In my last update on August 4th regarding the SNES Classic, I was less than enthusiastic regarding the upcoming launch of the retro console. Im happy to report even with the seemingly low amount of consoles that reached our local retailers, I had two opportunities where I could have purchased one. However I Opted to get just one so that one more person would get to experience it. Im happy to report that scalpers don’t appear to be getting much more than retail price. On average most units are selling for $110-125 with free shipping.
So after we put our kid to bed, I made a pallet on the floor in our basement in front of the big TV grabbed two drinks and patiently waited for my wife. I was reminded of my parents doing the very same thing when they would put me to bed and it brought a smile to my face. Modern games have advanced in so many ways over the years, greater narrative, brilliant graphics, and the Multiplayer Experience. But there is something to be said about these early Classics, a certain character and quality that make them so admired and memorable.
Is the SNES Classic worth the 80 dollar price tag? I want to Start with the Negative and then end on a positive note. (because trust me most of what I have is petty.)
-Why 2 Kirby games!? Why not include Chrono Trigger or Donkey Kong Country 2? Im guessing it came down to licencing costs for Nintendo, but I digress I have yet to play a Kirby game so I will reserve judgement.
-Why no Expansion capability? While this console does have many of the greats available why didn’t they include a USB slot and later on introduce themed USB expansions with 10 or more additional games. Seems like based on today’s standards most developers are looking for opportunities to extend the shelf life of a game or console as long as possible.
-Why not manufacture in droves? While Nintendo has addressed the failures of the NES Classic and supposedly ramped up manufacturing for the SNES it remains to be seen. It would be nice to see these things pile up like left over Easter candy at retailers. Thus Ending the scalping hopefully.
-Reset button! I love the extra details that Nintendo got right including functioning buttons. However its kind of annoying to have to get up and hit the Reset button to go back to the home menu to load, save or rewind. I have read that the home button on the Wii Classic controller fixes this but I have yet to test it yet.
All that I have left is nothing but good things actually,
-Impressive build Quality. from the functioning buttons, to the Controllers and feel. This thing feels great to be so small. I swore the eject button in the middle would have worked based on the looks alone.
-Feature Rich:4 Things I loved.
1)The save state function is well done, each game has 4 save slots and its very easy to load.
2)The Rewind feature also comes in handy and lets you rewind up to a minute of footage letting you drop back into the game at any point. This came in handy when trying to beat a tough boss in Link to the past.
3)The Video Filter gives you the option of remembering what its like to play on a CRT TV. This way you if you no longer have one to enjoy you can get a case of nostalgia.
4)I stumbled into the demo mode while waiting for my wife to play Super Mario World. After 60 seconds of inactivity, Mario and luigi begin jumping across the gui jumping on saved states and loading them up to run autonomously . It also will play intros to the various games including the long one for Final Fantasy 3, and its entertaining to watch.
All-In-All Im very happy with my purchase, yes it would have been cheaper to build a raspberry pie, and it would have far more games BUT this little console was very well thought out has some cool features and was well built. And is well equipped with everything you need out of the box. With the overall commercial success Nintendo has experienced lately with the Switch and now this, they are beginning to show that they care about their heritage and are proud of it. Hopefully they will continue to embrace Retro and who knows maybe we will see a N64 Classic this time next year…