Which one? NES Mini or Famicom Mini?


Nintendo is still not letting anyone know about the NX. Nada. But you can still get excited over what is about to come on 10th and 11th November this year still: The Famicom Mini and the NES Mini respectively. While they may be 2 different consoles, one was exclusive for the US and the other is Japan only. That being said, we don’t really have that much of money to blow. So, which one do you choose then?

Lets get a few things straight:

  • Both are coming from Nintendo
  • Both are going to be priced similarly (hopefully RM 259 still)
  • You’re going to need an LCD TV or a monitor with HDMI port, regardless of whatever it is going to be. Your CRT TV will not work. Sorry.
  • They are stuck with 30 games and you can’t change what’s inside… Yet. (expect hackings to come later when the console is released)
  • Considering your CRT TV won’t work, there’s a CRT TV option if you want to play it the way it is meant to be. Ask Shmup gamers and they need that CRT Line. Pixel perfect works too if you want 1080p.
  • It will output 5.0 surround sound. Which is weird as heck when you think about it.
  • Both consoles allow you the 4 “suspend points”. Think of it as 4 save points if you feel bored in playing too much Metroid in one sitting.

Now then, lets get to the first argument, Game Exclusives. Both consoles will still have similar games. Here’s the list of 22 games you’re getting regardless of console version:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ghosts N’ Goblins
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros
  • Megaman 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Super Contra
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Now then, here’s the exclusives on each console:

Japan US
Atlantis no Nazo Bubble Bobble
Bumping Sumo Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari Donkey Kong Jr.
Final Fantasy Ⅲ Final Fantasy
Mario Open Golf Kid Icarus
River City Ransom Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Solomon’s Key StarTropics
Yie Ar Kung-Fu Tecmo Bowl

Of course if you’re like me and you gamed when you got your COUGHMICROGENIUSCOUGH, then some of the exclusives can be more familiar to you. Of course, I’d love the perfect package of having FF III in English, Yie Ar Kung Fu, Punch Out, DK Jr all wrapped in one.

Now lets get somewhat technical. I’ll out line some Pros first for both consoles:

US Pros Japan Pros
It’s all in English. Each Famicom already has 2 controllers. Yay! No need to buy more!
(Unconfirmed) The NES Controller port is similar to underneath of a Wii Remote. This could mean that the Wii Classic Controller can be used here. The Famicom mini is gorgeous.
The NES Mini is gorgeous. The Japanese Games list is much better.

And now, the Cons for both consoles:

US Cons Japan Cons
The controller wires are short. The controller wires are short.
You need to buy an extra controller. The story based games are in Japanese.

So, was that good enough for you to compare on both consoles?

Personally, I like the Famicom Mini more. Only reason is because this console feels more inclined to my childhood instead of the NES Mini. The good thing is that I did play all 22 games in both consoles. With the exception of Yie Ar Kungfu and Donkey Kong Jr on each iteration as well.

Whatever you choose, I’m sure you will get a great kick out of the oldies. And if you’re impatient, you can preorder the Japanese Famicom Mini right now. Keep in mind that NES Mini is a little hard to get now.

PS: You’re welcome to use this article. Just remember to let me know and credit me properly for it!


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