Value for Money - 80%
Quality - 89%
Look/Feel - 91%
Extra's/Features - 78%
Brings back Memories!
In 2016 Nintendo released the NES mini system and the people went mad for it(it was an instant classic..like the original). The NES mini sold out in the first month and there was no word from Nintendo for a second batch. Everybody was then wondering(me included) if the will bring back any of there other systems in the mini scale? Well in October 2017 Nintendo released the SNES mini(Super-Nintendo Entertainment System) and boy was everybody happy about it!
We had the opportunity to play with a SNES Mini and it really brought back childhood memories. Well, more in the fact that I could actually play proper SNES games and not the roms that you could find on the net with sometimes bad emulation(sometimes). The SNES mini is based on the same hardware as the NES from the previous year(check out Ben Heck‘s teardown video of the SNES down below, for the guys that like teardown’s), just repackaged in the SNES casing. The one thing that Nintendo did that I(and many others) appreciate is that they actually made the controllers for adults, compared to the NES where they scaled it down to the size of the mini and it was a bit uncomfortable to actually play with the controllers.
Compared to the original SNES that had composite out, the SNES mini runs on a modern-day HDMI output. What this gives you is a clean clear picture and audio when playing. The real good thing about Nintendo releasing the SNES is that the Emulation of the games is almost perfect! You would find somebody on the net complaining that the timing is off or the sound is a beat to fast, I would just ignore it.
For the first time in History, we English speaking guys finally get Starfox 2, which was a Japan exclusive. But you have to first play Starfox to unlock it. With the ARM processor comes some awesome features that you would wish was on the original SNES, a 5 min rewind and the creme ala creme a Save button! So no more playing from the beginning when you switch off the system. This is a live saver and a bit of a cheat for me, as the fun factor for me with these old 8 and 16-bit systems was that you only had 3 lives to play the game. You can also you the remotes on the Wii/Wii U and maybe even the Switch, as they all use the same connector plugs.
On the SNES also get 20 other games(21 in total), ranging from the classic “The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past” to Contra III(this game and the original Contra caused friends to fight). Each emulated to perfection. On the SNES mini’s site, you can also go download the original Instruction Booklets…now most of the younger guys would not know what this is. These beauties were our Tutorials for the games, it was also our way to learn more about the Lore of the games universe and had some awesome artwork in them.
Overall I am ecstatic about the SNES! I was a bit bummed that you have to buy the power supply separately. I would love if Nintendo release a software update with more of the original games as the hardware can play it(and there is space for it). I would recommend this to anybody that loves Nintendo products or to anybody that loves to play retro games. This is your local mad scientist signing out….time to play some Contra III
Estimated RRP: R1249
Release Date: 31 October 2017
- I love the fact that I can for the first time play SNES games!
- The controllers are adult size this time(compared to the NES Mini)
- We finally get to play Starfox 2…in english!
- You have to buy an AC adapter separately
- They need to get more games ported to the machine
- Contra III The Alien Wars
- Originally released in Europe as Super Probotector: Alien Rebels
- Donkey Kong Country
- FINAL FANTASY® III
- Originally released in Japan as FINAL FANTASY® VI
- Kirby Super Star
- Originally released in Europe as Kirby’s Fun Pak
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man™ X
- SECRET of MANA®
- Star Fox
- Originally released in Europe as Starwing
- 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!!