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Well, it's been almost two years. Definitely time to change nibs... I mean, tips! XD

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That's some tight packaging, let me tell you. ;D

Great timing, honey!
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Finally! I own Star Fox 2! All I had to do was buy a console! A mini-console at that. I thought it might be fun to take pictures of unboxing an Australian Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, aka the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition in North America. I really dig the 90s packaging. Click the images for larger versions!

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So many games! Considering what these games went for originally, the SNES Classic is a deal at AUD $119.95 (~USD $93.73)! Although, the Virtual Console is cheaper, but since that's not on the current console, the Nintendo Switch, I guess this is as good as it gets. Also Star Fox 2 isn't on the VC.

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I really like the inclusions of the 90s era illustrations of Link and Mario on the bottom.

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Very compact.

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It's got all you need! The console (important), two "authentic" controllers, a manual, an HDMI cable (whoa!), a USB cable for power... Wait... No AC adapter? NINTENDOOOOOO!!

And guess what I ordered and didn't show up when the console did? That's right! The AC adapter! Yay! I love money saving measures by corporations due to globalism. :D

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Oh well, back to the photos. Here's the undersides.

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The SNES Classic is ready for its closeup. The detail is very nice. I grew up in the USA, so I had a North American SNES. I did want one like this though since it looks like a Japanese version except it has a Super Nintendo badge. I really prefer this over the dull 90s purple that we got in the USA.

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The bottom of the SNES Classic. It's weird to see a URL on the bottom of a SNES.

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The back of the console. Look at that huge HDMI logo. HDMI, BITCHES! No more proprietary Nintendo AV Multi-Out Video cable! Also, there's a micro USB port for power, so again, yay embracing standards!

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So time to plug in my SNES Mouse! ...Oh no! These ports are too small! And fake!

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I think it's cute they hid the real ports behind a panel with small, authentic-looking port accents. I'm worried about the door snapping off though, but then again, those Wii ports are pretty big and ugly. Style wins this time.

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Fortunately the SNES Classic comes with two controllers. Trevor complained the X and Y buttons weren't concave, but that was only used on the American controllers. I didn't notice because I've always used the Super Nintendo AsciiPad Turbo Controller (BEST CONTROLLER for SNES!) which had the rounded rainbow buttons even in the Americas.

One thing I did notice is the plastic is way rougher than the original controllers, like rough sandpaper. Maybe I'm misremembering, but I recall SNES and Super Famicom plastic not being like this. It's not bad, just different.

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The back of the controller.

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Here's a comparison of the plugs, the newer Wii plug and the older SNES plug. I wonder if the SNES Classic controllers would work with a Wiimote? Something to try out!

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So let's play this thing! It doesn't seem big enough for my Super Game Boy! Let's take the Game Boy cart and see if it fits...

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Kirby's Pinball Land is small enough, but this cartridge door doesn't open! Oh well, we'll try turning it on and seeing what happens... When the AC adapter arrives. XD

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Here's the manual! My, how these things have gotten smaller.

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Here's the back of the manual.

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And here's a closeup of the most useful part of the manual. It was super helpful in finding where the controller ports were (I was mystified). The rest of the manual is online, which is super useful. There's a lot of documentation after all, especially with 21 games. Let's save some trees and burn some coal. :D

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And then, a miracle! My awesome postie showed up with the AC adapter. It was not lost! AUD $19.95 extra (~USD $15.59), btw. Again, thanks for saving yourself money by decreasing the number of versions per region by making me buy the AC adapter seperately, Nintendo!

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I do love the Nintendo logo on the AC adapter. Authentic!

And that's it! I got ahead of myself and posted the win screen from Star Fox 2 before these photos, but hey, that's what this is all about, playing the games. :D I'm very happy with the SNES Classic so far since it's a nice collection of games for the SNES. I didn't expect FFIII (aka FFVI) and Secret of Mana to be included. Also, more SNES controllers, especially with more modern plugs, are always welcome! Also, Star Fox 2!

Argonaut Games are awesome.
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I've been waiting a long time for this. My initial reaction to the finished Star Fox 2 is that it's good, maybe a little better than Star Fox Command, a game clearly inspired by this game but slower than SF2 (from what I can remember).

The controls are good, driving the mecha form is actually fun, and the different characters really make the game different. I found myself using Miyu and Fay exclusively because dem shields (plus they're super cute <3 ). The variety in missions is great, and the bosses that pursue your craft really add some tension. When a missile shoot turned into a Star Wolf dogfight because the missions stacked, that was awesome.

Had this come out in 1995, it would've been one of the games of the year definitely. I can see why Nintendo thought this might cannibalize the N64's success. It's better looking than anything on the fuzzy N64. Though in the end it didn't matter since the N64 wasn't released till 1996 thanks to classic Nintendo incompetence. (Don't worry. It's always temporary.)

That all said, it's got an unfinished feel to it. Maybe that's because Hard Mode is the real game? Or did they mean for it to be a short and sweet game? Or have I gotten way better? Well, let's move onto Hard Mode and find out. :D

Fay or Miyu? Both!
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Inkerin'.

Marble texture.