Last July, Nintendo announced the NES Classic, a miniature replica of the NES [full specs] that came bundled with one controller (with a too-short cord) and 30 games. It released with a price of $60 last November, just in time for people to flip out about not being able to find it in stock for Christmas gifts. In other words, it was insanely popular, and therefore Nintendo is discontinuing it. Wait, what?
Yep, Nintendo reportedly doesn’t want the $60 NES Classic to compete with their $300 Switch, to which we say: who the hell wasn’t buying a Switch just because they could play Techmo Bowl on a $60 nostalgia widget?
This similarly-priced Famicom Mini sold over a quarter of a million units in its first four days of release in Japan last year, and, thankfully, many of the games are the same as the NES Classic. Some of the American-specific ones (like the aforementioned Techmo Bowl) are swapped out with great games the NES Classic lacked, like River City Ransom and Final Fantasy III.
Here’s the full list of games the Famicom Mini comes with. (The list of games the NES Classic came with is available here, if you want to compare.)
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)
On the downside, the Famicom Mini doesn’t have Punch-Out!! or StarTropics, but it least it still comes with Ice Climber. I have simple needs. Simple needs which include stoking a long-standing grudge with a polar bear.