So one of the biggest bits of news to come out over the past week was the announcement from Nintendo that they were going to be releasing the Super Nintendo Classic later this year, just in time for the holiday season. So what do we know so far?
It will be available on September 29, 2017. Preorders have begun in a lot of places around the world. At the time of writing, preorders have NOT begun in the US. But preorders elsewhere in the world have ALREADY sold out.
It will retail for $80. If you can manage to get one at retail, the MSRP will be $80. If the Nintendo Classic edition is any indicator though, once it sells out, you can expect to pay 3-4 times that to people re-selling the console. (At the time of writing, the price of the NES Classic being resold on Amazon is between $200-225 for a $60 console.)
It comes with 2 controllers. This may not seem like a huge deal, and is probably the reason why this one is more expensive than the first Classic reissue. But it means you can play multiplayer right out of the gate without having to make an additional purchase. Nintendo has also said the cables for these controllers will be longer than the ones sold for the NES Classic, one of the biggest criticisms for the first attempt.
It comes with 21 games. It's not the 30 that the NES Classic came with, but arguably these games are higher quality and will provide more playtime than their 8-bit brethren. The biggest selling point for a lot of people is that they are including Starfox 2 with the system. It's a game that was finished back in the day, but never got released because it was finished right at the cusp of the N64 launch and the move away from the SNES and into the world of 3D. Which is a pretty cool idea of something to do. Importantly, I think that there aren't any weak games in this lineup. Everyone you expect to be there are there: Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Samus, Mega Man, the Belmonts, Street Fighter, F-Zero, Final Fantasy 3 (really 6), Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, etc. I look at the list and the only game that I wouldn't be excited to play again is Super Punchout. While there are a bunch of games you can wish had also been included, the lineup they secured is pretty strong.
It will be available until the end of 2017. The biggest gripe most people had with the NES Classic was availability. After selling out almost immediately, they only randomly appeared in stores. And then one day they were just gone. Right off the bat this time, Nintendo has said they only plan to have the console available through the end of the year. So we know what to expect. They also say that basically aren't prepared to comment about any availability after the end of the year, so there's a change they might extend the run, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Speaking of availability, they will be shipping at least twice the number of SNES as they did the NES. We know this because Nintendo is reportedly shipping 160k systems to France for the September 29th launch. By comparison, they only sent 84k of the NES systems to France for the entirety of the throwback console's run.
So what do you think about the SNES Classic? Do you want one? Would you rather Nintendo get off of their asses and get the Virtual Console out for the Switch? Would you rather see Nintendo do something like the new Sega Forever thing? Let us know in the comments below.
** CHOP'S eSPORTS GAME OF THE WEEK **
Friday and Saturday are absolutely STACKED with potentially good games. There are 5 teams crammed up into the top 4 places in the standings as we hit the halfway point of the LCS Summer Split. And all 5 of those teams face off in one way or another over the next couple days.
Friday June 30th @ 6pm Eastern - Cloud 9 vs Team SoloMid - Top two from last split. Rematch from the Spring Split Finals. TSM is tied for 2nd and Cloud 9 is only a game back. Seriously two of the best teams in the league with an absolute monster matchup in the midlane between Bjergsen and Jensen.
Saturday July 1st @ 3pm Eastern - Team SoloMid vs Immortals - The top two going into the weekend in a pretty epic clash. Are the Immortals for real, or is it all just hype? This will be a good test for them.
Saturday July 1st @ 3pm Eastern - Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud 9 - Cloud 9 gets to play both teams tied for 2nd place this weekend. It gives them a great chance to catch up. But if they drop both games, it could be a disaster of a weekend for them. CLG looks to show that they really are all on the same page and ramping up to take North America to Worlds.
As always, you can find coverage of these games on LoL Esports.