Despite initial rumors prefacing it, there’s no doubt that the unveiling of the Super NES Classic Edition turned a lot of heads. With 21 games set to be included in the final SKU, there are a handful of consumers that have noted several games they would have liked to see make it onto the limited edition console. While the European and North American renditions of the throwback system feature the same lineup of titles, however, Japan’s SNES Classic Edition will have a few standout substitutions.
In confirming the Japanese version of the Super NES revamp (better know as the “Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom” in the Land of the Rising Sun), the company also revealed that the console will include four games that aren’t featured in the Western versions – although both will feature a longer controller cord than the NES Classic Edition did. The games occupying the Japanese console are none other than Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki (Legend of the Mystical Ninja), Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), and Super Formation Soccer (Super Soccer).
Additionally, the Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom will swap out Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting with Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers. Those hoping to see the entire lineup of games shipping with the system can do so below:
- Contra 3: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy 6 (Final Fantasy 3)
- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- Legend of the Mystical Ninja
- Kirby Super Star
- Mega Man X
- Panel de Pon
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Super Soccer
- Super Ghouls n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Super Metroid
- Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Eagle-eyed gamers may have noticed that the games that have been omitted for those Japan-only titles are EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out!!. In that light, perhaps European and North American gamers are content with the selection they’ve been provided with, although the appeal of playing Star Fox 2 on the Super NES Classic Edition is sure to be a near-universal selling point to Nintendo fans.
The Super NES Classic releases on September 29, 2017 in North America and Europe. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom will arrive in Japan on October 5, 2017.