Reliving the past: A Super Nintendo Classic Mini Review

The Super Nintendo Classic Mini

Here we are again Retro Gamers!

Hot on the trail of the C64 Mini review, today I am going to talk about another great console remake.

In this Super Nintendo Classic Mini review, I am going to explain why this console is every retro gamer’s dream. Nintendo fans will find that this console is exactly what they have been waiting for from the game giant. While two years ago, NES Nintendo Classic Mini was all the rage, the SNES system definitely gives retro gamers an even more appealing selection of games.

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20 classics and an eagerly-awaited sequel – way to go!

The Snes Mini Interface

Snes Mini Interface

The console comes packaged with heavy-hitting titles like * The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox and Final Fantasy VI.
As for the latter, it is listed as Final Fantasy III, but it is the game featuring Terra Branford, one of my favorite Final Fantasy female characters.
Anyway, these are only a few of the great titles that are available.

Nintendo also listened to critics of the NES Classic Mini and made additional well-thought-out hardware tweaks. Like its predecessor, the SNES Nintendo Classic Mini is a tiny, re-imagined replica of the original Nintendo hit console.

The inclusion of the previously unreleased, Star Fox 2 – which was originally scuttled due to the release of the N64 console – has hard core Nintendo fans chortling with delight (in theory, I will discuss this more a bit later). SNES fan have been clamoring for this game for years, so Nintendo believed it would be a massive hit.

Even those fans nonplussed by the inclusion of Star Fox 2 have plenty to be happy about.

Actually, this brilliant addition to the Nintendo line of consoles’ only problem is/was finding one available for sale.

Fortunately – because of overwhelming demand – Nintendo decided to extend the production of the system until the end of 2018.

Retro gaming reimagined – learning from criticism

The Snes Mini US version

Snes Mini US version                                                        Link to the license

There are two versions of the unit. One is a “cosmetically challenged” US version, but everywhere else gets the Japanese model which is actually pretty (and for this reason I decided to buy this one lol). It is a great deal smaller, lighter, and more compact than the original that it is modeled after. It is powered by a USB port or a mains adapter.

It is sturdily built, with a matte grey moulded plastic unibody, and with the same speckled texture of the original SNES machine. While there is no flap on the cartridge slot, and a fake eject button and the controller ports are a front to conceal the real controller slots, I can safely say that it deals with a quality replica of the original.

When gamers criticized NES Mini two years ago, Nintendo took note and chose to address their concerns. This Mini comes bundled with two controllers (instead of one), and with longer cables that now measure 1.5m. Some still consider these to be too short, but it is still an improvement over the previous 70cm cable.

The included pads are the same ones released via the Club Nintendo shop in 2012 for the Wii and the Wii U Virtual Console. These actually feel very similar to the original SNES pads. The D-pad and buttons may feel spongier, but they are the same size and gamers will be comfortable during long play sessions.

Not just stunning, visually appealing games – when Nintendo wants…

Final Fantasy 6 (called Final Fantasy 3 in this compilation) on the SNES Classic Mini

The one and only Final Fantasy 6 (here called 3)

But why opting for this machine over a Raspberry-Pi powered solution or an Android TV box? If you are asking yourself this question, then this console is not what you need or are looking for.

Even setting nostalgic reasons aside, the SNES Classic Mini plays the best SNES games in the best way. No other retro game emulator runs these games as smoothly as the Nintendo virtual consoles, period. All the games were meticulously tested in order to assure that they run perfectly on the Mini in HD, in all of their original glory.
The colors are sharp and vibrant, making this a glorious way to play your way through all of your fond memories. There is even a CRT filter to use if you want the ultimate retro experience.

In addition to that, the new integrated “Save” feature allows you to drop out of any game and resume right where you left off. There is no reason to even save in-game any longer. This is a massive boost for anyone who only has a few minutes to play.
Nintendo has also included a nifty “Rewind” function that will allow you to skip back 45 seconds and resume from that spot (just about the Rewind ability in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, lol).

Seriously, it is a great feature for when you get to a tricky spot in any game. If only it had been available 20 years ago…

More About Star Fox 2 – Not the stellar sequel fans were anticipating

Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic Mini

Sadly, the much anticipated sequel did not live up to expectations

Some users have dubbed this game “Star Flop 2” due to its inclusion behind a one-level “playwall” that you are required to complete prior to gaining access to the game. On one hand, this is a smart move, because it gives players the opportunity to experience the original Star Fox before delving into the sequel. This provides a refresher/reminder of just how tricky the moves are in this title.

But on the other hand, it serves to remind gamers just how fun playing the original was, and sadly, they quickly realize that playing Star Fox 2 is just not that much fun. Sad, but true, the game is just not that enjoyable and should not be justification for buying the console itself.

When Nintendo announced that the Snes Mini would feature previously unreleased content, that should have been the first red flag. If the game had been worth releasing in the first place, it would have been done long ago.

While Star Fox 2 has its share of cool ideas, such as being a real-time strategy game rather than following a linear storyline, the game’s combat sequences leave a lot to be desired. Done from a first-person perspective, the limited graphics capability of the Mini simply make it a mess, but with other great games on tap, you will have plenty of entertainment available to spend your time on.

Super Mario Kart has not aged all that well, but other titles like Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country and many others are still fantastic. Even some of the lesser known titles, such as Secret of Mana and Earthbound are worth exploring and getting lost in their worlds.

Final Impressions – another gem in the Nintendo crown

The Snes Mini game list

This console is a knockout punch when it comes to the console revival market. From a price perspective, it is a no-brainer when compared to the Ataribox (although the Atari will play more than just the classics). Plus, having been released well over a year ago, the console will be easier to find, without all those exorbitant markups that occurred during its debut holiday season.

The list price makes this a steal for anyone with fond memories of the time they spent playing the multitude of SNES titles in their youth. Its appeal decreases a bit when you realize that you cannot add any new titles to the mix, but the sizable bundle of top quality games takes out the sting a little bit.

The annoying bits are that Nintendo has yet again decided against packaging it with a three-pin to USB plug adapter and the new 1.5m controller cables are still too short for most players. Luckily, that is all I have to say against this retro console. It is a truly brilliant block of moulded plastic.

Till next retro review!

About Andrew A.

Andrew is the founder and owner of RetroGamingLoft. He considers himself a natural-born gamer and is on a mission to keep our younger gaming years alive through the medium of Retro Stories. His event recount includes hopes, dreams, broken joysticks, magic, nostalgia and another final boss defeated.

28 thoughts on “Reliving the past: A Super Nintendo Classic Mini Review

  1. Anita

    I got this Super Nintendo Classic Mini for my daughter for her birthday in December and we have been having a great time playing the classic games. Everyone in the family has had a good time playing the different games that are included on the console. They are getting a kick out of the graphics of the games I used to play when I was younger. 

    I think it is a great value for all the games that are included.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Anita and thanks for your comment. 🙂
      Absolutely, It is a great value, they give them a makeover without altering their retro spirit. They are absolutely attractive!
      I am glad that you and your family are enjoying the Snes Mini so much, it is honestly a great remake.
      Thanks again for dropping by, stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  2. Mikay2019

    Tanka for taking us back in time. Personally, I have known Nintendo to always design good consoles. The first Nintendo game console I know was the Nintendo Gameboy where I played only soccer. The Nintendo Classic Mini will definitely is and will keep being successful in the market because it is an advanced versions of Older versions. 

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Mikay and thanks for stopping by.
      Correct, Nintendo did a great job and we have to fully acknowledge that.
      I was critical of Nintendo on some occasions, but this time I can only take a bow, this Snes Mini – despite minor flaws – is a little gem.
      Stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  3. Barrywesley

    Thank you for such an informative article. I am not so much into playing games but my elder brother does.His birhtday is approaching and I would like to buy him something special. He loves Nintendo, so I think he would appreciate this one. Where is the best place to get it at the best price?

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Berry and thanks for leaving a comment.
      I saw the best prices on *Ebay, please take a look at it.
      I hope your brother enjoys your gift, please let me know how it goes. 🙂

  4. Leo

    I have vivid memories of the Snes and I now I can buy it in a smaller package: too good to be true! I will spend days replaying all of my favorites :). This remake has most of the games I played as a child plus a few that I didn’t. Nintendo did a great job, as usual I would say.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Leo and thanks for your nice comment.
      Like I said in my post, “When Nintendo wants…”, they can release some great stuff.
      In my opinion, they could have added some more games and made controllers with slightly longer cables, but even so, the result is remarkable.
      Thanks again for stopping by, stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  5. Peace

    Nintendo was a major part of my childhood, due to my brother’s strong affinity for the game. Although I didn’t play much, I enjoyed sitting back and watching him play with friends. 

    Due to this, the TV was hardly ever showing channels, it was all game, game, game. 

    The Super Nintendo Classic Mini, must hold a lot of fun and nostalgia for people like my brother, it could be a nice gift for his birthday.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Peace and thanks for your comment,

      I believe your brother will be very happy when you present him with a Snes Mini.
      This little gem is a perfect fit for nostalgic gamers, but with the renewed graphics and everything, I am sure some gamers from this generation will be struck with that too. Once again hats off to Nintendo.
      Thanks again for stopping by, stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  6. Hbee

    This retro console seems great, it does bring about nostalgia for sure but that’s what is awesome about it. I really like how the retro consoles have not been ignored but brought back into the 21st century a and you are right as you have said that the games seem amazing, I might even consider looking into one for purchase, thanks for this article 

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Hbee and thanks for leaving a comment.
      Well, I could not be any happier about that… Now it is definitely easier to keep the memories alive and pass on the legacy.
      If you end up buying the Snes Mini, please let me know how it goes. 🙂

  7. Fortune

    For real man, you reminded me the time past. I had my best gaming experience with Nintendo while I was growing up. I really want to relive the moment again. I will be ordering for this super Nintendo classic. Kids of this new generation would not understand the feeling we had while growing up playing Nintendo. Can’t wait to play thus game once again and to relive the moment. Thanks for this review. 

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      My pleasure Fortune, I am so grateful for your comment. 🙂
      Kids from this generation have now a chance to understand the feeling or better said, we have now a chance to let them understand. My kids love it and I am over the moon… James – my eldest child – is currently playing Legend of Mana. The other day he told me he was going to write a post about it. He got hooked on this Rpg and when he plays it, his siblings sit next to him. That is wonderful…
      Thanks again for stopping by, stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  8. Kenechi

    All the games that were included in the console are all fine and I enjoy it. I like Nintendo right from time. Playing games has been my hobby. The only thing I don’t really like about Nintendo is the new 1.5 controller cables which are too short  but I will live it. Like I said the games are great and that is what matters most. My Nintendo got spoiled not long ago and am tying to raise money to purchase a new one. Your article was a very useful one. 

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Kenechi and thanks for your comment, I am glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂
      The cables are not that long, I agree on that, Had they made them 50 cm longer, nobody would have said a word. Despite this – with some minor adjustments – we can still play comfortably.
      Thanks again for stopping by and when you get to buy it (hopefully soon), please let me know how it goes.

  9. Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and good info. 

    Honestly, you have no idea how happy I am that they did a remake of this console. I was a child when I played with it, but we had so much fun, I remember the games that you could see they were made of blocks, but who cared then? It was fun, compared to the games nowadays, which mostly are wasting your time. 

    Im actually thinking about it to buy the remake. 

    Thanks for sharing! 

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Emmanuel and thanks for your comment,
      Here comes a nostalgic, huh? Well, that makes two of us lol.
      Seriously, I am glad that you enjoyed my review and if you end up buying it, please let me know how it goes. 🙂

  10. Dapoach

    Wow!! your super Nintendo Classic review reminds me of the good old days, when Super Mario was my favorite game on Nintendo. I also enjoyed playing Contra on it also. I have bookmarked your page as i find it very interesting and brings my mind back to the past days. Really lovely article and nice combination of those Nintendo pads images. Cheers!!

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Dapoach and thanks for your comment, I am glad I was able to bring back good memories. 🙂
      I knew Contra 3 but I had never played it before getting the Snes Mini.
      I am not particularly fond of shoot’em’ups but I can see why you were so hooked on it, back then.
      It is so refreshing to hear that you bookmarked my page, my mission is to keep the memories alive!

  11. Sammynathaniels

    I’ve been Nintendo fan right from when I was a kid. As at then, my favorite Christmas present was Nintendo. I grew up to be addicted to Nintendo games. I could play it for several hours in a day without feeling hungry or tired. I’m happy for this remake, I’ll check it out. 



    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Sammy and thanks for leaving a comment.
      I am so glad that my post made you find out about the Snes Mini remake. If you end up getting it, please let me know how it goes. 🙂

  12. Seun Afotanju

    Thanks for this informative review, Personally, I love it. It’s loaded with games that defined my childhood, all of which play exactly as I remember and are available without having to blow the arse out of a cartridge in order to work. Plus, I can complete them in an afternoon thanks to the rewind function. I love the fact that you brought this to my knowledge. Thanks alot for this.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Sean and thanks for stopping by.
      I agree, with this little gem Nintendo made us adult gamers’ lives easier.
      I am glad that you found my review informative, if you want to know more about it, please do not hesitate to ask, I will be more than happy to help you.

  13. Rgpratap

    Good evening Andrew,

    Awesome review! Super Nintendo Classic is just scrumptious. The games makes the rest, some very pleasant ones. And my daughter liked it too. Its graphics designs are also impressive. Playing such games create suspension of disbelief, but also a certain amount of intelligence is required. Thank you very much for sharing it!

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Rgpatrap and thanks for your comment,
      I am not sure if your daughter liked the Snes Mini (this would imply you got one) or my review. In any case I am glad that you appreciate my post and that share my point of view on this little gem my Nintendo.
      Stay tuned for more retro reviews!

  14. Topazdude

    Interesting review! I had to cry for 3 days in a row for my dad to buy me and my junior brother a Snes back then Some well spent tears and lots of fun for years. Now that a remake is for sale, I need to get it. What I don’t like about it is that it has
    short controller cables and no way to buy new games. But it’s going to be a great experience nonetheless. My brother says he’s got a bone to pick with me, haha. Thanks for this great and interesting reminiscening review!

  15. Andrew A. Post author

    Hello Topazdude and thanks for sharing such a nice childhood story.
    It is great to know that you can relive your gaming childhood now, isn’t it? I too would have liked to be able to (re)play more games, but the ones that were included are really good. Regarding the cables, I wonder why they did not make them 50 cm longer, but we can still play comfortably with a couple of adjustments (I usually move the sofa closer to the tv).
    I am very glad that you appreciated my review and if you decide to get the Snes Mini, please let me know how it goes. 🙂


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