I think that as long as it’s not wrapped up for too long it won’t be a problem. To be honest when I got it, I liked the look of it more than out of use, and for a fiver it was worth a punt. Looks like it belongs in the 80s (rather than the 90s from when the SNES came out) so the design intrigued me to want to keep for display purposes.
Ah fair enough, I think for a tenner it's more for easy transportation to a mates house. After typing this out I now realise that isn't happening anytime soon (annoyed)
Only just clicked what you mean here haha
Haven’t really tried, but not a big fan of wrapping the controller wires. I stress I haven’t tried, so it may be possible to store them without wrapping
Any reason you wouldnt store your snes in it? Might cancel my order if its substandard
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Not likely, I'm always correcting staff buying errors when it comes to the retro stuff and unless it's stated on the box, it probably wouldn't be required for a mint grade. And if it is mentioned on the box then staff would probably miss it anyway. A lot of staff just aren't savvy to the retro stuff, I once had to re-price a £100 copy of Mario Bros on NES because it was actually a £12 copy of Super Mario Bros, and that was the assistant manager at the time that bought it in wrong.
Don’t like this, but used the code for the infinity gauntlet for my son, so £20 off (y)
Considering this is 47.99 with other retailers, this is good. Voted hot
Zavvi used to be competitive once.
Retro Games Console: The Best SNES Classic Mini Deals
The SNES Classic Mini is a much smaller version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), a games console released by Nintendo in the early 1990s. It comes with two period controllers and a library of 21 classic games. Easy to install and play, it offers a step back in time to a different gaming era.
If you want to explore the world of the SNES, this little system is the way to do so, and this hotukdeals buyer's guide will explain everything you need to know.
SNES: Nintendo's Entertainment for the Whole Family
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System first appeared in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, where the ripples were felt across the world. Soon, imported systems were appearing in the UK and America, and gamers could see that Nintendo had come up with a winner – and a worthy successor to the incredibly successful NES.
In the early 1990s, the SNES conquered all comers, becoming easily the biggest selling 16-bit console and trumping the SEGA Megadrive. With titles like Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World and the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the SNES accumulated a seemingly endless library of classics that still play beautifully over 20 years later.
As with most older consoles, SNES games were largely forgotten when the N64 and GameCube arrived, but they weren't gone for good. In the 2000s, something amazing happened. As games became more lifelike, and users started to complain about costs and “downloadable content”, demand re-appeared for more simple gaming experiences. Retro-gaming filled the gap, and companies like Nintendo took notice.
After releasing many older games via the Virtual Console, Nintendo launched the NES Classic Mini in 2016 and then followed this up with the SNES Classic Mini in 2017. A tiny version of the original masterpiece, it's been one of the sensations of 2017 and is a wonderful way to resurrect one of the greatest of all games consoles.
How Does the SNES Classic Mini Work?
The SNES Classic Mini is basically a pint-sized recreation of the Super Nintendo just without a cartridge port. Instead of having to juggle carts, players can simply pick the games they want to try from a menu which boots up as soon as you turn on the console.
The whole thing comes in a period-style Nintendo-branded box, which is a neat touch, and the console unit is an almost exact replica of the original system as well as the classic controller, so anyone who owned a SNES back in the day will instantly feel right at home.
As for the software, gamers will be delighted to find 21 different titles that Nintendo have curated as the best of the 1990s, and the collection includes some bona fide classics. Here's the complete list:
That's a pretty good spread of games from a classic era, with racers, platformers, shoot 'em ups, fighters and RPGs to enjoy. The only blank spot might be sports, although boxing is included. But if you remember titles like Super Tennis, you'll have to find another way to relive them.
Controlling the games has changed a little, too. Instead of analog ports, the twin controllers bundled with the SNES Classic Mini connect via USB ports, and the controllers have four-foot-long cords that allow players to sit a comfortable distance away from the screen. You can just plug the console into standard HDMI ports on flat screen TVs, by the way, so there's no need to source a period cathode ray tube to get playing.
During gameplay, the SNES Mini offers four save points for every game – something that was never available for players on the original SNES and a godsend during epic bouts of Zelda. If you abandoned a title twenty years ago after finding it too tough, these save states might allow you to finally reach the end.
Visually, the SNES Classic Mini doesn't just emulate the hardware of the SNES. It also emulates a cathode ray tube display, creating a real burst of nostalgia as the scan lines start to form. But you can also switch to more modern, high-resolution options if that's what you're used to.
All of this fits into the palm of your hand – a strange experience for anyone who actually played a 1990s console, and a great way to introduce younger players to a golden era of gaming pleasure.
What Have People Been Saying About the SNES Classic Mini?
Since being announced in mid 2017, the SNES Classic Mini has generally attracted rave reviews. Industry publications and newspapers alike seem to appreciate the work Nintendo have done in recreating the authentic SNES gaming experience for a new generation.
For instance, the Daily Telegraph noted that, “Fun for all the family was always the SNES’s mantra” and added that, “oh, how it holds up today.” Tech Radar judged that it was, “packed with almost every one of the best games produced for the system” and that, “with the SNES Classic Mini, Nintendo has really hit its retro console stride.” While Tech Crunch found that, “hundreds of hours of amazing gaming here for just about every taste.”
Another thing that some commentators have noted is that the SNES Classic Mini has possibly been too successful. Almost as soon as it was announced, pre-orders outstripped supply, making it hard to get hold of one after the first rush. Ebay and Amazon have taken up the slack, to an extent, and Nintendo will be shipping more units, but some buyers may still have difficulties getting hold of one quickly.
SNES Classic Mini: Buying Options
Nintendo have launched the SNES Classic Mini in a single package, with the 21 games listed above, although it's worth noting that there is also a Japanese edition which features some additional games.
The European version comes with the SNES Classic Mini console and two original style controllers, which connect to the console via a 6-foot cable and USB ports. It also comes with an HDMI cable to link up the system with your television as well as a USB power cable to make it easy to charge your device on the move (or at home). An AC adapter for the cable will also be needed, but Nintendo haven't included one with the SNES Classic, so be sure to get hold of one before your system arrives, to avoid any disappointment. Brands like Gioteck manufacture USB adapters tailored specifically for Nintendo consoles and are not very expensive. You should also be able to find them available for less at the hotukdeals SNES Classic listings. There's also a Nintendo branded adapter which may be slightly more expensive but might also be bundled in with the console, so check for combination deals as well.
And what about the Japanese version? Well, Japanese gamers will be able to play the following games that European players cannot: Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon, Tetris Attack, Super Formation Soccer and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. It's listed at around the same price ($70/£60) but comes in a different box. So, if you really want to assemble a complete collection of Super Nintendo classics, you'll want to get both editions.
Then there's the American version, which is a little bit different again. The original Super Famicom had a different look in the USA than Europe and Japan, with a chunkier design, and Nintendo have followed these original lines to create the Classic version. Many people prefer the looks of the European and Japanese version, but collectors will definitely want to get hold of the American unit too. The games are the same on the American and European models, by the way.
Is Buying the SNES Classic Mini Better Than Purchasing an Actual SNES?
Some people will be wondering whether it's worth buying a slimmed down version of an original console which has a restricted palette of titles? Whether you used to enjoy gaming on the SNES or you're exploring what the 1990s had to offer, it's definitely worth considering getting hold of an actual SNES console, but the SNES Classic Mini has plenty of appeal as well (and with the discounts available at hotukdeals, it might be possible to buy both).
For real gaming history fans, the main advantage of the original hardware is the ability to use any of the over 1,500 games made for the SNES. With just 21 titles included with the SNES Classic Mini, you'll surely miss out on some memorable experiences if you stick to the updated version. But having said that, the new Mini console has a collection of sure-fire winners that are absolute classics. If you'd purchased them separately, the cost would have amounted to hundreds of pounds, making the SNES Classic Mini an excellent way to sample what the SNES has to offer at a bargain price.
Another thing counting against original consoles is price. It might be possible to track down a SNES for less than £50, but don't count on it. Many vintage systems sell them second hand for over £100, making the SNES Classic Mini much more appealing.
SNES Classic Mini: Massive Comeback for a Mini Console
Are There Any Other Ways to Enjoy SNES Games Besides the Original Hardware or the SNES Classic Mini?
Over the years, various options have emerged for people who want to find out more about SNES gaming, and there are still a few alternatives to Nintendo's official products. But beware, these systems tend to be cheaper and less reliable than the licensed products.
For instance, you can buy something called the Hamy Trio Console, which has slots for SNES, SEGA Megadrive and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridges. Or there's the Retroduo console from Retro-Bit, which also caters for classic NES and SNES cartridges and comes with a couple of authentic controllers.
Reviewers have been mixed in their reception of these systems. Some have pointed to the poor quality of their controllers, while others have noted that they aren't all that reliable at detecting original cartridges. And at around the same price as the SNES Classic Mini, they might not be great value for money.
However, what they do have in their favour is their ability to accept old cartridges that you might have in the loft – something that the SNES Classic Mini simply cannot do. So they have their place.
There's another way to play SNES games without buying a physical console: the Virtual Console on the 3DS, Nintendo's handheld system. The range of Virtual Console games is slightly larger than the SNES Classic Mini and includes classics like Pilotwings, Final Fight, Breath of Fire, Mega Man 7, Demon's Crest and Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 which aren't present on the smaller console.
Each title costs a few pounds from the Nintendo eShop, so if you want to try them one at a time (and you have a 3DS, a Wii, a Wii U or Nintendo Switch to play them on), it's a good choice.
What Are Some of the Classic Games On the SNES Classic Mini?
If you've never played a single SNES game before, you're in for a treat. Every single one of the titles included with the SNES Classic Mini is a briliantly designed game with hours of gaming to be had. Here are some of the most iconic of them all:
Super Mario World – When the SNES was first launched in 1990, this was the game that sold a million then ten million consoles. Mario's first SNES outing was an instant classic, with superb cartoon graphics challenging gameplay and the kind of jaunty music, humour and gradual difficulty increase that Nintendo pulled off so well in the 1990s. It hasn't aged a day.
F-Zero – Another early SNES game, F-Zero looked incredible when gamers first saw it, with its futuristic, high-speed racing action. Compared to the NES or even the Megadrive, these graphics wowed players, offering a taste of the adrenaline-filled racing games that the 90s would specialise in.
Super Mario Kart – However, while F-Zero was exciting and beautiful, Mario Kart took the crown in the multiplayer stakes, and for many people it still does. If ever a racing game could be described as “timeless”, it's Super Mario Kart. With its amusing characters and sound effects, it's huge range of courses, weapons and power ups and the sheer joy of defeating your mates with a skillfully placed banana skin, Mario Kart is a gem and will always offer a magical gaming experience.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – By the time the SNES came out, Zelda was established as the world's most popular role playing game, and Nintendo knew that their fans expected something special from Link's first outing on the new console. They delivered, with A Link to the Past offering one of the biggest game worlds ever created. Since 1991, millions of people have sought to save Hyrule from the evil Ganon, and with the launch of the SNES Classic Mini, millions more probably will too.
Star Fox – By 1993, Nintendo needed something extra special to galvanise the SNES. New systems like the PlayStation were on the horizon, and the SNES graphics were starting to seem less impressive. But they had an ace up their sleeves, and its name was Star Fox. This 3D vector-based shooter was breath-taking when it appeared in February 1993, with fast-paced, accessible space-based action. As an added bonus, SNES Classic Mini owners get to try Star Fox 2, which never saw the light of day in the 1990s but takes the action to another level.
Super Metroid – Another classic Nintendo franchise, it was inevitable that Metroid would appear on the SNES, and when it did the results were spectacular. One of the greatest platform shooters ever made, Super Metroid looks fantastic and manages to create a truly dark, almost gothic Sci-Fi world. It's still a winner, even today.
That's just a small sample of the 21 titles bundled in with the SNES Classic Mini. Much more than just an injection of nostalgia, these are all-time gaming classics that still inspire modern games and still play brilliantly.
Are There Any Other Systems in the Nintendo Mini Range?
Yep. Gamers can also purchase the NES Classic Mini, which appeared in November 2016. It comes with 30 games, including classics like Dr Mario, Ghosts and Goblins, Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, and Ninja Gaiden – all of which are great fun and most of which are completely family friendly as well (like most SNES games).
However, buyers need to be aware that Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic in mid 2017, with a view to re-releasing it in 2018. So, in the meantime the only versions you'll be able to purchase are those that remain in stock at UK merchants or second-hand devices. That won't stop you buying one, but it does drive their price up a little.
How to Purchase a SNES Classic Mini at the Best Price
If you want to relive the golden era of gaming, or introduce your kids to the games you loved when you were young, now is the perfect time to do so. Nintendo's SNES Classic Mini offers a wonderful portal into a different time, one where games were more family oriented and more accessible but no less challenging.
As an officially licensed Nintendo product, the SNES Classic Mini isn't that cheap, but it's not prohibitively expensive either. Although the official release date is listed as 29th September 2017, it has been available for pre-order for months, and much of the first production run has sold out – making it really important to know where to get the best deal.
If you want to delve into the world of SNES gaming for less, head over to the SNES Classic Mini hotukdeals listings. You'll come across reductions from leading UK games merchants like Smyths, Argos, Asda, Amazon, ShopTo, Very and GAME. You can also see at a glance when stock arrives at UK retailers, helping to work around the bottleneck caused by the pre-order rush.
If you want to save even more money, be sure to check out the hotukdeals listings as Black Friday approaches. Nintendo will surely ensure that enough stock arrives for the Christmas rush, and short-term flash deals will appear around mid-November. Being a member of Amazon Prime also doesn't hurt, with special deals for members on all sorts of gaming products.
Return to Gaming's Roots By Purchasing a SNES Classic Mini From hotukdeals
Whether you're tired of today's soulless first-person shooters or you want to show your children what real games were like, getting hold of a SNES Classic Mini will be one of the year's gaming highlights. Full of classic titles, this is a magical little product. You can get one for less and relive the glory days by shopping at the SNES Classic Mini hotukdeals listings.
If you check out the questions section on the Argos page people have asked about the fact that this is the wrong colour scheme for the UK and possibly even the wrong shaped inserts.. I would guess that is why they are flogging them cheap. just to get rid of them. Hi Holea, The pal version is designed differently from the American released SNES and may not fit. Thanks for using Argos Q&A. Helpful?Yes (0)No (2)
Does it come with a flask ? ;)
Thanks, was a rhetorical question I was aware of that :) my point really was what is the point of the case... are they pretending the SNES is portable. I mean I suppose anything is portable on some level, it just seems a stretch, especially when is a traditional console that plugs into a TV.
Yeah I own Trump he is in my basement!
Got one. Fits fine
Posted 28th Sep 2018Posted 28th Sep 2018
Nintendo Classic Mini NES £45.00 @ Currys ebay w/code PAYDAYeBay Deals
No, you're right! I tried one of these aswell, (as they just looked so cool) but they're absolutely useless in all the ways you just described. I have been very unimpressed by most things that Hori has brought out for Nintendo products. I'm amazed that Nintendo even gives them a license. For the SNES Mini, the 8-bitdo versions are the best wireless ones that look and behave how a snes controller is supposed to. But on most wireless controllers you are still limited by range. So what I prefer to do for both my NES mini and my SNES mini is just use an extension cable on the original wired controllers. There's some pretty good ones out there which work out much cheaper than buying expensive controllers. When doing that though, it's worth looking out for the ones that let you link up multiple extension leads. (as some will lose signal if you link up more than one, whereas others have been designed with repeaters built into the connectors, so you get zero signal loss). The Orzly ones are a good example of ones that work well for multiple linking. I don't always need to, as they're often loing enough as they are. but depending on what room I'm in, it has been necessary at times. (my friend has a big living room where the couch is far away from the TV, and saved us no end with that method).
Don't touch these with a ten-foot pole. I returned mine, as did a lot of people, because they're utterly useless as a fighting controller. (mad) Without using swear words it's difficult to do justice to how bad these are. (poo) (poo) They miss diagonals, which means rotations are virtually impossible. Their wireless range is ridiculously hit and miss, even in a small room. HORI should be HORIfied that they put out such an awful piece of junk. Sorry OP, I don't know of a better price so I won't give cold, but seriously, these are absolute junk. Edit: Some feedback from others in the Nintendo Life hardware review comments: -- "I bought this and sadly its VERY bad. Connection problems, misses 9/10 diagonals (making street fighter awful!) Signal easily blocked by small physical objects, occasional noticeable lag, directions hanging as if constantly pressed. Unbelievably poor. Not sure how this has been praised here as I've not used a wireless controller with so many problems since the 90s... so in that way it's at least era accurate. Seeing this mentioned elsewhere too, so either this review is way off or there is a seriously large bad batch... Taking mine back for a refund,and I'd advise anyone thinking about getting this to seriously avoid it. I'd love to see footage of the reviewer playing a single decent round of SF2 with this thing." -- Just want to say I have this and as above it is VERY bad for Street Fighter II. The diagonals don't register so you can't pull off any moves when you need to. 1/10 for Street Fighter and any games that require diagonals. For anything else it's usable. Except the button layout is explicitly set for Street Fighter! So it's worthless. I've put in a preorder for the 8BitDo controller. Hopefully the quality is better. -- I don't know if the reviewer got a special copy or what but it's almost impossible to pull off diagonals and since this controller was made for fighting games hence the name fighting commander it's practically useless for me. I only bought this for street fighter and you can't dodge or pull off combos without diagonal controls so I don't know if the reviewer got paid to just hype this up with fluff, got some reviewer copy that didn't have this defect, or just didn't test it out on street fighter which would be crazy but do NOT buy if you wan't 8 way directional controls. And if you see an 4 or 5 star review on a retailer site chances are that the person didn't use it for street fighter or doesn't care but all the 1 and 2 star reviews out there are deserved, HORI which produces great gaming accessories and excellent peripherals really dropped the ball on this one, seems like they rushed it out of the factory and into the stores too soon.
must be a way to get it to work on PC surely!?
I knew I shouldn't have looked at hotdeals today lol heat added
Out of stock for delivery or collection in Staffordshire.
Posted 29th Jun 2018Posted 29th Jun 2018
Nintendo Classic Mini (new) £42.38 @ShopTo eBay w/code PERFECTDAY (USING US METHOD)£42.38£49.8515% offeBay Deals
If anyone bagged one please let us know if it actually gets delivered as Music Magpie may say it got "lost in the post" as it does for other items like games when they feel they get screwed over on the price.
Lol (lol) .
Hope the people posting these 10am deals don't actually want one themselves (lol)
Yes there are. I've had mine playing arcade and PS1 games. There is a really active scene.
Posted 16th May 2018Posted 16th May 2018
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I got mine from Tesco ages ago with a discount code and partners staff discount for £50
Like SNES controllers :D A lot nicer than the square pieces of **** you got with the Master System/NES, another reason I don't get why people want a NES mini, the other being it's basically the same hardware as the SNES mini.
A few N64 games are meant to work but the ones I tried ran like (poo) I also tried a few PS1 games, maybe I'm misremembering but I don't recall them looking as bad as they do on the snes, and obviously filesize is an issue unless you use a USB stick or DL 'rips'. I'm sticking to 8/16 bit games, 3D games don't age very well anyway.
What do the controllers on these feel like?
These can also be modded. It's pretty simple. Mine holds 241 games at the moment including Nes, Snes, Sega genesis and Mame games such as Simpson's Arcade game and Super sidekicks. I think it can also play n64 and ps1 games although I'm yet to delve into that!
Posted 17th Apr 2018Posted 17th Apr 2018
8Bitdo SF30 Pro Retro/SNES Style Bluetooth Controller for Windows, MacOS, Android and Switch - £24.49 @ Zapals£24.49Zapals Deals
A great little bluetooth controller normally priced around £35-£40.
Can't say i have, but it has a pairing mode where it identifies as an switch pro controller and i know the pro controller is compatible with cemu so if i was guessing id say it would have a good chance, but hopefully someone can provide a definitive answer (y)
Anyone tested with CEMU?
These instructions are taken from the 8bitdo website, the short answer is you hold a few buttons in connect the micro usb cable and run the update program. Firmware update instruction 1.Download the firmware file first from http://support.8bitdo.com/ 2.Press and hold L1+R1+START buttons on the controller to put it on its update mode. LED on the top will blink in red. 3.Connect the controller to your Windows or macOS via the USB-C cable. 4.Click on “USB Upgrade” on your device, search for bluetooth_firmware.dat in the pop-up window and run it; 5.Un-plug the gamepad when the upgrade process is done, then restart it before using. * Press and hold L+R and then plug in USB cable to update the controller if it does not power on.
yes just go here and click on the firmware tab and choose the download for your controller. they are very regularly updated
I was able to preorder both from smyths for nes and argos for snes for the £49.99 and £59.99 prices but I know i was in the minority there!
Good (highfive) The only people who benefited from the NES mini's low production run was scalpers, no one I knew who wanted one got one. With the SNES everyone seems to have been able to find one, even if it was a bit difficult early on.
Read about this, what was the issue (some) games running slower? I remember some games on the Dreamcast had a 50/60hz option, although not that many TVs supported 60hz, which is still an issue today (annoyed)
I went the opposite way and sold my retro stuff due to PAL, urgh. We really were treated as second-class citizens back then. It has a negative effect though, I thought I was an F-Zero master until I first played the NTSC version on an imported SNES ;(
Not played on it so you're probably right. Can we agree on £40?