Since latest news threatened to swallow up the Switch thread, I thought maybe we might be due for it to have a page all of its own. With that said:
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition
This is the new hotness -- or will be, when it launches for $79.99 USD/$99.99 CAD on September 29th with two controllers and 21 games:
· Contra III: The Alien Wars
· Donkey Kong Country
· Final Fantasy III
· 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
This lineup is especially noteworthy as to date, the only appearances of Yoshi's Island as a digital download have been the Game Boy Advance version -- once as a Nintendo 3DS Ambassador title, and the other on the Wii U Virtual Console. Suffice to say that there are some differences that some people don't appreciate, such as the inclusion of Yoshi's voice and the GBA's tendency to make some masterfully rendered compositions sound like gassy bowel movements.
Arguably bigger still is the first-time ever availability of the original Star Fox for the first time since the original Super NES release. For this and Yoshi's Island, Nintendo somehow got around the need for the Super FX Chip, and we can finally enjoy these games again! And I don't know about you, but despite its remake in Star Fox 64, that game's sequels, and its remake on the Wii U, the Super NES Star Fox remains possibly my favorite game in the franchise. The music alone is to die for, and is so seldom remixed, but when it is, it's oh-so good.
The goodness doesn't end there, however! For the first time ever
, we're getting Star Fox 2 -- presumably the finished version, unlike those patched-up incomplete versions that have been floating around the web for years. The game has been mined for its innovations and content, some of it winding up in Star Fox 64 and some of its aforementioned sequels and remake. I haven't played Star Fox Zero yet, but Star Fox Command's controls are no-go for me, and not for a lack of trying, so getting to experience some of this stuff in a game with regular working controls will be a nice and refreshing change. Plus, not everything
got stripped from it for other games.
Oh, and Europe is getting it
, too. Theirs sports a different shell, one resembling the Super Famicom, but the games are exactly the same -- like, exactly
the same, as Super Probotector: Alien Rebels will be Contra III: The Alien Wars (Bill and Lance included), and Starwing is Star Fox, among other changes.
Don't think Japan is getting left out
, but they're getting some different games: Earthbound, Kirby's Dream Course, Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out!! will be replaced by Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, The Legend of Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), Super Soccer, and Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers. Your guess is as good as mine as to why Capcom would give us the version with four fewer fighters.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition
The AtGames 2017 SEGA Genesis Flashback
AtGames is known for making a lot of these plug 'n play consoles, among them the SEGA Genesis, the results not always being... great.
These tend to boast some 80 or so games, a lot of which are basically crap filler included to bloat the number on the box. This time around, the games included are:
Adventure in the Park
Alex Kidd in High Tech World
Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Baku Baku Animal
Bottle Taps Race
Break the Fireline
Chakan: The Forever Man
Cross the road
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
ESWAT: City Under Seige
Fantasy Zone The Maze
Fight or Lose
Fish Tank Live
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat II
Phantasy Star 3:
Generations Of Doom
Phantasy Star II
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal
Shining in the Darkness
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic Drift 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic Triple Trouble
Super Thunder Blade
Sword Of Vermilion
It can also play cartridge games!
The 2017 model, which will also be available in September, is the first time the AtGames system has been HD ready. They've also included a Rewind button, and the promise of better sound and inputs
, among other features:
If it's as good as they're promising, then maybe Nintendo (and bad reviews) forced them to raise the bar for their product.
AtGames isn't the only one doing what Nintendon't, as TecToy -- SEGA's partner in Brazil who released their previous platforms and games for the last 30 years -- is actually making brand-new SEGA Mega Drives
, and even new cartridges
and new games
for it to celebrate the occasion. It's an actual Genesis/Mega Drive (which could actually be personalized
), but like the others mentioned above, includes several games preloaded as well:
COLLUMMS III: REVENGE OF COLUMNS
CRYSTAL´S PONY TALE
GOLDEN AXE 3
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER
If you decide you want one of these, it'll run you about $124USD before any sort of taxes, import fees, etc.
And just to round this off, if anyone wants to talk about them, AtGames has made a host of other plug 'n play consoles
, including Atari, Intellivision, and ColecoVision, plus some handheld versions
which kind of skirt the line, I guess.