How to Fix Video Issues on SNES Classic Edition

Introduction

The Super NES Classic Edition system looks and feels just like the original ’90s home console, except it’s super small. This guide will go over how to resolve video issues you may encounter with your SNES Classic Edition game console.
Image of a boxed Super Nintendo Classic Edition

? What type of issue are you experiencing?

  1. Power LED is lit, but I have no picture
  2. Screen goes dark after several minutes of game play

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The Super NES Classic Edition system looks and feels just like the original ’90s home console, except it’s super small. This guide will go over how to resolve video issues you may encounter with your SNES Classic Edition game console.
Image of a boxed Super Nintendo Classic Edition

Nintendo has found that many issues can be caused by using an underpowered AC adapter or power source; the Power LED may be lit, but there may not be an image or sound. If you are powering up the Super NES Classic Edition using an after-market AC adapter, the USB port on your TV, or other device, you will need to use the original AC adapter that came with the console instead.
  • Ensure the USB cable is plugged firmly into the back of the console and the original AC adapter that came in the box directly into a wall outlet.
    Image of a USB Type A cable being inserted into a USB wall charger

    Image of a USB wall charger being inserted into a power outlet

  • Check the HDMI cable ends and device ports and remove any foreign objects.
    Image of an HDMI cable being inspected for defects

  • Check for cable damage on both the USB cable and HDMI cable. If either is damaged, it should be replaced.
    Image of a USB cable and USB wall charger being inspected for defects

  • Securely reconnect the HDMI cable between your devices.
    Image of an HDMI cable being inserted into the HDMI port on the back of a television

  • Try using a different high-speed HDMI cable. Some cables are higher quality than others, a low-quality cable may impact your sound and video signal.
HDMI Cable HDMI Cables.
HDMI Port HDMI Port.

Checking the TV inputs may also help to fix the issue.

  1. Confirm that both your TV and the device are turned on.
  2. Check that your TV is set to the correct input signal (HDMI).
  3. Check that the HDMI cable connection to your device is secure.
  4. Check that the HDMI cable connection to your TV is secure.
  5. Check that the HDMI cable is connected to the "out to TV" port on the device.
  6. Try plugging the HDMI cable into a different HDMI port on your TV.
  7. Try using a different HDMI cable to connect your device to your TV.
  8. If possible:
    • Check if TV is working properly with a different input device.
    • Check if the device is working properly with a different TV.
  1. On the Super NES Classic Edition, slide the Power switch OFF.
    Picture of a Super Nintendo Classic Edition with the power switch in the off position, and the power LED off

  2. Unplug the AC adapter from the wall outlet and from the back of the console. Leave it unplugged for two minutes.
  3. Plug the USB cable into the DC IN jack on the back of the console, and the AC adapter into a wall outlet.
  4. On the Super NES Classic Edition, slide the Power switch ON. The Power LED on the front of the console will light up.
    Picture of a Super Nintendo Classic Edition with the power switch in the on position, and the power LED on

If the Screen Burn-In Reduction is enabled, the screen brightness will normally dim after five minutes of inactivity. The following steps will disable this setting.

  1. From the HOME menu, go to the Menu Bar at the top of the screen and select the Options icon.
    Screenshot of the SNES Classic Edition's options icon

  2. Within Settings, click on the toggle switch next to Screen Burn-In Reduction.
    Screenshot of the SNES Classic Edition's options screen


    • The switch to the left means ‘Disabled.’ The switch to the right means ‘Enabled.’
Nintendo has found that many issues can be caused by using an underpowered AC adapter or power source; the Power LED may be lit, but there may not be an image or sound. If you are powering up the Super NES Classic Edition using an after-market AC adapter, the USB port on your TV, or other device, you will need to use the original AC adapter that came with the console instead.
  • Ensure the USB cable is plugged firmly into the back of the console and the original AC adapter that came in the box directly into a wall outlet.
    Image of a USB Type A cable being inserted into a USB wall charger

    Image of a USB wall charger being inserted into a power outlet

  • Check the HDMI cable ends and device ports and remove any foreign objects.
    Image of an HDMI cable being inspected for defects

  • Check for cable damage on both the USB cable and HDMI cable. If either is damaged, it should be replaced.
    Image of a USB cable and USB wall charger being inspected for defects

  • Securely reconnect the HDMI cable between your devices.
    Image of an HDMI cable being inserted into the HDMI port on the back of a television

  • Try using a different high-speed HDMI cable. Some cables are higher quality than others, a low-quality cable may impact your sound and video signal.
HDMI Cable HDMI Cables.
HDMI Port HDMI Port.

Checking the TV inputs may also help to fix the issue.

  1. Confirm that both your TV and the device are turned on.
  2. Check that your TV is set to the correct input signal (HDMI).
  3. Check that the HDMI cable connection to your device is secure.
  4. Check that the HDMI cable connection to your TV is secure.
  5. Check that the HDMI cable is connected to the "out to TV" port on the device.
  6. Try plugging the HDMI cable into a different HDMI port on your TV.
  7. Try using a different HDMI cable to connect your device to your TV.
  8. If possible:
    • Check if TV is working properly with a different input device.
    • Check if the device is working properly with a different TV.
  1. On the Super NES Classic Edition, slide the Power switch OFF.
    Picture of a Super Nintendo Classic Edition with the power switch in the off position, and the power LED off

  2. Unplug the AC adapter from the wall outlet and from the back of the console. Leave it unplugged for two minutes.
  3. Plug the USB cable into the DC IN jack on the back of the console, and the AC adapter into a wall outlet.
  4. On the Super NES Classic Edition, slide the Power switch ON. The Power LED on the front of the console will light up.
    Picture of a Super Nintendo Classic Edition with the power switch in the on position, and the power LED on
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