Top critical review
Great port, garbage Collector's Edition
on August 14, 2018
This is a solid port of a classic game. Cutscenes are smooth, although sometimes some of the cutscenes triggered by picking items up and what not take a few seconds to play. Minor complaint. There are several visual upgrades, all of which are optional and can be turned on or off at will. You can also swap between classic and remastered music and sound effects. Controls are mapped well and feel responsive. There are three separate savegame slots, so no more jotting down passwords. The rewind feature is neat, works well, and is nice for anyone who wants a more laid back experience and doesn't want to have to worry about replaying large chunks of levels every time you die. There are some bugs in the menu that will cause your custom settings to revert back to default, but it's not a big deal. Overall, I'm happy with this Switch port.
As for the Collector's Edition itself, it's incredibly disappointing. The SNES cartridge style metallic case is neat but a bit underwhelming. Personally, seeing as it's meant to be a display piece, I think it would have been far more appropriate to have designed the case to match the size and shape of an actual SNES cartridge, instead of a standard Switch game case. There's a download code for the updated soundtrack. The manual includes level layouts, sprite artwork, and control instructions, which were scanned from the original manual. Unfortunately, these scans are very low-quality and do not look very good. As others have mentioned, the manual does not fit into either the metallic case, or the standard case, as it's about an 8th of an inch too tall. Also, the slot for the game cartridge itself is too large, which causes the cartridge to immediately fall loose. Minor gripe, but considering this came from a large, established publisher, an oversight such as this is absolutely amateur and somewhat laughable. There's also a metal card inside, which is stamped with a random number out of 30,000. Neat inclusion I suppose, but I feel like that money could have been put towards including something much cooler, like a keychain, a small "shield" replica, or something.
All in all I don't regret my purchase. The extras aren't great, but the port itself is solid, and I'm glad to have a physical copy.