While North American and European Nintendo fans are abuzz about the SNES Classic Edition arriving on September 29 with 21 classic Super Nintendo games, Japanese gamers have the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom to look forward to. Interestingly, though, the retro mini-console’s Japanese variant will feature more differences than just its name.
Although the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom still has a total of 21 pre-installed games, a handful of games are different. Nintendo is bundling the following five games exclusively for the Japanese release:
- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- The Legend of Mystical Ninja
- Panel de Pon
- Super Soccer
- Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
Offsetting this are the five titles that Nintendo will bundle in only as part of the North American and European releases:
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Street Fighter 2′ Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania 4
- Super Punch-Out!!
Further, Japanese gamers will have to wait a little longer to return to relive Nintendo’s 16-bit era. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom isn’t releasing in Japan until October 5, a strange move considering Japan is Nintendo’s home country and has historically been more likely to get releases from the console holder before rather than after the rest of the world.
In a response to the extreme shortages that rampant demand and comparatively low supply of 2016’s NES Classic Edition, Nintendo stated yesterday that it would produce the SNES Classic Edition in higher numbers than it did its predecessor. While Nintendo permanently ended NES Classic Edition production in April, it did so only temporarily for Japanese counterpart Famicom Classic Mini, which has since gone back on sale in Japan.
It’s unknown if Nintendo will follow a similar strategy for the SNES Classic Edition and Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom As of now, the company has only committed to producing SNES Classic Editions through the end of 2017, but it seems to have left the door open for a possible extended run beyond this year.