Some of you reading this might remember the SNES paint program Mario Paint and the Super Nintendo styled mouse that came packed with the cartridge. Twenty-five years after the peripherals’ initial release for Ninty’s fourth generation console, it is seeing a resurgence thanks to a Nintendo partner – hardware manufacturer Hyperkin.
I can’t seem to find which company manufactured the 1990s original version of the SNES mouse so perhaps Nintendo produced it themselves. Hyperkin’s re-release of the pointing device adopts the same grey color scheme, small physical size and twin purple buttons that made the OG mouse so unique. One particular change with the 2017 Hyperkin version is the length of the cord – 1992’s version had a cord that was shorter than that of the included SNES controllers. They’ve kept the SNES controller port support as well, meaning that this mouse will work with existing Super Nintendo consoles and the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic.
Here are a few promo shots and the official features list from Hyperkin:
- SNES compatible
- Perfect with Mario Paint and other compatible SNES mouse titles
- Iconic retro-style color scheme
- Smooth and responsive cursor control, perfect for drawing, commanding troops, or fragging enemies
- 6 ft. cable
The Retro Style Mouse will retail for $19.99 USD, no word on if we’ll be able to hack Mario Paint on to our SNES Classics when they become available. Other games that supported the mouse back in the 90s included the arcade port of Terminator 2 and the SNES version of Jurassic Park – needless to say those won’t come standard on the SNES Classic either.