The NES Classic Mini is a pint-sized version of the classic NES 8-Bit console
The NES Classic Mini was discontinued earlier this year after the tiny console was regularly seen sold out across the world.
The pint-sized version of Nintendo’s classic console was launched last November and was hugely popular.
Whenever retailers got restocks they were snapped up within minutes, and it was often seen selling on eBay for more than QUADRUPLE the asking price.
In April this year the NES Classic Mini was discontinued across the globe.
The last time British retailers got any NES Classic Mini stock was back in May, when Very got a restock – but that was snapped up in minutes.
Before that, the official Nintendo store did have stock – but only in March.
However, for fans still hoping to get a NES Classic Mini, they can pick up a pint-sized, official 8-Bit Nintendo console today.
But there is a catch – which may be too much for some.
You can pick up a Nintendo Classic Mini right now, however – it will be the Japanese version of the console.
The Famicom Mini is currently in stock at import specialists Play Asia, priced at £85.23.
There are a number of notable differences between the two Nintendo consoles.
The most obvious one is the design.
The NES Classic Mini is based on the Nintendo Entertainment System, with the UK and US design far different to the Japanese model.
The NES is much more boxy looking, with the iconic grey, red and black colour scheme.
The Famicom is white and red, looks shorter, and has a distinct slopping section at the front of the console.
The Famicom Mini also has the controllers hard-wired to the console, like the Japanese original.
The Famicom Mini is the Japanese version of the NES Classic Mini
Whereas the NES Classic Mini controllers are wired, but can be detached.
Secondly, the games featured on the two consoles are different.
The US and UK versions of the NES Classic Mini have a number of exclusives games that do not appear on the Famicom Mini.
These are as follows: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong Jr, Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, Star Tropics and Tecmo Bowl.
The Famicom Mini also has eight exclusive games, which include Mario Open Golf, Final Fantasy III, River City Ransom and Solomon’s Key.
Finally, the other big difference – which will be too much for some – is the languages.
As to be expected, the Japanese Famicom Mini is all in…well, Japanese.
However, for many of the games included – this won’t be a big issue.
It’s easy to get past the language barrier with pick-up-and-play games like the original Mario, Castlevania, Excite Bike or Ninja Gaiden.
And there are many easy-to-play games bundled with the Famicom Mini, so despite the difference in languages there is a tonne of fun to be had with it.
Plus, having an import console which none of your friends are likely to have gives you hipster, bragging rights.
The SNES Classic Mini is the successor to the NES Classic Mini
Play Asia is an import specialist based in Japan, so you may be charged customs duties on your order.
Also, in Japan their electricity supply has a different voltage to Britain, so their electronic goods are made with this in mind.
However, there is a simply way to get round this.
The NES Classic Mini has a USB power cable, and if you have an iPhone or Android phone AC adapter this will convert the voltage for you.
These caveats may be a step too far for some NES Classic Mini fans.
However, if you’re looking for a pint-sized 8-Bit Nintendo console, this is the only way currently.
Play Asia also has listings for THREE different versions of the SNES Classic Mini – the UK, US and Japanese versions.
Pre-orders for these miniature consoles are meant to be “opening soon”.