Following in the runaway success of the NES Classic, Nintendo announced today that it would be releasing a sequel console this holiday season.
The miniature SNES Classic will feature 21 games, many of which are timeless gems like Super Mario World, Earthbound, Super Metroid and A Link to the Past. However, what will really make this a collectors item is the inclusion of the unreleased Star Fox sequel, Star Fox 2. The game never saw the light of day despite having a fully mastered ROM as early as the summer of 1995. According to an interview with programmer Dylan Cuthbert, Nintendo wanted to avoid comparisons with the soon to be released PlayStation that was obviously much better at rendering 3D games than the aging SNES. In order to create a “clean break” between the systems, and the upcoming Nintendo 64, the decision was made to not release the game.
Over 20 years from its intended release date, we can finally play Star Fox 2 the way it was meant to be played. Below are all of the titles coming in the mini SNES system.
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 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
The SNES Classic will release on Sep 29 and retail for $79.99. The prior classic console, the NES classic, sold over 2.3 million copies, according to IGN, before being discontinued earlier this year. Let’s hope the upsetting trend of low stock Nintendo items gets curved with this new release.