Super NES Classic vs. '91 SNES – Emulation Comparison (DKC, Star Fox & Yoshi's Island's Small Issue)

It’s Old Vs New in our mini Super NES Classic comparison! How does its emulation compare to the original Super Nintendo? Find out in this side-by-side comparison using Donkey Kong Country, and the FX-Chip Powered Star Fox, and Yoshi’s Island–where we discover a small problem in the level Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy.
Note: We used the SNES Classic’s standard 4:3 Display Mode and rendered at 30fps since we weren’t able to capture the original SNES @ 60fps.

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44 Replies to “Super NES Classic vs. '91 SNES – Emulation Comparison (DKC, Star Fox & Yoshi's Island's Small Issue)”

  1. Theo Stadick

    You can't emulate everything, and that's clear as the OG sounds bassier and a bit fuller than the classic. Though I think that's an ok enough sacrifice to play all those games for $80.

  2. Sephiwolf 44

    It seems some people are missing the point of what this video is actually pointing out and talking about purely audio difference or just the brighter coloration in the SNES Classic.

    Here's what's being pointed out specifically:

    DKC: Freezing for a moment when preforming specific actions (example at around 0:13) (Game Play/Performance glitch)

    Yoshi's Island: Flash/removal of tree layer when Yoshi is dizzy (graphical glitching)

    Star Fox: Dots on the wings of the Arwing (graphical glitching).

    The sound comparison may not be accurate due to various aspects such as YouTube rendering, individual earphone/headphone quality, and capture methods. As for graphical aspect (coloration), again this may not be accurate for the same reasons as the sound comparison not being accurate, YouTube rendering, individual monitors, capture method, etc…

    Usually in most cases emulation isn't going to be as good as a game running on the actual hardware. You can get close in most cases and really with the SNES Classic, in most cases you aren't going to really notice too much of this. For what you get, the SNES Classic is a good buy. No, it's not "perfect" but to get "perfect" you have to spend a lot of money building up a game collection, getting hardware, and making sure you have everything that goes with it and then you have to mod said hardware to get it to output to HDMI. You're basically getting a much more simple package that plays "good enough" for most people. Hard core collectors would want this more as a collectors item. Gamers are going to just want to play games. And people who are really obsessed with the finer details are going to just go spend the money on an SNES or already have one.

  3. A Friend

    The idiot here has a bad or broken tv here with orig SNES and forgot to turn Brightness Knob to MAX They are the SAME people he’s just messing with ya! LOL

  4. TheLucario88725 / Bao Junior

    Also if you have “nothing” in yoshi’s mouth (“nothing” as when yoshi looks like he has something in his mouth but when you spit it out it’s nothing) on an original console yoshi doesn’t get wings but on the classic edition he does.

  5. iulian ispas

    Way better on snes classic no more washed out colour due strached small resolution picture also the sound lauder and better the original snes ( the emulation on a fast cpu upscale and filters added is just better )

  6. Jonathan Tam

    This video is neat, but the original SNES footage is only an approximation of the video output. The old machine used analog signals to transmit audio and video. For the image to be captured for this comparison I assume the original analog signal would pass through a digital converter.

    On top of the the converter changing certain aspects of the video, the picture was design for a CRT display.

  7. Randy Smith

    Forget about brightness and color. Can't people see how jumpy and glitchy the background side scrolling graphics are on the mini classic? The original SNES hardware has WAY smoother scrolling graphics. Jeezis, watching those branches jerk across the screen for 10 seconds is enough to give me a splitting headache!!

  8. Blakkheim

    There really is very little differences. One is Analog (original snes) and the other is hd (classic mini). Nintendo did one heck of a job with the representation!

  9. JCS

    How was the OG SNES video captured? RGB to Framemister to the HDMI capture card? Or did you guys use S-Video? I doubt it was composite or RF. Also, there are differences in the video quality of different SNES hardware revisions. Some look more "softer" than others etc.

  10. M K

    So Yeh! What you trying to say? Of course the original is better but the mini is better for today's tv's + it would cost you £££ to buy the 21 games it has! And it's cool to own!

  11. Mathew Valente

    Yoshi's Island's font is skinnier in the SNES original for some reason, the emulated classic edition can't handle the mosaic/pixelation effect. Poor emulation. I wonder if that's why FF4 wasn't included on this collection since it uses that effect a lot for transitions.

  12. Jerry Baez

    How was the original SNES footage captured? If it was using the composite cable then I don't think it's the best way to make a fair comparison with the SNES Classic (which already upscales the image to 720p and connects via HDMI). I believe RGB connection through an upscaler would be the best way to capture it to make a fair comparison with the SNES Classic, if this was indeed captured using composite cables of course.

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