VIDEO: Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom Edition Announced

Way back in July and seemingly out of nowhere the NES Classic Edition mini plug and play console was announced from Nintendo. It was confirmed for North America and Europe, but oddly missing was Japan. Many wondered if there would be a Famicom version created for that market, and sure enough there will be! It comes out on November 10 for about $60 and will contain 30 built-in games just like the U.S. version.

However, not all of the games are identical. Below are the games included (bolded ones are exclusive to Japan):

  • Atlantis no Nazo
  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Donkey Kong
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Downtown Street Challenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY III
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. ™
  • Mario Club Golf
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • River City Ransom
  • Solomon’s Key
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Tsuppari Sumo
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

If you recall, the NES Classic Edition that we are getting on November 11 contains the same games above (except the bolded ones) and in addition will have: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong Jr., Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out!!, StarTropics, and Tecmo Bowl. I think we got the better end of the bargain in this case.

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You can choose to have scan lines like you had on your old CRT TV.

Also, is it just me or are those Famicom controllers extremely tiny? They look downright uncomfortable to use. I understand the dilemma of making the machine look authentic by having the controllers dock on each side of it, but to sacrifice usability for cosmetics seems detrimental to the enjoyment of the device. Hopefully the controllers aren’t as bad as they appear.

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[Source: Nintendo of Japan]

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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