This Owl managed to secure a pre-order of the Nintendo SNES Classic Mini way back when they were first announced. I was actually walking through Birmingham at the time, and I managed to get one as I was walking. I was lucky, as they pretty much disappeared (until yesterday, launch day), with silly money exchanging hands just for a guaranteed pre-order. Pussycat has been most amused at how much I have been looking forward to this coming out, and my frequent showing her how ‘cute’ it is.
I previously managed to get a NES Classic Mini too, at the time no one really knew how rare they would become and despite being tempted to sell it for megabucks, I have so far resisted. The NES Classic Mini was quite disappointing, it looked nice, but it only came with a single pad, and that pad was constrained by a ridiculously short cable.
The SNES is a different beast. There’s more games that I am fond of, which helps, but the major factor with it is it comes with two pads bundled with the system, and those controllers have slightly longer cables. The first game I played was the one I was most looking forward to playing again, after many many years. Super Mario Kart.
It was amazing how quickly you get back into the swing of things mostly from muscle memory! 1st in all the Mushroom cup races on my first attempt! After that, a bit of Street Fighter 2 Turbo (still terrible at it), first level of StarFox (its still amazing) and finally a level or two of Super Mario World.
Going forward, I’m really looking forward to playing (and finishing) Zelda: A Link to the Past (A game that I never really got into the first time round), and Donkey Kong Country (A game that I finished with more than 100% complete – still proud of that!) and controversially, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – which I think is better than the original. Even now, it still looks incredible. I still remember looking at it 1996 when it came out and thinking the graphics were amazing. Of all the SNES games (bar the excellent Unirally, RIP) I still think it looks incredible.
Time will tell if the hype is all that for the SNES Classic Mini, and I say this as an Owl who has almost permanently had a Dreamcast hooked up to the TV since 1999 and never owned anything past the Xbox 360.