Nintendo SNES Classic Mini

This is my SNES mini that I picked up from Game in Bracknell for £79.99 late last year when they were difficult to get hold of. They were released in September and like many newly released Nintendo products quickly sold out and you had to keep an eye online for available stock.

It comes preinstalled with 21 built in games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

In the box is an HDMI cable as they connect to your TV via HDMI, two controllers and a Micro USB cable to connect to a 5V power source. They are tiny compared to the original SNES, very light, have a power and reset button but the cartridge slot is for show only and does not function. They also have additional features and such as the ability to rewind games.

For the nerds, the SNES mini uses the  Allwinner R16 system on a chip with four ARM Cortex A7 central processing units and an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processing unit. It includes 512 MB of flash storage and 256 MB of DDR3 memory. I haven’t tried yet but apparently it is hackable and runs the Linux operating system.


Build Your Own R2-D2 by Deagostini Issue 80

This was a more lengthy issue and continues building up R2’s body.


Adding the front details..


Add the buttons..


Fit the switch board..


Build Your Own R2-D2 by Deagostini Issue 77

Just caught with up these issues and another 4 landed on my doorstep care of the Royal Mail.

This was one of favourite issues as you can again start to see what the final product is going to look like. More internal framework for the body, leg support and fitting the projector.


Assemble the leg support and attach to the body frame..


Fit the allen screws that hold the dome panels in place..


Cable tidy the wires for the projector assembly and wrap the coiled caby tidy around the wires.


Fit the projector assembly into the dome..


Wire up the electronics in the dome..