By now, you’re probably well aware of the NES Classic Mini and how ridiculously difficult it was to find one. You can still find them on Ebay, but resellers have the prices jacked up to an average price of about $250, which is way too much for 30 NES games. Thankfully, there is still a somewhat affordable alternative to this: the Famicom Classic Mini.
The Famicom is Nintendo Japan’s version of the system which would later become the NES in the West. This version still contains 30 games, but the list is slightly different and includes some Japanese exclusives that never saw the light of day on our shores. Aside from Final Fantasy III, the games take little reading ability to play, so if you’re not at all familiar with the Japanese language you can still get a lot of enjoyment out of this little console.
With the Western release being of limited quantity and so overpriced, this is a great way to scratch your retro gaming itch. The package includes the system, 2 controllers, a high speed HDMI cable, and a USB cable for the power supply.
You can get a Famicom Classic Mini here:
You can also pick up a nice storage case:
Here is a list from IGN.com of the games included on the Famicom mini:
- Donkey Kong
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Yie Ar Kung-Fu
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Atlantis no Nazo
- Makai Village (Ghosts n’ Goblins in the US)
- Solomon’s Key
- 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 in the US)
- Final Fantasy Ⅲ
- Dr. Mario
- Downtown Nekketsu March Soreyuke
- Mario Open Golf
- Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2 in the US)
- Kirby’s Adventure