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June 2017 Retro Gaming Article


June 26, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition announcement sends waves of excitement and animosity

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition
Waiting in line for two hours to discover the store only received four units was all too common with last year's NES Classic Edition.
Remember that kid who borrowed your bike and brought it back with a gash in your banana seat? Or how about your neighbor who returned your hedge trimmer with the plastic safety guard broken off? We tend to remember those who've wronged us. Mind you, this sort of angry retention is not healthy, but at the same time, you just don't mess with someone's banana seat!

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition Nintendo messed with us! I love Nintendo, but the entire scenario around last year's NES Classic Edition was dreadful. I was able to buy one at a local store, but far too many people were denied... and then it was suddenly canceled. Rather strange.

I thought the NES Mini was released as a distraction to the Wii U's abrupt cancellation, to put a Nintendo product on retail shelves while they ramped up to release the Switch. Now that they seem to be advancing to the next retro console, I wonder what the overall strategy is with these retro consoles. One per year, presumably skipping the VirtualBoy.

So, anyway...
The SNES Classic Edition will be released on September 29th and nobody believes they will be able to get one. Does anyone even want one? Nintendo created a lot of bad blood among gamers who grew up with the NES and wanted that cute little console for holidays to relive some memories. Many of us still have the original NES and a hefty stash of games, but we sought out the NES mini for nostalgic lust. Then there were the scalpers who were delighted to sell the $60 trinket for $300+. They will return, come September...

The Super NES version is a bit more expensive ($80), but also comes with two controllers, but only 21 games. Nintendo claims to be producing significantly more SNES Classic Consoles but also states production is not guaranteed beyond the 2017 calendar year. The real hook of this console is the inclusion of the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 and the ever popular Earthbound. As pissed as I was about last year's release, I want one of these!

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition
Although poorly handled last year, I want an SNES Classic.

SNES Classic Edition Game List

  1. Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  2. Donkey Kong Country
  3. EarthBound
  4. Final Fantasy 3
  5. F-ZERO
  6. Kirby Super Star
  7. Kirby's Dream Course
  8. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  9. Mega Man X
  10. Secret of Mana
  11. Star Fox (originally released as Starwing in Australia)
  12. Star Fox 2
  13. Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  14. Super Castlevania 4
  15. Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  16. Super Mario Kart
  17. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  18. Super Mario World
  19. Super Metroid
  20. Super Punch-Out!!
  21. Yoshi's Island

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