We Get Up-Close With The SNES Classic Edition

The SNES Classic Edition comes out on September 29, but Nintendo sent us the system a week early. Our immediate future involves spending a lot of time with the library of classic 16-bit games, and we should have some impressions to share next week. In the meantime, check out this gallery of pictures we took of the unit itself, including a controller-cord length comparison. 

Once you get everything unwrapped and set out in front of you, the SNES Classic Edition is going to look a little something like this. 

If you are very tall and looking down on the unit and its array of accessories, it will look like this instead.

Unlike the NES Classic Edition, this unit has a flappy thing you need to fold down to access the controller ports. It’s an understandable choice; the bare ports don’t fit as well with the original design of the SNES. 

Not much going on in the back – just and HDMI port and a power plug. You’re probably saying, “Boring! When are we going to get to the comparison of the controller cords?” Don’t worry. That’s coming.

First, we have some different comparison shots: The SNES Classic Edition versus the NES Classic Edition.

But what if you took the units out of their boxes? They are still very small. But how small are they compared to the originals? To know for sure, you’d almost need… 

…That’s right! The original units, side-by-side, with the new versions right there too. That is some first-rate comparing, if we do say so ourselves. Okay, with that out of the way, here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for:

The cord length comparison. As you can see, the SNES Classic Edition controllers have shorter cords than the original. But they are longer than the NES Classic Edition controller cords. Is that going to be an issue when it comes to the overall experience? Tune in next week to find out when we post our full review!

While you wait, you can get even more SNES Classic Edition info by taking an in-depth look at the menus and soundtrack, or watching nine minutes of the long-lost Star Fox 2 (which is included with the unit).