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Hands on: SNES Classic Mini

The much-awaited SNES Classic Mini is finally here! If you pre-ordered with EB Games like I did, you may have received your SNES today too. Read on for first impressions and unboxing photos showing what you get in the box.

The EB box is a little deceptive since the actual SNES box is only half the size but fortunately, everything is nicely packed inside.

You can only imagine how exciting it was to open up the box. The SNES was the first console I grew up with so there’s a lot of nostalgia in one tiny box. Once you open up the box, you’ll find the following:

  • Mini console
  • 2 x controllers
  • 1 x mini-USB charger
  • 1 x HDMI cable
  • 1 x user manual
  • So much potential fun


Check out these close-ups of the console from a few different angles:

The console is tiny enough I could lug it around with me in my handbag no problem. If you walk around with a laptop, while it would look ridiculous, you could totally plug the console in and play on-the-go.
It’s a straightforward plug ‘n’ play kind of affair when setting up the console. It took under 5 minutes after checking how to plug in the controllers (Hint: You pull out a cover at the front).

The controller feels really solid in its construction as is the console itself. The console is operated by yes, the POWER and RESET buttons you find – I can’t remember the last time I played a console with a physical switch but it’s so satisfying to hear the ‘click’ sound it makes.
Once you’ve gotten everything fired up, you’ll find the console runs really smoothly with all the glorious 8-bit sounds and music that you’d expect.
Here’s a video showing the main game menu plus short gameplay of F-ZERO. Gotta love the click-clack noise of the controller buttons <3