How does the SNES Classic Edition fare among those who managed to snag a copy?
When the SNES Classic was first announced, it was obviously going to be a big deal. Promising a strong collection of classic SNES games capable of running on HDTVs, a price point far cheaper than full consoles, and the long-awaited release of Star Fox 2 gave players much to look forward to. It's almost enough to look past Nintendo's inevitable stock issues, no matter how much the company promised to resolve the problem.
Still, now that the system has launched the question is whether it's worth all the fuss. Our own Alex Donaldson found it to have many of the strengths and weaknesses you'd expect while acting as a notable improvement on the prior NES Classic. Meanwhile, critics of all stripes have been happy to share his thoughts on this item, making it an ideal time for yet another reviews round-up!
See all of them below:
- Game Informer - "You shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to have so many amazing games at your fingertips"
- Destructoid - "...the SNES Classic Edition is yet another way to introduce some GOATs to new generation, and I'll happily go along with it"
- Polygon - "a delightful but compromised gaming experience"
- Kotaku - " As both a collector’s item and a regular addition to anyone’s gaming rotation, it is superb"
- Nintendo Life - "The perfect link to the past"
- IGN - "The tiny, delightfully detailed console makes it quick and easy to have an authentic ‘90s Nintendo experience with some of the greatest games of that era"
- Engadget - "...nearly all the games Nintendo has included in its latest console are as enjoyable today as they were when they were first released"
- Geek.com - "Star Fox 2 is 1995’s Game of Year"
- CNET - 4/5
- The Verge - "Nintendo has curated an amazing collection of 16-bit games, and stuck them in a tiny box that requires no fuss to set-up or maintain. You can just play."
- TechRadar - "With the SNES Classic Mini, Nintendo has really hit its retro console stride"
- GameSpot - "If Nintendo’s looking to capitalize on 16-bit nostalgia, I’d say it did a damn fine job"
The Nintendo SNES Classic is out now, even if stock issues have rendered that point theoretical.