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SNES Mini – Differences between Japanese, American and German versions

SNES Mini

Japan and the PAL region have an important commonality: Their Super Nintendo looks cooler than the one in the USA. At the SNES Mini, however, there are different games for Japan and the West.

Region Locks are like the Jamba-Sparabo (including Sweety the Chick ). The kids of tomorrow know both probably only as vague irritation, the older semester painfully wiggled. But believe me, dear children: We have suffered! In the Super Nintendo, there were even different models for different markets. The PAL region got the Japanese super Famicom design – the USA had to be satisfied with a rather lame building block design instead. The Americans could look forward to exclusive games. What a mess.

The release of the SNES Mini, such region locks are at least the best in the big consoles, but Nintendo’s retro Super Nintendo still contains traces of it.

For this reason, we get a different version from the US , which in turn is different from the Japanese. Ours looks like the Japanese, but still has the same games as the American. Herrje, let’s get it on.

SNES Mini: The Differences Between Japan, USA and Europe

So: As in the 90s we get the same SNES design as Japan. Luckily, the round SNES Mini (pictured above in the Aufmacherbild) makes optically (in my opinion) significantly more ago. Looks, however, not everything, as the German software SNES Mini plays the same software offer as in the American version (note: USA and Europe are identical in content):

  • Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Earthbound
  • Final Fantasy 3 (aka Final Fantasy 6)
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby Superstar
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyperfighting
  • Super Castlevania 4
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Ghouls’ n Ghosts
  • Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars (originally not in Germany)
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out !!
  • Yoshi’s Island

The Japanese version scores with the following exclusive titles :

  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • Panel de Pon
  • Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
  • Super Formation Soccer
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

For this, Asia has to do without Earthbound, Kirby, Castlevania and Punch-Out. You can not have everything. We can not play Fire Emblem 3 is actually annoying. Mystery of the Emblem contains a SNES remake of the very first Fire emblem as well as a continuation of the story in a second chapter. Modern remasters like to cut a slice of it. This second chapter was released a few years ago as a standalone game for 3DS, but also only in Japan. Human!

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