Super Famicom Mini
Retrobug | 2023-04-11 10:30:53

The Super Famicom Mini

The Super Famicom Mini is one of the many mini consoles that appear on the market these days. The Famicom Mini is intended for the Japanese market, but collectors around the world are scooping the machines up to add to their collection. In essense it is the same machine as the SNES Classic Mini, intened for the American market, but it has a different design, and a slightly different list of games.

What is it?

Let's start with the box, the design features a beautiful representation of the original console using the iconic Nintendo colors. The machine itself is much better to look at than the North-American mini. In essense it is the same mini that has been released for the European market, but where the European model has the Super Nintendo logo, this Japanese version has the Super Famicom logo.

As far as the internals of the machine, there is no difference. Of course the menu options are all in Japanese, and there is a change in the list of games. For this reason alone, you may want to consider this console.

Different line-up of games

Some of the games that were popular with the US have been replaced with games that fared better in the Japanese market.

These are the games that have been removed

  • EarthBound
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Kirby's Dream Course

They have been replaced with the following games

  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • Panel de Pon
  • Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki
  • Super Formation Soccer

Full list of the 21 included games

  1. Star Fox 2
  2. Super mario World
  3. Super Mario Kart
  4. The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past
  5. F-Zero
  6. Super Metroid
  7. Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  8. Panel de Pon
  9. Ganbare Goemon: Ykihime Kyuushutsu Emaki
  10. Donkey Kong Country
  11. Mega Man X
  12. Kirby Super Star
  13. Final Fantasy III
  14. Super Formation Soccer
  15. Star Fox
  16. Yoshi's Island
  17. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  18. Contra III: The Alien Wars
  19. Secret of Mana
  20. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  21. Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

What about loading games?

There is a tool for loading games onto the console, this is not offically endorsed or supported, but if you don't mind tinkering around a bit, you can completely replace the kernel of this machine.

The SNES Mini can be hacked using the Hakchi2 tool. Of course Retrobug does not endorse illegal software downloads or using software you don't own, but if you do have legal .rom copies of some games, check out the tool to load those games onto your Super SNES Classic Mini.

Hakchi2 Github Link