PlayStation Classic vs. SNES Classic vs. NES Classic: Retro Showdown

With a exhibit of a PlayStation Classic, Sony is strictly jumping on a retro console disturb that Nintendo sparked with a NES and SNES Classic systems.

Like those consoles, a PlayStation Classic will be a little reproduction of a iconic 1994 system, finish with true reversion controllers and a ton of games that will chaperon in a initial 32-bit retro console.

But how does it smoke-stack adult to a competition? Let’s have a look.


Retro consoles live and die by their diversion selections, nonetheless it’s not wholly transparent nonetheless usually how plain a PlayStation Classic’s lineup will be. The console is now reliable to embody Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms, nonetheless a system’s remaining 15 games have nonetheless to be announced. Will we get Metal Gear Solid? Castlevania: Symphony of a Night? Resident Evil 2? Only time will tell.

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The NES Classic is a leader in terms of ideal volume, offering 30 games including such staples as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Castlevania, Mega Man 2, Punch Out and Tecmo Bowl.

But while a NES Classic wins on quantity, a SNES Classic’s 21-game lineup arguably has even improved and some-more fast titles, with such classics as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Past, Super Metroid, Street Fighter II Turbo and Donkey Kong Country. It’s also a usually central approach to play Star Fox 2, that was scrapped usually before it was set to launch in a midst 90’s.


All 3 consoles share a same simple pattern principles: they’re little cosmetic replicas of a strange systems that are powered by USB and bond to your TV around HDMI. The PlayStation Classic even apes some of a simple functionality of a Nintendo rivals, such as a ability to postpone your diversion by dire a Reset button.

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Same goes for a controllers, that are all flattering faithful, to-scale recreations of any system’s gamepads (though a NES and SNES Classic cables are woefully short.) The PlayStation Classic controllers are formed on a launch models, so those awaiting a some-more complicated DualShock pads might be let down.

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For what it’s worth, a controller ports on a NES and SNES Classic also support Nintendo’s Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro pads. It’s misleading accurately what controller tie Sony is regulating for a PlayStation Classic.

Special Features

The SNES Classic is installed with neat reward features, including save states, arrangement filters that elicit your classical CRT TV, and a accessible rewind underline that lets we spin behind a time when you’re struggling in a formidable game. The comparison NES Classic has many of a same features, save for a rewind functionality.

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Sony has nonetheless to announce a PlayStation Classic’s full apartment of features, nonetheless a system’s central proclamation blog seems to prove that it will also support a ability to postpone and resume your diversion like Nintendo’s consoles do.


At $60 with 30 titles, a NES Classic gives we a many games for your money, nonetheless it usually comes with one controller. The SNES Classic packs dual gamepads and 21 games for $80.

The PlayStation Classic is a many costly of a garland during $100 for 20 games, that is now a bit tough to swallow deliberation we’ve nonetheless to see a full list of enclosed titles.

As it stands right now, a SNES Classic arguably gives we a best brew of peculiarity games and hardware for a price. But, naturally, a value of any complement will mostly come down to how most we caring about aged PlayStation, NES or SNES titles.

Bottom Line

The PlayStation Classic could finish adult being a good choice to Nintendo’s proven retro packages — we usually don’t know adequate about it yet. With a right diversion lineup, Sony’s reversion console could be a ideal time transport appurtenance for folks with a affinity for a early days of 32-bit gaming.

Naturally, if old-school Nintendo is some-more of your thing, you’re improved off with a NES or a (superior) SNES Classic. But we’re fervent to see how Sony stacks adult to a classical foe come December.

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See Also : All 21 SNES Classic Games, Ranked Best to Worst

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