I don’t remember the exact moment I first laid my eyes on the mere mention of the Super Nintendo, but I guarantee you I waited impatiently each month for the latest issue of Nintendo Power to arrive in my mailbox just so I could read any little blurb or tease Nintendo had to offer about the successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The moment I learned a new system was coming, I set my sights on saving up all of my allowance, birthday money, and Christmas money to be able to buy the system myself. $200 for a system felt like $1,000 to a kid in elementary school at the time, but I saved up all of my money in my tin can and was determined to go pick up the system from Toys R Us or Clover or whatever store I needed to go to to get the Super Nintendo as soon as it came out.
One night, after dinner, my parents handed me the keys to the car to go get something from the trunk. Much to my surprise, the Super NES was sitting there waiting for me. How dare they make me wait until after dinner, right? To think of the two or three hours I missed out on Super Mario World! My parents quickly reminded me that I had saved up for this and I happily turned over all the cash in my can. They may have covered the sales tax for me; I don’t remember to be exact, but my can was depleted of all its contents and I was ecstatic about it. That night, I strongly believe I became the first kid in my school to own the Super Nintendo. At least, the first in my grade for sure.
Now, all these years later, Nintendo is bringing back the Super NES as the inspiration for its successor to the wildly successful NES Classic Edition. Today, Nintendo officially announced the Super NES Classic Edition, which will go on sale in September at a price of $79.99. Once again, I feel the urge to save up the funds to be able to justify the cost. It’s funny because $80 is nothing compared to the $200 I saved up all those years ago, but being an adult means I have a few more budget concerns to take into consideration. So even if I do manage to get my hands on the Super NES Classic, it’s possible I may feel a similar joy and excitement in spending $80 as I did spending $200 back in the early 1990s.
Over on my gaming channel, The McGuire Code, I ran down the contents of the system, including the impressive (yet still slightly lacking?) list of included games. The major selling point will be the never-released Star Fox 2, but RPG fans will be in heaven with the trio of Final Fantasy III (which is really Final Fantasy VI), Earthbound and Super Mario RPG. All that’s missing is Chrono Trigger, but Nintendo is still packing some good quality here with some other signature titles; Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Donkey Kong Country and more. I think there should have been some room for another couple of games, but Nintendo has a gold mine on its hands once again.
Now, how many people will be able to get a Super NES Classic? The demand for the system will be high, and Nintendo is suggesting it will have far more units to sell than they did the NES Classic. That’s good, but the scalpers are already active on ebay just hours after the system was announced.
ebay scalpers never take a day off. pic.twitter.com/qnYaL3pLnJ
— Kevin McGuire (@krmcguire) June 26, 2017
I do hope to be able to get one of these units later this year, but if not, then I’ll just sit and wait for when the inevitable release of the Nintendo 64 Classic is announced.