My Christmas highlight was definetly receiving a SNES Classic. I had sought after an NES classic but was never able to get it due to the scarcity of the product, and the SNES classic was a bit above my price range. Unwrapping it was euphoric, and I immediately wanted to get started. The console performed a little bit better than I expected, although that may be because of extra modifications I made.
From a hardware perspective, the SNES Classic is pretty basic. It basically functions as a SNES emulator with a fancy menu. The size is one of its best features, as it can sit well on a PC tower or TV stand. However, the controller cord needs some work. I advise anyone who buys this console to also buy some 6ft or 10ft extenders, as otherwise, you will have a bizarre situation of the console being suspended by the HDMI cable and your controller cord. From an aesthetic point of view, the console is pretty sweet. It replicates the SNES look pretty great, to the point of having little covers over the controller port. I am by no means an expert on video game hardware, but it seems to be very solid work. I haven’t encountered any crashes so far and It seems to work perfectly.
The games on the SNES Classic are definetly some of the cream of the crop when it comes to SNES games. I have had tons of fun with Kirby’s Dream Course, Contra, Mortal Kombat, and Earthbound mainly, but have dabbled in every game that comes with the system. The only glaring omission I can see is Chrono Trigger, a fantastic turn-based JRPG that is one of the first things that come to mind when I think “amazing SNES games”. All of the games work well with the console, and due to new hardware, the typical lag I associate with games like Contra is all but gone.
Now as I mentioned before, the SNES classic is basically a SNES emulator and this meant one thing to me. It was time to mod it as far as it could go. I added a load of Roms to the game to start with and then went on to new borders and controller bindings. The console was pretty easy to mod with a program that I won’t name here, but you should be able to find pretty easily. My favorite games I added to the console have been Battletoads x Double Dragon, the obvious Chrono Trigger, Zombies ate my neighbors, and oddly enough Tetris. These editions have made the console at least 5x better in my mind, and I don’t think I would have as good of a time without them.
Overall, if you loved the 4th generation of consoles, you will have a good time with this. It is not without faults, and you will need to add in some of your own things to maximise longevity, but the console is solid and with the room for modification it is easily worth the purchase.