Japan’s Mini Classic Nintendo Console Will Be The Famicom

Japan’s Mini Classic Nintendo Console Will Be The Famicom


Whilst we wait for the classic mini NES to hit stores in the western hemisphere, gamers in Japan are looking forward to a slightly different model based on the Famicom.

If you know your gaming history you’ll know that Nintendo launched the NES and SNES in Japan with significantly different cases and names to the classic designs we recognise in the western hemisphere. The NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) is known in Japan as the Famicom, short for ‘Family Computer’ and it came with a much smaller form factor and colourway.


NES Famicom

Full-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (Left) and Famicom (Right)

Reflecting this fact Nintendo have kept faithful to the classic designs with their soon-to-launch mini models. The palm-sized NES had already been announced with a launch date set for November 11th. Now the games giant have announced the Japan exclusive model will sport the same casing as the original Famicom and hit stores on November 10th.

Both consoles will feature similar functionality but the Famicom will come bundled with two controllers that nest in the casing when not in use, just like the original. The NES version will require the purchase of a second controller for multiplayer gaming.

The Famicom, like the NES, will come pre-loaded with 30 classic games and allow for up to four game saves, something the originals never had. One thing, other than the look of the units, that might encourage fans to import from different regions is the advertised list of games that come with each console.


Classic Famicom

Donkey Kong
Mario Bros
Pac-Man
Excitebike
Balloon Fight
Ice Climber
Galaga
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Atlantis no Nazo
Gradius
Makai Village (Ghosts n’ Goblins)
Solomon’s Key
Metroid
Castlevania
Adventure of Link
Bumping Sumo
Super Mario Bros. 3
Ninja Gaiden
Mega Man 2
River City Ransom
Double Dragon Ⅱ The Revenge
Super Tamashito Luo (Super C)
Final Fantasy Ⅲ
Dr. Mario
Downtown Nekketsu March Soreyuke
Mario Open Golf
Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2)
Kirby’s Adventure

Classic NES

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
Final Fantasy
Galaga
Ghosts’n Goblins
Gradius
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Metroid
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream
Startropics
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend Of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link

As for price the Classic NES comes in at £49.99 / $59.99. The Classic Famicom costs 5,980 Yen (Before tax) which converts roughly to £45.50 / $59.00.

Which would you prefer or will you be seeking out both? Let us know in the comments below.



Will Harrison

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