The Japanese company Nintendo, perhaps, boasts the richest story in the gaming industry. It was a joke – it was founded in 1889, and started playing electronic games in 1978, when there were practically no competitors in this market. Recently, the Japanese are increasingly giving in to nostalgia and producing completely unexpected products for their fans. A striking example was the line of gaming consoles Nintendo Classic Mini, which brings to life the classic set-top boxes in a compact form factor and with a bunch of wonderful games on board. Today I would like to tell you about the second console in this series – Super Nintendo Entertainment System .
I remember with warmth my childhood in the early 90s, when my friends and me clinging to the TV screen and holding our breath, we passed exciting video games on the clones of popular in the West and in Japan game consoles brought to our country. After a wave of 8-bit devices, they were replaced by 16-bit ones. At that time, my parents gave me a Taiwanese clone of Sega Mega Drive. And it was a real shock for me when a friend came to visit me with his new Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). She did my 16-bit old Sega in almost everything: the graphics for that time was just a dump of the head, the sound quality was amazing to the core, and games for it simply had no analogues on the American console.
The first acquaintance with the 16-bit Nintendo left a deep impression in my soul. Since this console in this country cost decent money, not comparable with the price of inexpensive clones of other consoles, my family could not afford such a thing. I played it exclusively with my friends, and later with computer emulators. I could buy my own SNES only in my student years, when the prefix was not so relevant. However, it did not stop me to return to the wonderful games for her and to spend a lot of great 16-bit evenings at the TV screen already being an adult.
In the autumn of last year, Nintendo announced the first console series Nintendo Classic Mini. It is, quite surprisingly, the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System of the 1985 release year – the same prefix, in Taiwan clones of which we all played under the nominal name Dendy. The console was completed with one game controller (the second one could be purchased separately), as well as 30 wonderful video games. Among them were such hits as Castlevania, Metroid, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Ninja Gaiden and others.
After the sale, the console was literally dumped from the shelves of stores, which Nintendo was not ready for. Due to a small print run (2.3 million boxes total), the consoles began to be sold at eBay auctions for fabulous money. With the original cost of just $ 59 NES Mini could be found on eBay for $ 1,000. Such success could not go unnoticed, so the Japanese decided not to stop there. True, this time they promised that they would significantly increase the circulation, so that enterprising “bribes” could no longer cash in on collectors. Nintendo Classic Mini: NES promised to be released for sale again, but only in early 2018.
Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a very long and difficult to remember name, so let’s shorten it in the future to at least the SNES Mini. So, in my review, I would like to tell you about the peculiarities of this unusual console, and also briefly tell about those games that will get bundled with it to each buyer. The cost of the console personally pleased me pleasantly: only 4,999 rubles. Given that this is an official licensed product, and not a penny Chinese clone with AliExpress – the money is absolutely ridiculous. If you calculate the cost of iron and all built-in games console – you get a much more significant amount.
So, I will traditionally begin my review with the study of packaging. I specially made a couple of comparative shots of the boxes of both consoles of the Nintendo Classic Mini series, so you could see how harmonious they look next to each other. Their sizes are absolutely identical. Both packages are made in a similar style and contain on the surface about the same elements. The front surface, for example, shows us the console, its name, age restrictions (SNES Mini in Europe and Russia is recommended for children from 12 years old and up), as well as the number of games that the prefix is equipped with.
But the back surface of the package is entirely devoted to games and only games. Here we see the covers of the original boxes with cartridges. That’s how they looked in the 90’s, which gives the packaging design a kind of charm. In the eyes immediately rushed increased in relation to the rest of the “cover” Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario Kart. With these games, Nintendo prides itself most, because for their time they have become a real cultural phenomenon. It should be noted that the versions of the console, released for Japan and for Europe / the United States, contain several different sets of games (as in the case of the NES Mini). But personally it seems to me that the European set is palpably more pleasant than what the Japanese got.
Unpack the box and extract its contents out.
Inside, I found the instruction manual for the console, as well as a coupon for 300 platinum coins for the My Nintendo club. Those who do not know, I explain: these coins in the future can be exchanged for various bonuses from Nintendo like discounts on games, wallpapers for desktop and other nice things.
Very pleased that the bundled with the SNES Mini comes just two gamepad. In the box with the NES Mini gamepad was only one, so to play together with friends had to buy a second extra.
The build quality of gamepads pleasantly pleases. There is a feeling that you are holding in your hands the original controller from the 90’s. It does not even occur to me that this is a “replica” of the year 2017. The quality of the plastic, colorful buttons, even the rubber of the Start and Select keys is exactly the same as it used to be. Look at yourself.
The SNES controller, by the way, could boast of the presence of two additional buttons L and R, located on its upper edge, which today is commonly called “flip-flops” or “bumpers”.
The cable connector was developed by Nintendo engineers for the Wii console. Since then, the Japanese have been actively using it in some of their projects. And really: why reinvent the wheel, if you already have everything ready and tested by time? It is thanks to this gamepad that is compatible with the consoles NES Mini, Wii and Wii U. The only thing you want to scold the manufacturer for is the length of the wires. It’s noticeably longer than the NES Mini, but it’s still not enough. And to solve this problem you have to buy a long HDMI cable and put the console closer to the sofa. I have not thought up other ways yet.
Specially made a comparative photo of the new gamepad (from above) and the original controller SNES 1992 release (bottom). If you do not take into account the slightly yellowed case and the shabby buttons of the original gamepad – they are almost impossible to distinguish.
The attachment is equipped with an HDMI cable and a USB power cable. Sadly, like in the case of the NES Mini, I did not find a power supply in the box. Nintendo decided to sell it separately, so as not to increase the cost of the console kit. You have to use the charging from the iPhone or stick the cable into an available port on another game console. I agree, it’s not very convenient.