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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.

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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.)

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

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

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

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

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The box is lovely, too.

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

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

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

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It fits snugly in your palm. 

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

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

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

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

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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.

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