Nintendo’s only Japan-only Mini Famicom lets you outdo your hipster gaming friends



Here is the Mini Famicom.

Of course, you might think you’re the hippest, coolest, and coolest guy in the game to pre-order Nintendo’s next emulation box, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES. But after you’ve invited everyone to admire the details of the Mini NES cartridge slot, served a few light drinks, and started feeling really good about your lifestyle choices, here’s your older, more bearded, always a little more. -Fashionable friend. Under his arm, just in sight, is Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer, also known as the Mini Famicom.

Distraught you start talking about how your Mini NES comes with 30 games built in in a futile attempt to cushion the blow, but to no avail. The Mini Famicom with its exclusive games in Japan and its import-only stamp has stolen your thunder. Oh yeah, check it out and watch my friend. You were well and truly over-hipster.

And why not? Just see how more exciting the Mini Famicom is with its chintzy red finish. It even has hard-wired controllers, just like on the original Japanese Famicom which came out in 1983 (two years before its release in the US and three before its release in Europe). Much like the original, the Mini Famicom is functionally identical to the Mini NES, packed with 30 emulated versions of classic 8-bit Famicom / NES games that it spits out over a modern HDMI cable in glorious HD. Several display modes, including one that simulates old CRT screens, and save states are also part of the package.

Most exciting, however, is that the Mini Famicom’s 30-game roster is slightly different from that of the Mini NES, meaning some of them will be exclusive to the Mini Famicom. River City Ransom (which oddly got a release on the original NES in the West) is one, and Final Fantasy III is another. The latter has never been released on the NES in the West, and just like those who imported it in 1990, you will need to polish your Japanese to play it. But hey, nothing says gamer more than playing a Japanese version of a game on an imported console that you could just as easily play in English and download to your smartphone. This is real dedication.

If you’re looking to buy a Mini Famicom, it goes on sale in Japan on November 10 for 5,980 (£ 45, $ 59), plus 1,000 if you need an AC adapter. Not to mention all the relevant import and shipping costs if you are bringing one from Japan (maybe £ 20 or so).

Here is the full list of games included:

  • Donkey kong
  • Pac-Man
  • Excitbike
  • Balloon fight
  • Ice climber
  • Galaga
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • THE Legend of Zelda
  • Atlantis without Nazo
  • Gradius
  • Makai village
  • Solomon’s key
  • Metroid
  • Castlevania
  • Link’s Adventures
  • Shock sumo
  • Super Mario Bros 3
  • Ninja gaiden
  • Mega man 2
  • River City Ransom
  • Double Dragon Vengeance
  • Super Tamashito Luo
  • Final Fantasy â…¢
  • Dr mario
  • Nekketsu city center March Soreyuke
  • Mario Open Golf
  • Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2 in USA)
  • Kirby’s Adventure


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