Following the success of the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is releasing the Super NES Classic Edition. If you are getting the new retro system, there are a few other complementary products to check out as well so that you can get the most out of your experience. Below, you can find our buying guide for the best Super NES Classic Edition accessories.
About SNES Classic Edition
Before we start, let’s take a brief overview of the SNES Classic Edition. On the hardware side, the console is a miniature version of the Super Nintendo system that was released in North America many years ago. The hardware comes with two wired Super NES controllers that use a different plug than the original gamepads.
On the software side, the SNES Classic Edition comes with 21 games. The most notable one is Star Fox 2, a game that was previously canceled before release. You can check out the full list of pre-installed games below:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- 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!!
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
The aforementioned Final Fantasy III is actually Final Fantasy VI. It was originally called Final Fantasy III in North America as it was the third localized release since Final Fantasy II, III and V was not officially released in English until much later. With the Super NES Classic Edition, Nintendo and Square Enix decided to use the Final Fantasy III name instead of Final Fantasy VI.
Nintendo also added some quality of life features to the Super Nintendo Classic, the most notable of which is being able to rewind time. This is helpful if you are constantly dying in the same spot. Another great feature is being able to create suspend points, which allows you to save at any point in any of the above-mentioned games.
PDP SNES Classic Deluxe Carrying Case
If you are going to bring the Super NES Classic Edition with you while you travel, then it may be best to get a carrying case. The PDP SNES Classic Deluxe Carrying Case, which has been officially licensed by Nintendo, features a hard outer shell in addition to soft foam inserts to protect the system and its two controllers.
There is also room to store the Super Nintendo Classic Edition’s cables as well as game artwork. The included artwork are six double-sided pieces featuring the covers of F-Zero, Star Fox 2, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Users will be able to customize the front of the travel case via these inserts.
If you are interested, you can purchase PDP’s SNES Classic Deluxe Carrying Case with this link on Amazon.
Hori Super NES Classic Edition Fighting Commander Wireless Controller Pad
While the Super NES Classic Edition comes with two wired controllers, it may not be a bad idea to purchase another one. This is especially true if you did not enjoy the using the original Super Nintendo controllers.
The best brand when it comes to modern gamepads for 2D games is the Hori Fighting Commander. The Super NES Classic Edition, which has been officially licensed by Nintendo features a six button layout with the L and R shoulder buttons being in the same area as the regular A,B, X and Y face buttons. It also comes with slow-mo functionality as well as the ability to independently set turbo settings for each aforementioned button.
The Hori Super NES Classic Edition Fighting Commander Wireless Controller Pad should be great for fighting games, such as Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (which is packed into the Super Nintendo Classic Edition), as well as other 2D games in general. You can purchase it with this page.
Keten Nintendo SNES Classic Extension Cable
One of the biggest problems with the original NES Classic Edition was that the cable for the included wired controller was only three feet long. With the Super NES Classic Edition, Nintendo decided to increase the length by two feet for the SNES Controllers. With that said, five feet may still be too short for some gaming setups, especially if you would like to sit a good amount away from the television screen and/or monitor.
For that reason, we recommend taking a look at the Keten Nintendo SNES Classic Extension Cable. This product will add ten more feet to the controllers. In addition to the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, these extension cables can also be used with the NES Classic Edition, Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuck as all of these hardware use the same connector type.
The Keten Nintendo SNES Classic Extension Cable is available for purchase with this page.
Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics
The SNES Classic Edition can be seen as a celebration of Nintendo’s 16-bit system. If you are in a celebratory mood, then you might want to check out the Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics book as well.
The massive Prima Games published book, which contains 320 pages, will talk about the Super Nintendo’s games (including the unreleased, until now, Star Fox 2), history, legacy and memories. There is also a dedicated speed running section for the classic SNES titles. Last but not least, there will be a foreword written by Reggie Fils-Aimé, President and COO of Nintendo of America.
The hardcover version comes with an exclusive slipcase that resembles the packaging of a Super Nintendo game. You can purchase either edition with the following links: Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics Paperback Edition and Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics Hardcover Edition.
So, if you have, or are planning to purchase, the Super NES Classic Edition, make sure you check out the accessories and other complementary products we mentioned above so that you can get the most out of your experience with the retro system.