The Japanese Version of the SNES Classic Comes With Different Games

The Japanese Version of the SNES Classic Comes With Different Games

Japan will get a few different titles in its SNES variant.

North American, European, and Japanese players who purchase an SNES Classic will get a miniaturized version of the popular console with 21 games built-in. However, there will be a slight change in the line-up between Japanese customers and their North American and European counterparts. Specifically, there are five games that will be different between the Japanese and the North American/European variant of the SNES Classic.

The Japanese version of the SNES Classic will include a few exclusive titles like Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, The Legend of Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), Super Soccer, and Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers.

SNES Classic Japanese variant

These titles will replace games included in the North American and European variants including: Earthbound, Kirby's Dream Course, Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting, and Super Punch-Out!!

There’s already a few differences between the regional variants of the SNES Classic. Japan and Europe for example will be getting a more colorful version of the console that came out originally for PAL, while the U.S. gets the more domestic, washed out gray and purple version. Remember how Nintendo made the U.S. consoles a little less colorful to avoid making it look like a toy? That’s back in full display here, to my chagrin.

While it's not really my place to debate which line-up of games is better, it's a shame that we can't all just get the same titles across all regions (and maybe an option to choose which SNES design we can purchase while we're at it). Nintendo's decision to issue region-specific SNES variants feels like a typical move for the Japanese company, but hey, there's always importing a Japanese version if you really want one.

Here's a complete list of the 21 games included in the SNES Classic for both Japan and North America/Europe.

US/UK

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby™ Super Star
  • 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 II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Japan

  • Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fantasy 6
  • 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
  • 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

For more retro SNES loveliness, check out our complete guide to the SNES Classic.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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