The Super Nintendo Entertainment System may have seen its final days before some gaming fans were even born, but that hasn't stopped the console from making headlines. The SNES, known as the Super Famicom in Japan, was discontinued in North America in 1999 and then pulled from shelves overseas a few years later in 2003. But those who still own an original Super Famicom can look forward to an exciting new addition to the system. A new game release for the Super Famicom is heading to Japan this June.
The forthcoming game is a beat-'em-up side-scroller called Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero. The title isn't actually a brand-new, never-before-seen one, as it was originally launched on the SNES/Famicom in 1997 through the system's Satellaview peripheral. The Satellaview was a system add-on exclusive to Japanese units and granted players access to digital content like e-zines, downloadable content, and full titles available through a subscription service.
What is new about the release, however, is its format. The late '90s original was only available through download, but now, for the first time ever, players can purchase a physical copy of Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero. The upcoming version is currently set at a $62 USD (6,998 yen) price point, and will be out on cartridge to commemorate the game's 20th anniversary.
Over a decade after its official discontinuation, and the SNES is still in the limelight, and in the hearts of many gamers across the globe. It seems that the more boundaries are pushed in the gaming world, the more often executives, developers, and publishers look back on the successes of the past to innovate and satisfy.
In the past, gamers have imagined modern-day titles as SNES-compatible games, and one has even taken hardware elements of the old-school system and implemented them in a fresh release. The most recent example of such a crossover came with YouTuber JordiPower, who decided to create a Nintendo Switch mod design that made the console look like the SNES. JordiPower's physical reworking seems to show that the '90s Nintendo unit still holds relevancy and a special place in gamers' hearts.
With the announcement that Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero is coming to the Super Famicom, even more eyes will be on Nintendo than ever before. What's especially interesting to consider is that the title is releasing in June, the very same month Nintendo unveils its E3 2017 events, holding several live tournaments and announcing a dazzling line-up of new Switch titles.