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June 27, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Never mind long lines and low inventory, how about the controller ports on the SNES Classic Edition

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition
The NES Mini's controllers work with the Wiimotes for Virtual Console games. The SNES Mini seems to have a hidden set of similar ports.
The reproduction of the NES controllers was pretty slick for last year's NES Mini. In addition to the visual style, they could connect with a Wiimote and give some retro-feeling to Virtual Console games. Very cool. The ports on the SNES Mini look like tiny SNES ports and not compatible with... well, anything. But that may only be a cosmetic facade.

Images of the European version show a removable panel on the front that reveals the same Wiimote style connectors. Presumable the US version will have a similar style which opens the possibility of similar Virtual Console compatibility. Rumors also have it that the controller cables are longer. I assumed the NES Mini controller cables were short to Wiimote compatibility (like the nunchuk). Time will tell if any of this is accurate.

Is The SNES Mini Hackable?

Last year, it didn't take long for the NES Mini to be hacked, allowing the entire NES game library to be copied onto the mini console. I imagine the SNES will follow the same path. One has to wonder about Nintendo's stance on hacks. I know they aggressively combat it on the 3DS platform via system updates. The mini consoles have no connectivity, so once hacked - it's all over and the ROMs are there to stay. It will be interesting to see what sort of internal storage is available on the SNES Mini.

Personally, I'm curious to see how hard it will be to find an SNES Mini at a local store. The thrill of the chase and a great selection of games raises my curiosity enough to get up early on launch day. We'll see how it goes and I hope Nintendo really learned from last year and produces enough inits to meet demand. No one should be disappointed during the holidays for wanting to relive childhood memories!

I"m guessing fewer folks will want this one - the NES was the console most casual gamers seem to align with rather than the SNES. Time will tell, but until then, enjoy the Switch for the Summer :)

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