Nintendo has confirmed the SNES Mini release date – their new retro console will arrive in the UK on the 29th September.
Ever since the NES Mini ceased to exist following meagre shipments of the console mere months after it was first released, there have been rumours abound that Nintendo would release a SNES Mini – and now it’s been confirmed. The SNES Mini release date is 29th September in the UK.
Nintendo has also confirmed the console will contain “20+1 games pre-installed” – so, 21 then. That’s slightly less than the NES Mini‘s 30. However, to sweeten the deal the retro console will include Star Fox 2, which was cancelled back in 1995 due to the incoming release of the N64.
The full list of games is:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- 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 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania 4
- 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
The console will cost $80 when it launches in America. The UK price hasn’t yet been revealed (as ever, Nintendo don’t set their own prices in the UK) but somewhere around £70 seems likely. Unlike the NES Mini, the SNES Mini will launch with two controllers, hence a slightly higher price point.
UK pre-orders can’t be placed just yet, but it goes without saying that given how quickly the NES Mini flew off shelves, it’d be well worth pre-ordering to guarantee stock.
Hopefully Nintendo will be planning to ensure more stock is available this time around – but as ever with Nintendo, you never really can be sure whether they’ve learnt their lesson or whether the NES Mini stock shortages were part of a baffling grand plan that only made sense to them.