When the SNES Classic Mini was first released, I was unable to get my hands on it. It sold out so fast that, by the time I had the cash for it, all that was left was those be resold by scalpers. And as we all know, the prices were outrageously inflated… So I never imagined that I would be able to get my hands on one. Then, out of pure chance, I looked at the SNES Classic Mini on Amazon about a week ago, and it was in stock! At the original price!

I could not believe my luck. So, that very day, I ordered it from Amazon. However, it said that it would arrive a week later, which is very slow for Amazon. So, I was really concerned that stock was low and that they would end up cancelling the order because of lack of stock.

So, you can imagine how happy I was when, sitting at the office, I got a notification from the Amazon app that “your package has been delivered”. Now that I’ve finally gotten my hands on this little box of magic, I decided to write up what it was like unboxing the SNES Classic Mini. Now I know these sort of things are usually done as videos, but honestly, I’m far better at writing than speaking.

Right then, let’s take a look, shall we?

The Packaging

One thing that I can say about Amazon is that they typically use packaging that is far larger than it needs to be. I’ve ordered small items that can fit in my hand and they’ve arrived in A3 size boxes. It’s just something that I’ve come to expect from them.

Much to my surprise, the box that the SNES Classic Mini came in wasn’t that big. As you can see from the image above, it was bigger than necessary, but not over the top. One side was filled with folded paper, which I assume was to act as both filler and padding. However, it worried me that the padding was only on one side. On top of that, it wasn’t exactly strong, as I could hear the SNES Classic Mini moving around in the box before I opened it.

Therefore, I was rather worried that the console itself might be damaged.

Thankfully, when I took the actual box out of the postal packaging, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t damaged at all. The packaging had worked, and the delivery man (to his credit) had taken care of it. Of course, as I’m in the United Kingdom, we got the European style version of the SNES which, personally, I prefer. It just looks clean and subtle, hiding the amount of power hidden within.

Opening The Box

Having checked over the outer packaging of the SNES Classic Mini, I felt comfortable that it should be in good condition. If it wasn’t, I would have sent it back immediately. However, it looked good so I decided to check out the console itself.

The SNES Classic Mini box comes with the following;

  • 1 USB cable in a sealed plastic pack
  • 1 HDMI cable in a sealed plastic pack
  • An instruction manual in a plastic pack
  • 2 classic SNES style controllers, wrapped in protective packaging
  • The SNES Classic Mini console, wrapped in protecting packaging and sitting neatly in its own compartment

Firstly, I have to commend how well everything is packed. The console itself can’t move around, keeping it safe. Everything else is securely fitted into a small space, meaning that they don’t roll around in transit.

Once I got all of the packagings off, I checked everything for scratches, dents or any other damage that could have been suffered during transport and delivery. Thankfully, there was nothing wrong with the console, cables or controllers.

Testing The SNES Classic Mini

Having checked each and every item that came in the box for damage, I started fitting the cables into my current setup. The USB cable is just over 1 metre in length and acts as the power cable. Note that there isn’t a USB mains plug adaptor that comes with the SNES Classic Mini. You can buy one separately, which is just over £15 on Amazon. However, I didn’t want to spend more at the moment, having just spent £70 on the console itself. Thankfully, the SNES Classic Mini uses so little power that I connected it to the USB port on my TV and that was enough to run it.

The SNES Classic Mini itself is so small that it was easy to fit it in anywhere around my setup. In fact, it is so small that (as you can see above) it fits in one hand! I mean, I knew it was going to be small, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that tiny. I placed it on the same shelf as of the AT Games Mega Drive (which you can read my review of here).

The HDMI cable is about the same length as the USB cable, so it reached perfectly from the bottom shelf of my computer desk, out the back and up to the HDMI port on the TV. The controller cables are just 1.4 metres (4.5 feet), so if your gaming room or TV is further away from your chair than that, you’ll need an extension cable. Luckily, Amazon sells a pair of 1.8 metres (6 feet) extension cables for just over £5 (here).

And That’s All Folks

And so, I now have a SNES Classic Mini sitting pretty in my game room/office. It fits perfectly into the current setup and looks amazing on my TV. I could not be happier to finally have one in my (rather young) collection, and it means that you guys can expect a host of reviews for SNES games in the future as well!

Have you been trying to get a SNES Classic Mini? Are you lucky enough to have one? Let me know what your thoughts on the SNES Classic Mini are in the comments below!

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