SNES Classic Edition guts are identical to NES Mini

Hackers are going to have a field day.

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Nintendo's new SNES Classic Edition uses the same cheap (well cheaper) internal components as last year's massively hyped NES Classic Edition, but costs 33% more.

SNES Classic Edition guts are identical to NES Mini |

The SNES Classic Edition costs $80 compared to its predecessor's $50, but you won't be getting any new snazzy or upgraded hardware with your purchase (you do get an extra controller and a great library of games though). In fact, the SNES Mini has the exact same budget internal guts as its 8-bit sibling, right down to the Allwinner quad-core R16 SoC and 256MB of SK Hynix DDR3 RAM--even the board is 100% the same.

This essentially means that the SNES Mini's 21-game library will likely be expandable via hacks and other such ROM trickery just like the NES Mini.

Here's what's inside the Super Nintendo Classic Edition:

  • Allwinner quad-core R16 System-on-Chip
    • Quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU
    • ARM Mali400 MP2 GPU
  • XPowers AXP223 Power Management Controller (PMIC)
  • SK Hynix 256MB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Spansion 512MB NAND Flash

I've been told by sources that both the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles use recycled components found in unused Wii U gamepads, but I've yet to verify this information. I'm hoping to pick up a mini-console up for myself when the release tomorrow so keep an eye out for more coverage on the nifty little box.


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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