Yesterday iam8bit and Capcom revealed a limited edition SNES cartridge version of Street Fighter II, being sold for the game’s 20th anniversary. Also it might make your SNES overheat and catch on fire.
The product page for the cartridge has a warning that says that, ‘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,’ and that, ‘Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.’
People were understandably concerned and/or tremendously amused by this. iam8bit explained that the warranty is more to cover them in the case of you not having looked after your SNES, you bloody hooligans:
Basically, the SNES is a really old console now, and might not be in a fit state to play anything, which isn’t on iam8bit or Capcom. The cartridge is mostly intended to be a cool collectible. Which it is, to be fair. But they also bill it as playable. Technically accurate, I suppose.
The cartridges, 4,500 of which are in Opaque Ryu Headband Red and 1000 in Glow-In-The-Dark Blanka Green, cost $100 each, and have already sold out despite the fire warnings. Sad news for those of us with teflon hands.