Dissecting Nintendo’s Famicom Classic Edition (Mini) Differences
This week, Nintendo announced the Eastern component to the NES Classic Edition (or NES Mini) that most of us knew were coming. Nintendo did allow some hands on time and offer new information on the NES Classic that will probably apply to the Famicom Classic as well, so check that link above if you haven’t already. The delightful Famicom Mini is officially called the “Family Computer Classic Edition” and it appears to be quite similar to the Western version save for the obvious aesthetic difference, but also with some details and games. Like the NES Classic Edition it will contain 30 games, it does not accept cartridges, and it will retail for ¥5980 (which at time of writing is literally $59.80). Those of you already hoping to import should expect international shipping to be approximately $20-$30 depending on the speed of shipment and retailer. I’ve already checked and no one currently has it on pre-order, although some bigger import sites do have pages for it, but I suspect it will not have a supply problem as the price point for these consoles suggests it needs to sell a large quantity.
Now there are some notable differences that you should be aware of. Of course the games will all be the Japanese counterpart and contain the Japanese versions, but the universal HDMI out means that any HDTV worldwide should easily support either console. On the other hand the USB power supply is not included in the Family Computer Classic Edition and can be purchased for ¥1000 ($10) if needed. Those picking up both versions can most likely use the included NES Classic Edition cable and it’s probably the common micro-USB plug type. Also the Famicom Mini, like the original Famicom, has two controllers wired directly into the console and are not removable. As for games, 8 titles are unique to each region, so 22 of these titles are on both consoles. Here’s a quick list of those and you can expect a video of these region specific titles coming soon.
The titles exclusive to the NES Classic Edition (Western release) are:
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Final Fantasy
- Kid Icarus
- Punch-Out!! Starring Mr. Dream (identical to Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! with a sprite swap)
- Star Tropics
- Tecmo Bowl
The titles exclusive to the Famicom Classic Edition (Easter release are:
- Atlantis No Nazo
- Downtown Nikketsu Monogatari (River City Ransom in the West)
- Downtown Nekketsu March Soreyuke (never released in the West, athletic events title)
- Final Fantasy III (the Western FFIII is actually FFVI, we never got this one on NES)
- Mario Open Golf (NES Open Tournament Golf in the West)
- Solomon no Kagi (Solomon’s Key in the West)
- Tsuppari Oozumou (Bumping Sumo in English)
- Yie Ar Kung-Fu
These are some interesting but not surprising differences, especially if you consider no licensed games and a large number of publishers from that era are now defunct. If you live in the West, you probably find the list for the NES Classic Edition much more enticing. That’s the idea and Nintendo has always done a decent job at appropriating regional differences. I’m sure some of you are already pointing out that Zelda no Densetsu (Legend of Zelda) has different music and sound effects, as does Metroid, and a handful of other Famicom Disk System titles. Heck, Linku no Boken (Adventure of Link) has drastic differences to the gameplay that make it even more brutal than the US version that almost no one completed. All in all, both provide a strong package for their given regions. Here’s the official Japanese trailer from Nintendo.