Just days following the hugely successful pre-order launch of the SNES Mini, Nintendo of Japan have also announced the Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom, or Super Famicom Mini for short. As you would expect, most of Nintendo of Japan’s announcement is the same as for Europe and North America. Once again there will be two controllers packaged in alongside 20 16-bit classics, and one unreleased 16-bit game in the form of Star Fox 2.
However, as with the NES Classic Mini, the pre-installed games on the SNES Mini and the Super Famicom Mini do have some differences. Much of the list may be the same, but there are five games that have been switched out with some alternatives for the Japanese market. These include Panel de Pon (released as Tetris Attack in the West), The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Super Soccer and most importantly Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, the remake of the original game, and a title we have featured before on Rings & Coins.
These four games may be welcome, especially Fire Emblem. However, they come at a high price, replacing Earthbound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out. The final change on the other hand is one that may be tough for Western fans to bare, with the superior Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers replacing Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting.
Nevertheless, for those looking for something different, or just those who just want it all, the Super Famicom Mini offers a little something different, when it is released on October 5th for ￥7980. It also offers the lovely Japanese/European design, and as such will be a welcome addition to any American retro gamers collection. The only problem you may have, is getting your hands on a pre-order. Especially given how fast pre-orders have been selling out in Europe and America.