If you’re feeling nostalgic, you’ll certainly appreciate Capcom and iam8bit’s Street Fighter II Super Nintendo cartridge. It’s a striking red special edition collectible cart that you can actually play in your SNES, and it will run you $100 to add it to your collection.
There are only 5,500 being manufactured, and each comes with a foiled, glossy trifold box for safekeeping as well as an instruction booklet that’s a faithful reproduction of the original.
Manufactured by Retrotainment Games, the cartridges will go out with 4,500 total of the units rocking the Opaque Ryu Headband Red, and the Translucent Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green, for some lucky buyers. However, there’s a pretty dire warning on the site that might make some gamers turn their heads:
“WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user. The Product is sold “as is.”
It’s a pretty bizarre warning at first glance, especially when the game’s listing encourages buyers that it is indeed a playable cartridge. When contacted for comment about the warning and why the cartridge may necessitate such a warning, the company responded with the following statement:
“We understand that the warning may seem extreme, but the reason for it is logical. We hold consumer safety in the highest regard. We are releasing a new cartridge for SNES compatible hardware, but we are NOT releasing a new console. As a result, we cannot be responsible for – nor could we possibly anticipate – the state or condition of vintage SNES compatible consoles on which this cartridge may be used. The warning is a necessary precaution due to these unknowable factors surrounding aging hardware. While this is a functional game cartridge, first and foremost we consider it to be a collectible item.”
If you do end up purchasing the cartridge for $100, you may well want to reconsider actually playing it and playing the game elsewhere on another console instead. This might be better off for safekeeping.