Famicom Mini VS NES Classic Edition Comparison


Nintendo has announced the Famicom Mini will be releasing in Japan this November. Not only will this follow the trend started by the announcement of the NES Classic Edition, but it will feature a few games and features not found on the American version.

Let’s look at the differences between the two upcoming pieces of hardware.


The NES Classic Edition will feature 1 detachable controller, which used the same input style found at the bottom of Wii Remotes. This controller can be used to play Virtual Console games on both Wii and Wii U.

The Famicom Mini however, does not include a detachable controller. In line with the design of the original Famicom before it, the Famicom Mini comes with two controllers that are permanently attached to the console itself. While not having detachable controllers, having two controllers included with it is really cool, especially if you plan on playing multiplayer games.


Both consoles feature 30 games built into the systems. While most of the games on both systems are similar, there are a few that will only be available depending on which version you buy.

Exclusive to NES Classic Edition

·         Bubble Bobble

·         Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

·         Donkey Kong Jr.

·         Final Fantasy

·         Kid Icarus

·         Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

·         Star Tropics

·         Tecmo Bowl

Exclusive to Famicom Mini

·         Yie Ar Kung-Fu

·         Atlantis no Nazo

·         Solomon's Key

·         Tsuppari Ozumo

·         River City Ransom

·         Final Fantasy III

·         Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke daiundoukai

·         Mario Open Golf (NES Open Tournament Golf in U.S.)

That is 8 exclusive games per system.

Being the big Nintendo fans that we are here at Secret Stage, we most likely will end up buying both.

Stay tuned to this week’s Podcasting With Power, where we will discuss the Famicom Mini further.