Nintendo announces the SNES Classic, September launch date

Last year Nintendo released the NES Classic which featured dozens of classic Nintendo games and the thing sold like hotcakes. Many people were dismayed when the gaming company announced earlier this year that they were discontinuing the system. Nintendo came out and said that the NES Classic was not intended to be a long-term product, which led to rumors that a possible SNES system could be in the works.

Fast forward to today:

Here's a list of games that was announced in a Nintendo press release:

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has the same look and feel of the original system – only smaller – and comes pre-loaded with 21 incredible games:

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!! ™
Yoshi’s Island™

While I don't look back at the SNES as fondly as I remember the original Nintendo console, I can't tell you how many hours I sunk into games like Super Mario World and Super Street Fighter 2.

There is an arcade bar a block away from my apartment which my wife and I frequent anytime we need to get a nostalgic gaming fix. It's easy to see how these throwback consoles are so popular, they scratch a very similar itch. Hopefully Nintendo has better expectations of what demand is going to be like this time around, I'm sure it will be a huge seller this holliday.