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Its been a long wait, but for those of us in Japan, you could say Christmas comes one day early, as today, 10th November the Japanese equivalent officially called the Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer, of just Famicom Mini for short.
For a while it looked like there was not going to be any kind of Nintendo micro-console released in Japan, as the NES Mini news hit in July, with no formal Japanese announcement. Things turned out fine though as a September announcement led to a full Japanese release, complete with its own original Famicom design, tiny controllers, and a set of 30 games, with some being different than what the west will get. Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong Jr. CastleVania 2, Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Punch Out!!, StarTropics and Tecmo Bowl are out. In place of that is Mario Open Golf, River City Ransom and Solomon’s Key, as well as games never originally released outside Japan: Atlantis no Nazo, Downtown Nekketsu Kou-shin-kyou, Final Fantasy III, Tsuppari Ozumo and Yie Ar Kung Fu.
A few things to note as well is that the Famicom originally had a microphone on controller 2, but this is NOT included on the mini version, and the controllers were wired, which has carried over to this mini design. Also the Famicom originally did not come with an AC adapter, for obscure tax reasons. So, the Famicom Mini also does not come with an AC adapter in Japan, but is sold separately. If you happen to import one though, don’t worry, and USB wall plug will do. For those lucky enough to have pre-ordered on Amazon Japan, the Famicom Mini also comes bundled with 30 cards that feature the original box art of the 30 games that play on the unit.