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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Seven new Pokémon revealed in leak for Sun & Moon

A Russian source posted on 4chan images of new Pokémon for the upcoming Sun and Moon titles which were later followed by videos which have come a day before the Pokémon Company was to release new information (July 1).

It has been said that these leaks are legitimate and will feature in the new game. People were unsure at first due to once more not being a fan of designs as they do look a bit goofy.

The information from the Pokémon Company will be coming at 2pm tomorrow (UK). I expect to see these Pokémon and hopefully some information on towns and gyms.

So who has been added to the Pokémon roster?

First up we have Togederamu who is an electric/steel mouse-like Pokémon who appears very similar to Pikachu…again. When performing an electric move in the leak, its spikes appear to stick out from its body. Maybe the grey on its body indicates it has a steel body perhaps?

Togedaramu

Next up we have an electric-fairy type who to be fair could easily be a fighting type. It is Tapu Koko and we were told in the Nintendo Treehouse preview of the game at E3 to remember this name. Maybe the Pokémon has something to do with Hawaiian folklore and could be a legendary? Then again it looks like a bird so there’s a bit of everything going on here. Also a Pokémon with two parts to its name is new.

Tapu Koko

Carrying on with electric types, we have Charjabug who quite rankly looks like something that belongs in a sushi dish. Maybe it’s a witchetty grub or a caterpillar or a bus, who knows. You could argue that Pokémon have lost the plot, but then again every generation has interesting designs.

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Potentially another bug Pokémon, we have Cutiefly who is believed to be a fairy-type. Maybe not the most creative name or correct but it’s nice to see new fairy-type additions to the series.

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Definitely one of the most goofy looking of the bunch, it’s Bruxish. Then again it does have a striking colour design with a larger pallet than most characters. Bruxish has the special ability of dazzling which will be incorporated with the sunny surroundings of Alola and is also a water/psychic type.

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One of the best looking of these leaks definitely has to be Vikavolt. Judging from the preview, this Pokémon will be another bug/electric type an looks to have sharp beetle-like pincers. I guess it could be another tough bug-type like Pinser or Heracross.

vikavolt

Finally, we have a new dragon type, Drampa, who looks like Flakor the dragon from The NeverEnding Story. I wonder if this dragon will have a connection to ancient mythology and another point, whether this is Drampa’s final evolution or will be anther dragon type without one. Drampa will also be a steel type.

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