Nintendo’s “adorable” Mini-NES was announced back in the middle of the summer and instantly transported people back to their childhoods with the promise of tiny Nintendo fun in one package. Just plug it into your television and go to town. The Mini-NES features 30 titles from Nintendo’s past and also gives you the chance to use a classic NES controller with your modern WII Virtual Console games. All pretty amazing for a classic Nintendo fan looking for a legal way to play some classics. But Nintendo of Japan might’ve just topped it.
Sure we have a Mini Sega Genesis running for competition, but releasing around the same time as the Mini NES here in the US, Japan will get a mini version of the classic Famicon or Family Computer. The original Nintendo home offering that took over Japan before a transition stateside carries the classic look that made it different from the grey NES box and also has a few different tricks that will make it different than the American offering. It lacks a few of the games being offered on its US counterpart, but makes up with a few we won’t see, including River City Ransom and Final Fantasy III. Also swapped out are some of the more American games like Tecmo Bowl, replaced by games that will appeal to Japanese gamers like sumo wrestling.
The Mini-Famicon has the same price tag as the Mini-NES, so it’s hard to deny that this will be popular with gamers in Japan but also popular with fans of Nintendo all around the globe. The current prices for consoles on eBay seem to float around $60, but that’s with any games to play. Minus some import costs and some creative use of Google Translate, getting a mini version this console is going to be hard to pass up.
Here’s the full lineup of games for the system. You can look into getting your grubby hooks on one come November 10.
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Atlantis no Nazo
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Super Mario Bros. 3
Mega Man 2
River City Ransom
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Final Fantasy III
Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke daiundoukai
Mario Open Golf
Super Mario USA (the US version of Super Mario Bros. 2)
Or hey, you could always just build your own and game the system.