Nintendo has refreshed its stock of NES and SNES Classic consoles.
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The Classic consoles are always in-demand and have infamously sold out when they first go on sale, with many players eager to get hold of the little nostalgiac machines the second they become available again.
This stock refresh – announced via a tweet from Nintendo America – will come as good news to people eager to play their old favourites in HD on modern TVs, then.
“#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29!” Nintendo’s tweet reads.
“This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year”
If you’re looking at picking one of the machines up for Christmas, then, this is good news.
You can buy the consoles here.
For anyone that’s forgotten, the SNES Launched in Europe in 1992 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System contains 21 pre-installed classic games, can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable.
Plus, for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game that was created during the Super Nintendo era but never released anywhere.
Here’s a quick list of those 21 games included:
• Contra III: The Alien Wars™Donkey Kong Country™• EarthBound™• Final Fantasy III• F-ZERO™• 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
Earlier this year, Atari announced more plans for their similar retro project.
Atari’s Video Computer System (often referred to as the VCS) has been the victim of many delays, but we should be hearing when pre-orders for the machine are due to go live this April.
The new machine, which bears a strong resemblance to the 1977 VCS 2600, isn’t quite a console though – not in the same way you’d call an Xbox One or a PS4 a console.
The machine is actually more like a PC-lite – a Linux-based platform that supports keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth, or comes with a dedicated pad (which looks a bit like an Ouya or OnLive pad… remember those?)
The console will ship with Atari classics loaded onto the system, the same way the Nintendo NES Classic did.
The difference is, Atari plans to also add upgraded versions of old games to the system, too, giving you a specific reason to nab the console, even if you emulate older titles.
You can read more about that here.