Before Nintendo unveiled the Switch, its new hybrid game console, to the world, it rereleased an old one. The NES Classic Edition was an adorably small box of nostalgia packed with some of the best games for Nintendo's original home console. Now the company is doing it again -- on September 29th, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will put games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country and Mega Man X back in the living room. Hopefully, it'll do that while improving on the faults of Nintendo's first throwback machine.
Truth be told, there wasn't a lot wrong with the NES Classic Edition. With 30 of the original console's best games pushed to modern TVs over HDMI, it offered an excellent, easy-to-use retro-gaming experience. Still, it had its flaws. The console's ridiculously short 2.5-foot controller cables forced players to sit uncomfortably close to their TVs, for instance, and a few user-interface flubs made the menu weirdly difficult to access. With the SNES Classic, Nintendo has a chance to learn from its mistakes. Here are a few simple ways the company's new retro console can improve on the original's failings.