The Hype Behind Nintendo’s SNES Mini

Super Nintendo Classic Mini

A few weeks earlier, Nintendo announced the revival of its famous Super Nintendo(SNES) console. The new iteration of the console, named Super Nintendo Mini Classic or SNES Mini for short, has created an enormous buzz online. People are pre-ordering the console faster than a chicken being chased by Ronald McDonald. Some people have even purchased the SNES Mini to sell it at a premium on Ebay. For a retread of a console that is more than two decades old, there is quite a lot of hype. Let’s dive in and see what the SNES Mini is all about and why it is gathering all this attention

First, the SNES Mini is going to be a virtual emulator, meaning that it will not support traditional game cartridges or CDs and instead will come pre-installed with 21 games. It is yet unknown if Nintendo will provide virtual console support for the SNES Mini to add additional games. While this might be a turnoff for some, there is one game within the lineup that makes the console worth getting. That game is Star Fox 2, which was planned and developed but never released for the original SNES. Furthermore, the other 20 games included in the console are classics in themselves. The game lineup is as follows:

  • 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 Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Anyone that has played the original SNES has had to play at least one of these games. This brings me to conclude that the main reason why SNES Mini has gained so much popularity is due to nostalgia. Nostalgia is a great and powerful feeling that can bring us back to those good old days of childhood or adolescence when everything was simple. Heck, I’d buy the SNES Mini for a chance to replay Mega Man X on a SNES controller. Another reason why this console has garnered such high demand is the recent popularity of retro gaming. Nintendo most likely took notice of all those retro gaming channels on Youtube and decided to capitalize on that. Given the success of the NES Mini and the pre-orders for the SNES Mini, it is safe to say Nintendo has managed to hit gamers in the feels once more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *