30 games while the SNES only offers 21 games. That being said, the SNES does come with a never-before-released game–Star Fox 2–which is pretty cool.
Here are the 30 games Nintendo Classic Mini includes:
Balloon Fight, BUBBLE BOBBLE, Castlevania™, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, FINAL FANTASY®, Galaga™, GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS™ , GRADIUS™, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., MEGA MAN™ 2, Metroid, NINJA GAIDEN®, PAC-MAN™, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, SUPER C™, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Tecmo Bowl™, and The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
And here’s the 21 games the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES comes with:
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 Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!
Nintendo Classic Mini vs. Nintendo Classic Mini SNES: Controllers
No content here, the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES beats the Nintendo Classic Mini because the SNES comes with TWO controllers! Eat that, original 8-bit console!
Nintendo Classic Mini vs. Nintendo Classic Mini SNES: Price & Verdict
The Nintendo Classic Mini is actually not sold directly by Nintendo anymore, however you can still find units online for a price of around £49.99. The Nintendo Classic Mini SNES will ship in September for a price of £69.99.
So, which should you get? Are you kidding? Are you dead inside? Get them both! My gods people, this is pure 80s and 90s nostalgia here! Look at those awesome games: Castlevania, DOUBLE DRAGON II, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby’s Dream Course, Star Fox, Super Mario World…
There’s no reason to pass either of these gems up. And while the Nintendo Classic Mini is harder to find since Nintendo isn’t releasing any more, you can still find units pretty easily. As for the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES, you better get ready to pre-order, because those puppies are going to fly off the shelves!