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By Dan Moren

Super Nintendo Classic arrives in September

As promised, Nintendo has announced it will release a mini version of its 16-bit console, the Super Nintendo, this fall. The Super NES Classic comes with 21 games…including, as Polygon reports, one unexpected one:

Star Fox 2, which has been widely available as a ROM, never actually made it out onto the Super Nintendo. It was canceled before its official release.

That game won’t be available to play from the start, however. Players will have to unlock it through playing the original Star Fox game, also included with the SNES Classic Edition system.

Costing $80, the Super NES is more expensive than its predecessor, but it does also bundle in a second controller. (And those controllers get longer cables too, hurrah!)

The real question on everybody’s mind is exactly how hard will these be to get? And, moreover, how long will Nintendo sell them. The company’s previous foray, the NES Classic, was the hot item of last year, but Nintendo up and stopped selling them once the initial run was gone. Nintendo says that there will be more of the SNES Classic, though the company also has shied away from committing to producing them after the end of the year. In other words, the operative strategy is probably still to get ‘em while they’re hot.

My real question is whether or not the trend will continue next year—because I really want an N64 Classic.

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[Dan Moren is a tech writer, novelist, podcaster, and the Official Dan of Six Colors. You can email him at dan@sixcolors.com or find him on Twitter at @dmoren.]