The Famicom was Nintendo's first smash-hit home system and spawned the NES in the west. The shared library of these systems is immense, especially by standards of the period – in Japan alone, over 1000 games were released for the console.
"How long would it take someone to collect all of those games, complete-in-box?", we hear you ponder. Well, ponder no longer, as someone has actually gone and done it. That someone is Japanese YouTuber SOMARI, who, in just over 20 years, has finally completed their Famicom collection:
Last month, on March 11, 2021, with the purchase of "Snow Brothers", I was able to complete all 1053 NES cassette commercial products with boxes and instructions!!
It has been 20 years and 3 months since I purchased "Mobile Suit Z Gundam" in December 2000.
Thanks to everyone who has always supported me, I have reached this point! thank you very much!!
The final game was Toaplan's port of Snow Bros., in case you were wondering. All of the 1053 games are complete in their original packaging and come with instructions, too.
Well, we did it gamers. We saved the Famicom.
Seeing “20 years since” and “December 2000” in the same sentence is incredibly frightening.
Well done her. I bet she's got some absolute ***** to play now.
Congrats. Happy for ya
He’s gone and done quite a thing. Next is the N64. Then the GC. Then Wii, Wii U, and Switch. And then the Nintendo handholds. Then rival company systems. Then all copies of all games on all systems until Somali’s house is so loaded with games it becomes an entertainment black whole and destroys the universe.
This is the beginning of the end.
@gcunit She? He's a man!
Awesome! Good for her!
That's mind-boggling, alright
Congratulations are in order
@gcunit C'mon, they weren't all bad.
How does he store all the games? I understand Japanese homes are pretty small. Maybe he has a big house from his income as a Youtuber?
Next objective: Complete Super Famicom collection next!
Now to spend the next 20 years playing those games...
I'll give them 50 for the lot... ok 55!
Wonder how much they all costed in total.
That's pretty cool and good for them. But if I'm really honest, considering that the Japanese look after things extremely well this isn't that much of a challenge.
I mean I would be really impressed if they went after every NTSC or PAL release boxed with manual...
On one level it is probably easier to get a complete Famicom boxed collection because Japanese consumers were more likely to hold onto boxes and manuals (that and it's generally cheaper) than NES games and North American consumers at the time. Though on another that is a level of COMMITMENT to get that done! 20 years means he worked hard to do this and it should be commended!
The North American equivalent to this was probably when Pat the NES Punk completed his NES collection and even then a large amount of it is loose.
Not being a collector I’m not entirely envious, but that’s cool they fulfilled that dream and can share it. ‘The Nintendo’ is my favorite system. In fact, in a recent move where I only had room for 1 of my vintage consoles, it was the NES I brought along
@NinChocolate Sor me it is my SNES! While I grew up on the N64 and Gamecube my old SNES was always plugged into my little CRT I had in my room! I spent sleepless nights playing Dr Mario + Tetris, Cybernator and Final Fantasy II (FFIV) from like the age of 8-16! Since learning Japanese I started collecting Super Famicom games because they are cheaper and easier to get a hold of! But, I will never forget my old SNES that is still plugged in right next to it!
Collectors are just leveled up hoarders.
1053! Wow, I can even imagine where I would put them all, I think I would make a special bookcase just for them. And considering he got them all with box and instructions manual, that another level.
Man, I would love to play snow bros again.
But do they all work? 😈
Amazing dedication and funds! I bet Somari had to sacrifice considerably to accrue such a collection. in the video, Somari tells us that Snow Bros, at 72,500 yen (about US$665), is only the FOURTH most expensive game they bought. The others were:
Battle Rush (JPY250,000 / US$2,290)
Zeta Gundam (JPY120,960 / US$1,110)
Exciting Boxing (JPY 101,990 / US$936)
Imagine spending a month's salary on a single game!!
Well, actually it was worse than that every time when I was on an allowance in the 80s!
@Teksetter It is amazing!!!! I love the dedication he had doing this! It reminds me of the story Pat the NES Punk had in regards to getting his Gold Nintendo World Champions Cart... he did not disclose how much he spent... but it was new car amounts.
That is quite admirable, really, but personally I couldn‘t see myself dedictaing a quarter of my life to something like that. Don’t get me wrong it sure is nice to have games in mint condition but I think something like a hundred would have done, too.
@Teksetter I used to buy Game Boy games in a country where Nintendo didn't officially do business. Pre-WWW, it was black market or nothing, and games literally cost a month's pay.
This was why my GB collection never amounted to more than half a dozen games. I played the hell out of Tetris and Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge.
The worst thing was when you bought a game and it sucked. Try getting your money back from a black market shop in a third world country sometime, it's loads of fun.
@ManaOwls If it's a dude and he confuses him with a dudette...yes it does.
@Teksetter Zeta Gundam. I wonder if that is the rare "Final Version" that she spent so much on. The normal retail version, which I have, is only like a $2 game loose, so I'd imagine complete retail can't be that hard to find.
I'll bet Exciting Boxing is hard to find due to that it came with an inflatable training dummy that was used as the controller. I bet a lot of those originally made have broken over the years.
Just as when I was collecting, one of the games I wanted was this one that used a small plastic mallet version of the Power Pad. The carts (a whack-a-mole game) were easy to find, but that controller set was just not around when I had some money to spend.
The next logical step is to get 1053 Famicoms and a gigantic wall of TVs to play them all simultaneously.
I find the Famicom inmeasurably more fun to collect for than the NES (more games, many of which are amazing, some games have a better version on Famicom like Contra of Castlevania III, it's much cheaper, and the cartridges are varied and fun), and seeing a complete collection with all the boxes and manuals is just awesome.
That is incredible.
Can we celebrate by adding Snow Bros. to Nintendo Switch Online? :3
I started trying to build a complete set of SMS games, but stopped when I got to 150 titles as realised there was so much rubbish, borderline unplayable. For my SNES I have only purchased games that I will actually play. Each to there own.
Somari’s video does indeed show it was the Zeta Gundam Final Version. Now I’m curious what differentiates it from the 200 yen bin standard edition? ?_?
Must be something awesome to justify the $1,000+ price diff 😅
Wow Jasmine, I thought it was bad when I dropped a couple month’s chores or birthday money on a lemon of an NES game, but you dealt with some serious adversity there! It really made us appreciate the good games we found, though. 😁
@Teksetter It sure did! I loved Castlevania 2 so much!
@Teksetter As I understand it CUTS content that apparently the fans didn't like anyways.
Can't remember, if it was the side-scrolling stages that seems copied from Thexder. Leaving only the "3D" levels.
General appraisal for the lot, anyone.? 100K; .5Mil? Buehler....Buehler?
What do you mean the 90s weren't 20 years ago?
Fun fact: Several Japanese store sells Famicoms and Super Famicoms for very cheap prices. I found one while searching "Super Famicom" (Japanese writing) on Google and found an auction for a Super Famicom that sells for only ¥1,980 (which is only about $18).
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