Nintendo has confirmed that the SNES Classic Edition is a real thing and that the system will be available starting September 29th, and the miniature console will come packed with 21 classic games, including one particular title that makes it a must own: Star Fox 2.
That's right. According to Nintendo, Star Fox 2 was unreleased for the SNES because it was a bit too big for the console, and they eventually moved on and moved up to the N64 release of Star Fox 64. But gamers will be able to play the fully finished and complete Star Fox 2 for the very first time on the Super Nintendo Classic Edition when it launches on September 29th, 2017 later this year for $79.99.
Star Fox 2 was a game of myth, mostly circulating within the ROM regions as an unfinished prototype with various fan fixes and modifications tacked on. Of course, a proper English release of the game will make its appearance for the first time on the market for the Super Nintendo via the SNES Classic Edition, which should make the console an instant top-seller when it arrives at the tail end of September.
And even though the pack contains nine fewer games than the NES Classic Edition, and costs $20 more, the total list of games definitely makes it worth it when you see what you get with the system. Check out the full list below.
• Contra III: The Alien Wars
• Donkey Kong Country
• Final Fantasy III
• 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
Literally, I don't think they could have picked a better collection of games. The only game they're missing is obviously Chrono Trigger, but they likely couldn't get Square Enix to budge on that one. At least they have Final Fantasy VI on the list (it was released in America as Final Fantasy III, but its proper chronology takes place after Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy V).
It's also a shame that Uniracer didn't make the cut. That game was crazy fun, and one of the best that the SNES had to offer, along with Killer Instinct and Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium, the latter of which didn't quite make the cut in North America. But given that Nintendo was diving deep into their well of games, it would have been cool if that title made the cut.
I'm also a bit peeved that Super Double Dragon wasn't included in the mix. I put in gobs of hours into that beat-'em-up title because it's one of the very best (and hardest) beat-'em-up games ever made. It has so many different layers to it that it's easily one of the most underrated and under-appreciated beat-'em-up games ever released on the SNES.
Even still, the 21 pre-installed games they have on hand are fantastic. The SNES Classic Edition will come with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and two wired SNES controllers. According to Kotaku, Nintendo will be prepared for market demand this time around and will have high production output for this year, much more-so than what they produced of the NES Classic Edition. Hopefully, they'll keep those store shelves packed because hardcore gamers and casuals alike will definitely flock out to buy the SNES Classic Edition this holiday season.