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Is The SNES Classic Edition Worth It?

Is The SNES Classic Edition Worth It?

Nintendo has churned out era-defining games. They’re iconic and hold up well, drawing hordes of players still back to their 16-bit world. It probably surprised no one when their re-release of NES bode (all things considered) extremely well. Today, we have the follow-up, the SNES Classic Edition.

The new console comes in a package as small as two cartridges for the original console. It comes packed with 21 iconic games. And it has (get this) not one but two controllers.

SNES Classic

That’s all well and good. But does the SNES Classic Edition justify the need for a console when one already has, say, a Wii that can play retro games decently too? On this post, we’ll break down everything that you need to know about the new console to help you make a better-informed decision.

It’s (relatively) cheap.

The SNES Classic Edition sells for 80 USD a unit. That’s around 4,100 PHP. For this price, you’re getting the console, two controllers, and 21 pre-packaged games. Nintendo also made under-the-hood improvements that collectively make for a better gaming experience.

The NES Classic was released last year at around the same price.

The games included helped define their era, and there’s plenty of them to keep you playing.

More than 20 games are included in the console. The list includes iconic titles such as Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy III, and more. There’s also a never-before-seen Starfox sequel titled Starfox 2, which users can unlock by beating the first level of its predecessor.

Here’s the complete list of games.


  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • 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 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
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

The hardware is great, with a few caveats.

The SNES Classic is shrunken to a palm-sized replica of the O.G. console. Critics praise how Nintendo managed to mirror the iconic look in such a small form factor, but where the console falls flat is in design elements that matter. While there’s an abundance of ports, for example, the controller’s cable is still a bit short for any decent-sized living room. For your reference, here’s what the NES Classic, SNES Classic, and the original SNES cables looked like.

It plays very, very well (as it should) while adding some welcome updates.

SNES Classic menu games list (with Star Fox 2 wrapped)

SNES Classic menu display options

SNES Classic menu suspend points

On the software side of things, the SNES Classic brings to the table a few staples. A gaming experience that replicates the wonder of the era under which the original console belonged to. A smooth, intuitive interface pre-game. And an improved, uber-sharp “Perfect Pixel” gaming mode that enhances the games’ 16-bit visuals beyond anything you imagine.

Here’s a quick look at what’s inside.

You’ll probably have a hard time getting it in the Philippines.

There’s no official word yet on when the SNES Classic will hit the Philippines officially. There are some game stores who claim that they’ll be able to get you a unit, but we urge you to be very adamant when taking a look at these. Unless you really trust the person/store, we suggest you wait for when the console becomes available locally.

We’ll update you as news becomes available.

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Armando Dela Cruz

Friendly neighborhood nerdboy, at your service. Follow me on Twitter: @armanddc.

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