The SNES Classic Mini: Thoughts

I wrote a piece back in April after I had first heard the rumour of there being the ‘SNES Classic Mini’ console which would follow on from the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) console from last year. Well the console is legitimate and will be released September 29th in the UK.

The consoles will feature 21 games including a title that was never released on a physical format in Britain: Starfox 2 which is very exciting. A lot of the other games you can buy on the Wii U eShop but some big names include Earthbound and Secret of Mana. All of your expected faces are there including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Yoshi, Kirby and Samus which were all pretty much expected. Even myself gave a list in my other story where 14 of the games I proposed ended up being correct.

The NES Mini had 30 games and also retailed at £49.99 whereas the SNES Mini has only 21 games and will cost between £69.99-£79.99 due to high retail demand. No doubt this will be hackable again but the comaprison is sad because surely some games like Pilotwings, Chrono Trigger and Super Tennis could have made it onto the console? Or even the sequel Donkey Kong and Mega Man X games? I could list other games like Turtles in Time but there’s obvious copyright restraints that stop certain titles reaching the console. Sure it is 16bit but does that mean the console has to cost more? Once again there is a limited supply and it’s a worry Nintendo will not supply enough machines even though the demand will surely be even higher this time. Some of the original cartridges for these games cost £50 minimum and people really want to play these titles.

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What did you feel was missed from the SNES Classic Mini?

One of the issues with the previous machine was the controllers and I hope they’ve made the length longer but I’m not crossing my fingers for anything amazing. The inputs before were different as well so you couldn’t just plug in an old NES controller…oh no you would have to spend more on add ons…I hope I can use my SNES or third-party equivalents. It is rumoured that the console will be fitted with two controllers which means for games like Super Mario Kart and Kirby’s Dream Course you will be able to get playing straight away with a friend who doesn’t have the console and means you will not have to fork out another £40 for a controller.

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The SNES had some great games and I’m looking forward to playing them again in a whole new way. I’m disappointed by many factors I have outlined but it is nice to see retro gaming get the love it deserves in the modern day. Let’s just hope for more consoles and less scalpers which ruin everything good about gaming.

At the end of the day there is still the possibility of purchasing the original consoles or purchasing a retron combo replica, but for those on a budget or want to try these games out for the first time this is a great way to do so.

I wouldn’t have even minded some more fighting games…

Here is the full list of games:

  1. Contra III: The Alien Wars
  2. Donkey Kong Country
  3. Earthbound
  4. Final Fantasy III
  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
  12. Star Fox 2
  13. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  14. Super Castlevania IV
  15. Super Ghouls N’ Ghosts
  16. Super Mario Kart
  17. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  18. Super Mario World
  19. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  20. Super Metroid
  21. Super Punch Out!!

 

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The Nintendo Switch: First thoughts

Now I was going to post about what I was hoping from the Nintendo (NX at the time) Switch but, low and behold Nintendo decided to drop a really big bomb and blow us all away with the unveiling of the console.

There were plenty of rumours to what the Switch would be, what it would look like, the types of games it would play and the methods in which you played them. And you know what? A lot of leaks or rumours did in fact turn out to be true.

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Now the Switch may incorporate a lot of similarities to the Wii U and could deter a lot of people from purchasing a Nintendo console still, however, the accessibility looks pleasing. What will be interesting will be how we move on from the Wii U seeing as two of its games were featured to be played on the Nintendo Switch. As the Switch will be using tiny cartridges (a return to better days and aided by how we store memory these days) it is unlikely there will be backwards compatibility.

That being said, it would be pretty disappointing if we have to fork out again for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, the latter could probably see a sequel in the works due to the positive reception it has received by selling over a million copies. With Mario Kart 8 however, it is probably the tightest in the series and only needs a couple more add-ons such as more customisation. It would be great to build karts and maps in the game but, with it being on a Nintendo platform, shit just ain’t that easy.

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Maybe we could see these games transferred through our Nintendo accounts? Maybe it’s just a preview of the multiplayer & e-sports aspect of the console? All I know is I don’t fancy paying out a tonne of money for the same game no matter the accessibility. In terms of money, as the Switch is of a black/grey colour-scheme, will Nintendo have more customisation for the look of its console? I mean respective Nintendo colours would be great, a themed Zelda or Mario model? Plenty would eat that up.

Microsoft have embraced customisation greatly, I mean just look at their elite controllers! Nintendo had plenty of variants for the N64 and a couple for the Wii and Gamecube… so please Nintendo give me a Breath of the Wild machine!

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Those who believe that somehow we’ll be able to play 3DS titles on the machine I believe would be incorrect. The 3DS sees its next Pokémon installment next month along with series’ such as Pikmin getting their first handheld title next year. There is still plenty of life in the 3DS and to be honest it’s nice to have variety in gameplay which Nintendo and third party developers have always done well. Even though they may be cartridges, Nintendo has too much to lose by removing the 3DS. That being said who knows how long the 3DS’ life cycle will be, hopefully a few more years!

That could then argue would the Switch dominate everything or is it planning to take handheld games? Is the price going to be set for the tablet or for the home machine as well? How much are we going to be spending next year?

I’d definitely say a minimum of £300 for console alone. Games will most likely sell at the same retail price as the rest have done.

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The most exciting revelation from the Switch is…THE REMOVABLE CONTROLLERS!

Nah, but this is a unique feature. It makes me think of the Wii a little or getting more immersed in the gameplay (even if it is a broken apart Wii U). The take-the-tablet-anywhere part is probably the key to this and I can see March next year having everyone with the Switch everywhere. It is rumoured to sell around two million copies upon launch so expect to have a lot of thefts in March. Will Nintendo help protect these tablets with some security? Who knows.

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I think the next big thing is the third party interest. Nintendo is showing a lot of support to third parties such as Sega, Square Enix, Warner Bros. and Activision. In the trailer however, there was gameplay of 2K NBA 17 and Skyrim which is seeing a remaster Friday. So maybe we will have some 2K and Bethesda titles coming to the console? Skyrim on a portable Nintendo console sounds like a pipe-dream but it might be do-able. This will be a while after the remaster though and maybe we’ll see a new Elder Scrolls announcement next year.

You know the Switch is going to make some serious dollar. For a company that’s been losing a lot, Nintendo could easily do with some. I could easily expect a bunch of peripherals for it from different controllers, VR? and a sweet carry case. I expect that the tablet could be touch-screen and it will be interesting to see how different the menu screen is from the Wii and Wii U as it is a pretty simplistic and easy menu. Will Miiverse continue and how will internet be used on the console? WHO KNOWS ANYTHING YET. I do hope we can use more than three wi-fi hotspots though and that we have a better use of online play.

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Finally, I couldn’t be more excited after seeing three seconds of a new 3D Mario game. It looks traditional with coins and platforming. What if it was open world? That would be amazing, it seems to have a western-Mexican look to me but with a more modern cartoon blocky feel to it. Everything is coming up Milhouse or Nintendo and the big N has me drawn in.

Also that trailer didn’t just appeal to children, it had a bit of everything for everyone! Nintendo continues to revolutionise (hopefully) and looks to be learning from their mistakes.

I cannot wait to blast that unreal 4 engine running piece of hardware in March. I feel a revival to what we loved about Nintendo, all I hope is that we can get some solid games and see some of our beloved series’ make a valiant return.

You’ve got to make a few a bad decisions to reach the right one I guess.