With the official launch date set for Friday, September 29, many gamers who preordered the SNES Classic Edition are wondering what to expect when they unbox their console. It's also seen some thoughtful hardware tweaks, hot off the back of criticism around the NES Mini.
Confirming that the internal mainboard is the same, the corners - carved out to fit within the NES mini shell - remain the same on the SNES model, even though there is no real need for them to be touched at all. When it announced the SNES, pre-orders sold out just as fast and stores ran into all kinds of technical problems, much to the chagrin of a nostalgia-driven gaming public.
Thankfully, for those less interested in Star Fox 2, there's plenty of reasons why the SNES Nintendo Classic Mini is a brilliant lineup to Nintendo's family of consoles. But these are powerless to the overall joy it is to use: it's well worth buying if you're a Nintendo nut.
Because the SNES came in a different - and frankly ugly - form in the USA, we Brits get the same handsome Japanese model that released on our shores in 1992.
The Super Nintendo is a different story.
The SNES Mini again allows you to create save points for all games - even those that didn't allow it in the '90s.
It's not cheaply built, either. The old seven-pronged controller ports are moulded into the plastic, but they're an illusion: the whole front panel actually comes off to reveal a pair of connectors for the pads, which use the same port as you find on Wii remotes.
Nintendo has also listened to some of the criticisms around last year's NES Mini and chosen to address them. In practice, it's still far too short to be a genuinely practical living-room entertainment, but it's good to know that Nintendo is addressing complaints. The SNES is probably the console that Nintendo is most known for.
There's a reason why the first mini-console flew off shelves previous year - or went for three times the asking price from the third-party sellers on sites like Amazon. As with the NES Classic, Nintendo lets you "suspend" games in progress, so you don't have to wait to get to a save point in a game. Better still, there's enough variety to give almost everyone something that suits their tastes. Pixels are sharp, colours are crisp, and it really feels like a premium way to play through some of your old favourites - there's even a CRT filter if you still want some retro softness. We still like it a lot, though, and once again you'll be happy to pop it back on the display shelf when you've finished playing.
The SNES Classic is also a flawless gift for youngsters, as it serves as an educational tool for parents or young uncles and aunts to give to their kids and nephews to open their eyes to a generation of momentous, impactful and important titles.
Despite its inclusion, Nintendo locks this lost gem behind a one-level playwall that requires you to complete the opening level of Star Fox before you can delve into its sequel. Plus, there's something added to the experience when playing these games with the same controller in which they were meant to be played. Some would certainly say so, as the only games we haven't really mentioned are Super Castlevania IV, which looks fantastic thanks to some age-defying graphics and an equally memorable soundtrack. Nintendo shows why many consider them to be the Apple of video games. Instead of a linear story, it plays out as a real-time strategy, asking you to pick planets, enemy outposts and search parties to capture. The game demonstrations are actually your past gameplay rather than just canned demos of the game. As we have reported on several occasions, the SNES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the original SNES that comes preloaded with 21 games and is capable of connecting to modern televisions. There's even the inclusion of lesser-played titles like Earthbound and Secret of Mana too. Plus it doesn't have that disgusting yellowing that many SNES consoles are facing, so that's a plus as well. Comparing it to Atari's new console, it's an absolute bargain (although Atari's will play more than just classics), but it's also going to be absolutely impossible to get hold of.
The SNES Mini could easily be a cynical money grab attempting to abuse childhood nostalgia and it definitely is, but it's our childhood and it is pretty damn irresistible.
The SNES Mini goes for £70, at least in theory.
One thing worth noting for collectors: if you are looking for a box protector for your SNES Classic, the systems box is the exact same size as the NES Classic.
It's also annoying that Nintendo has - yet again - decided not to package it with a three-pin to USB plug adapter and the new 1.5m controller cables are still far from long enough.
The console is packed with little touches that Nintendo does so well.