/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

The SNES Classic looks so much cooler in Europe

With colourful buttons and a curvy body, the PAL version of the SNES Classic looks way better than the US edition.

andrewhoyleheadshot2013-2.jpg
Andrew Hoyle
nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-14
1 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Feast your eyes on the European version of the Nintendo SNES Classic Mini.

This micro games console has caused quite a stir in the US already due to scarce availability. But what those of you clamouring for the plain grey and purple model in the States might not know is that the European version is packed with colourful buttons and adorably curvy corners.

The cute console is on sale in the UK now for £80. (If you can find one. It's pretty scarce here, too.)

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-16
2 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The console comes with 21 games preloaded, including Super Mario World.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal
3 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

While the US version has hard corners and various shades of purple, this model is a casserole of colour.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-13
4 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The controller is the same shape, BUT LOOK AT THOSE BUTTONS, YOU GUYS.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-3
5 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Four -- count them! -- four colours. Four.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-11
6 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The box is lovely, too.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-12
7 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It looks exactly like the original European PAL version of the SNES, released here in 1992.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-17
8 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It's powered using Micro-USB and you hook it up to your TV with an included HDMI cable.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-10
9 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The colourful version the Europeans have (and had with the original SNES) looks the same as the Japanese model, called the Super Famicom.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-8
10 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-9
11 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It fits snugly in your palm. 

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-4
12 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The buttons are all identical to the 90s original, only smaller. That's not a real cartridge slot, though -- all the games are preloaded.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-18
13 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

You'll find bona fide classics like Super Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past on board.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-6
14 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-15
15 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The eject button is massive but does absolutely nothing as there's nothing there to eject.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-5
16 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Those ports on the front are fake too -- they flip down to reveal the real ports that you'll plug your included controllers into.

nintendo-snes-classic-mini-europe-pal-2
17 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The controllers are the same size as the originals, which is good. If they'd been made similarly mini they'd be a real pain to hold on to.

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

40 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
2022 Ford Maverick: This super-affordable hybrid pickup could be a gamechanger

More Galleries

2022 Ford Maverick: This super-affordable hybrid pickup could be a gamechanger

66 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

63 Photos
Meet the new 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan

More Galleries

Meet the new 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan

25 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
2022 GMC Sierra puts on its fancy pants

More Galleries

2022 GMC Sierra puts on its fancy pants

20 Photos