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The SNES Classic Edition, coming September 29 for $79.99
The SNES Classic Edition, coming September 29 for $79.99

Rumors that Nintendo would release a Super NES follow-up to its successful NES Classic Edition have been circulating for months, but Nintendo still managed to surprise everyone with the bombshell announcement this morning: The SNES Classic Edition will come with Star Fox 2, a previously unreleased sequel to 1993’s Star Fox.

The Super NES Classic Edition will launch on Sept, 29 for $79.99—a $20 premium over the price of the NES Classic Edition. However, unlike the NES Classic, the Super NES Classic will come with two wired controllers, alleviating one of the major issues faced by those who were lucky enough to get their hands on an NES Classic.

The SNES Classic Edition, coming September 29 for $79.99
The SNES Classic Edition, coming September 29 for $79.99. (Nintendo Photo)

Nintendo was unable to keep up with demand for the NES Classic following its wildly successful launch, and the mini-console was ultimately discontinued earlier this year despite continued strong sales. According to an April article in Eurogamer, “Nintendo’s plans for SNES mini are also a major reason why last year’s NES mini did not see a reprieve from discontinuation.”

It is unclear whether the Super NES Classic edition is intended to be more of a permanent product in Nintendo’s lineup than the NES Classic Edition was. We have reached out to Nintendo to comment specifically on this, and will update this story if we hear back.

[Update: In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo said that they “will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition,” but they also declined to promise that the mini-console would be produced beyond “the end of calendar year 2017.”]

The Super NES Classic Edition will come with 21 games (nine fewer than the NES Classic Edition):

  • 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 Super NES Classic Edition comes with 21 games
The Super NES Classic Edition comes with 21 games
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