Japan’s Getting Its Own Miniaturized Classic Nintendo Console: The Mini Famicom


Not wanting to leave its own native populace out of the loop, Nintendo has revealed another Classic Mini console for release later this year: the Famicom Mini – otherwise known as Japan’s equivalent of the West’s NES.

The 8-bit device, which has been shrunk down to fit in the palm of the hand, mimics our own Mini NES in that it comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games from the 80s, although Japan’s line-up differs slightly to our own. River City Ransom, Final Fantasy 3, Mario Club Golf and Yie Ar Kung Fu will only be available on the Famicom Mini, replacing West-only titles like Bubble Bobble, Castlvania 2, Donkey Kong Jr and the original Final Fantasy.

In case you haven’t already guessed – no, this miniature device won’t be releasing outside of Japan, so if you’re a die hard Nintendo collector, you’ll have to endure the import costs, however large they end up being.

On the plus side, it appears as if, like its Western counterpart, the Famicom will function through the use of USB ports, so if you do decide to grab one from overseas, you shouldn’t have to worry about shelling out extra for plug adaptors and the like.

Both the Nintendo Mini NES and Famicom Mini launch November 11 in their respective territories, although finding one of the former may be tricky – pre-order stock has already sold out at most major retailers.

See the full list of games available on the Japanese version below.

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong
  • Ice Climber
  • Excitebike
  • Rockman
  • Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari
  • Balloon Fight
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu
  • Pac-Man
  • Ghosts n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Tsuppari Oozumo
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Final Fantasy 3
  • Galaga
  • Dr. Mario
  • Atlantis no Nazo
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Downtown Nekketsu Soreyuke Daiundokai
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Castlevania
  • Zelda 2
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Mario Open Golf
  • Super Mario USA
  • Double Dragon 2
  • Super C