The Super Nintendo that launched in Europe and Japan looks a lot different from the North American edition, so that explains why their miniature sets don’t look the same. We’re not hating on the mini-SNES we’re getting stateside, of course — it’s charming in its own way. But look at how simple and stylish the system Europe’s getting is:
Just as the Family Computer, or Famicom, was redesigned for Western markets to become the Nintendo Entertainment System, so too was the Super Famicom. But the strange thing with the NES’ little brother is that only those in North America got the redesign. Nintendo kept the much sleeker Super Famicom casing for all other regions.
The other difference between the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, as it’s known in Europe, is that it won’t ship with the AC adapter required to power the console. The North American SNES might be uglier, but at least it comes with the AC adapter right in the box.