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Analogue’s new Super Nt console plays every SNES cartridge ever made in 1080p

Analogue Super Nt

Just weeks after the SNES Classic Edition hit store shelves (and promptly sold out), Analogue has unveiled another retro console that will play Super Nintendo games. Dubbed the Super Nt, Analogue's new console can play all 2,200+ SNES and Super Famicom cartridges in 1080p with no lag, and is compatible with all the original accessories.

Not only will is play the entire SNES library, but it's also one of the more stunning retro consoles on the market. While Nintendo nailed the scale-model design of the NES and SNES Classic Edition, the Analogue Super Nt looks like what the SNES might have looked like if it were designed in 2017. It's genuinely stunning and beautifully understated.

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The coming game cartridge renaissance?

Enlarge / You can’t beat an authentic cartridge (reproduction) for that authentic experience. (credit: iam8bit)

The fact that Street Fighter II is seeing another re-release later this year isn't all that surprising. Since its arcade and 16-bit heyday, the classic fighting game has appeared in some form or another on the PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PSP, Saturn, Xbox, Xbox 360, iOS, and feature phones, after all.

What was surprising is that this latest rerelease of the ur-fighting game would come on an actual, playable Super NES cartridge. Creative production company iam8bit will start shipping a limited run of 5,500 Street Fighter II 30th Anniversay Edition cartridges—in "Opaque Ryu Headband Red" or "Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green"—starting in November. Pre-orders have already sold out for the $100 package, which includes a retro-styled box, "Premium Instruction Booklet," and "Retro Pack-In Surprises."

Re-releasing old games on new hardware has long been common, of course, and there's also been a growing niche industry of specialists releasing playable cartridge versions of homebrew titles, rare prototypes, and ROM hacks on a variety of classic consoles. But this is the first time we can recall a cartridge-based game getting an officially licensed re-release in its original format, on its original platform, decades after its original launch.

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SNES Classic Mini: Quick preview by someone who has never barrel rolled

Sebastian Anthony

I have an awkward confession to make: growing up, I never owned a SNES. I had a NES, but then no other console until the N64: my dad brought an Olivetti 8086 PC home from the office, and I was much more interested in learning how to use MS-DOS than play games. Imagine the collective chagrin, then, when I was first to receive the SNES Classic Mini, rather than Kyle, Sam, or Mark.

All this is to say: forgive me if I don't do the SNES and its hallowed history justice. I am vaguely aware of what a barrel role is, but I have never performed one. The purpose of this story is to give you a good idea of what's inside the Mini SNES box, and to tell you about a few other special features that haven't been widely publicised. More in-depth coverage from one of the aforementioned Nintendo fanboys will follow.

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Super NES Classic pre-orders start later this month

Is this an SNES Classic Edition in a normal-sized hand, or a normal SNES in a giant-sized hand? (credit: Nintendo)

Though the Super NES Classic was announced over a month ago, US retailers have yet to begin offering pre-orders for the console ahead of its September 29 launch (though international pre-orders are already being flipped for inflated eBay prices). Now, Nintendo is promising via Facebook that domestic pre-orders will start "late this month" at "various retailers."

After insufficient supplies led to quick sellouts and high resale markups for the discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is again promising that more systems will be available for the Super NES Classic's retail tenure. "A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day and throughout the balance of the calendar year," the company writes. That statement follows previous assurances from Nintendo that "we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition." The NES Classic Edition shipped 2.3 million units.

Nintendo's announcement follows a retail fiasco last week in which Walmart mistakenly offered Super NES Classic systems for pre-order then was forced to cancel those pre-orders. "We know this is incredibly disappointing to those customers and we apologize for the mistake," the retailer said in a statement. The mistaken listing sold out within minutes late on a Friday night.

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Scalpers already reselling SNES Classic pre-orders at 150% average markup

The SNES Classic Edition may officially sell for $80, but that's much less than some are willing to pay to secure a pre-order. (credit: eBay)

It's been less than 24 hours since the Super NES Classic Edition was announced, and we're still more than three months away from the plug-and-play system shipping to retailers. But that hasn't stopped resellers from profiting off "guaranteed" pre-orders for the system at significant markups over retail price.

A quick search on eBay already shows 23 "sold" listings for the Super NES Classic Edition (including its international counterparts) at a median price of $199, or a 150 percent markup from the $80 MSRP Nintendo is asking for. On Ebay UK, you can find 22 more units than have sold for a median of £180 (about $230), up significantly above the the £70 to £80 retail price. One seller managed to get $389.99 for his pre-order, earning over $300 in profit for being able to click quickly on the "buy" button.

Major US retailers seemingly haven't opened up official pre-orders for the Super NES Classic Edition yet, though some have set up landing pages to sign up for future stock alerts). Online pre-orders at British retailers including Amazon, Game, Smyths, and ShopTo sold out incredibly quickly after going up yesterday. Nintendo's official UK store also sold out within minutes after offering the system online today.

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