The launch of the SNES Classic Mini has not only pushed Nintendo's 16-bit wonder back into the public eye, it has created legions of unhappy gamers who sadly haven't been able to get their hands on one.
Now, another company is joining the fray, but Old Skool's Classiq 2 HD has a twist - not only does it play PAL and NTSC SNES games, it also plays NES cartridges as well - and all for $69.99, which is $10 less than the price of a SNES Classic.
The Classiq 2 HD comes with two wired controllers (one "Dogbone"-style NES pad, the other a SNES-style controller) with 6ft of cable. HD output is limited to 720p, and there's an aspect ratio switch (just like on Hyperkin's effort) which allows you to toggle between 16:9 and 4:3. It's powered via Micro USB so you can either use your phone's charger or plug it directly into your TV, if it has USB ports. Finally, bog-standard composite AV cables are included in case you want that authentic "fuzzy" look you remember from the '90s.
The Classiq 2 HD is entering final production as we speak and pre-orders are live right now. If you missed out on a SNES Classic and don't mind sourcing cartridges, this could be a viable alternative to Nintendo's micro-console - but you're spolit for choice when it comes to SNES clones, so which one do you choose?