Tag: Super Famicom
News Harvest Moon Added To Japan's Switch Online Super Famicom Library
Instead of Earthworm Jim 2, Japan has received the original Harvest Moon game this month. This farming RPG was first released on the Super Famicom in 1996 and is joined by Dig Dug II and Mappy-Land. Just like the western offerings, you can play this one right away. The catch is, you'll obviously need to have access to a Japanese Switch...
News 'Shin Megami Tensei If' Is Being Added To Japan's NSO Super Famicom Collection
Experience the 1994 Shin Megami Tensei spin-off
Nintendo has just revealed its retro line-up for the Switch Online service here in the west. If you haven't seen, we're getting Claymates, Jelly Boy and Bombuzai for the Super Nintendo on 28th July. So what's Japan receiving? Three Super Famicom games.
Video EarthBound's "Lost Secrets" Have Been Revealed Thanks To The Recovery Of Localisation Source Files
Never-before-seen content, cut ideas and much more...
New secrets about the SNES game EarthBound have been uncovered thanks to efforts of the Video Game History Foundation. In 2018, former Nintendo of America employee Marcus Lindblom (and the guy responsible for the English-language script in EarthBound) discovered an old floppy disk which were...
News Fire Emblem: Genealogy Of The Holy War Is Joining Japan's NSO Super Famicom Library
Experience the fourth game in the series
Japan has once again got some slightly different offerings for its Switch Online SNES and NES library this month. All up, two of the five games are different. While Japan's service is also getting Caveman Ninja (Joe & Mac), Magical Drop II, Ninja JaJaMaru-kun, in the place of
News PlayStation's Ken Kutaragi "Never" Considered Nintendo To Be A Competitor
"We were workmates"
Before the existence of the PlayStation, Sony worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the Super Famicom. Nintendo decided to pull the plug on the device, and so Sony entered the console business by itself - becoming a direct rival and industry powerhouse. With this in mind, “The Father of PlayStation” Ken Kutaragi...
News Shin Megami Tensei II Is Being Added To Japan's NSO Super Famicom Collection
Experience the second entry in Atlus' RPG series
As usual, Japan's monthly lineup of Switch Online offerings are slightly different from the west. The titles for Japan in February include Psycho Dream, Mario's Super Picross (already available in the west), Solomon's Key 2 (Fire 'n Ice) and the highlight of the lot is Atlus' 1994 Super Famicom JRPG,...
News The F-Zero Series Is Now 30 Years Old
The Super Famicom this week celebrates its 30th anniversary and you know what that means, right? The F-Zero series is now also 30 years old. The first game was released in Japan on 21st November 1990 and followed with a North American release in 1991 and a European release in 1992. Since the original game's arrival, Nintendo has...
News 30 Years After Nintendo's "Operation Midnight Shipping" And Console Launches Are Still Fraught With Danger
PS5 consoles go missing in the UK
There's a famous story relating to the launch of the Super Famicom in Japan – an event which took place a staggering 30 years ago today – that Nintendo decided to ship the console to stores during the night to avoid deliveries being intercepted by Yakuza crime gangs. Dubbed "Operation Midnight Shipping", the...
News Fire Emblem: Mystery Of The Emblem Joins Japan's Switch Online Service This Month
Access it via the Super Famicom app
Next week, Nintendo is releasing the 1994 Super Famicom title Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem on the Switch Online service in Japan. This is the third entry in Intelligence system's tactical role-playing series and the first one to be released on the Super Famicom. It stars Marth, has never been released...
News Shin Megami Tensei Is Being Added To Japan's NSO Super Famicom Collection
Gun-Dec is also on the way
We know Donkey Kong Country was just confirmed for the Nintendo Switch Online here in the west, but once again, Japan's monthly line-up seems to be slightly better. Instead of Natsume Championship Wrestling, in its place is the 1992 Super Famicom RPG Shin Megami Tensei by Atlus. Here's the rundown, courtesy of
News Square Enix Trademarks Super Famicom RPG Live A Live In Australia And Europe
Will it finally be localised?
Square Enix has a huge library of role-playing games, and some of them haven't even been released in the west. One game, in particular, that never got officially localised was the 1994 Super Famicom RPG, Live A Live. With any luck, we might finally see this game make its way to other regions. Gematsu has discovered...
News Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase Would Like To Remake Final Fantasy V
Reviving the medieval-fantasy RPG
Next month is a busy period for Square Enix, with not one but two remakes coming out. This has got many fans of the company wondering what else could be remade in the future. While Square Enix hasn't said anything official itself, during a recent interview with Game Reactor, veteran producer Yoshinori Kitase –...
News Kirby's Super Star Stacker Receives English Fan Translation 21 Years After Japan-Only Release
Kirby's final Super Famicom appearance
Fans have released a western translation of Kirby's Super Star Stacker, a game which released on the Super Famicom just over 21 years ago. The game is a remake of Game Boy title Kirby's Star Stacker and was only ever released in Japan (the original Game Boy game did launch in North America and Europe). The...
News Super Famicom Logo In Super Mario Maker 2 Has Fans Speculating
What does it mean?
If you watched the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct last night (or perhaps you're catching up this morning), you might have caught Mario hopping into a Koopa Troopa Car and zipping through the Super Mario 3D World sections. Looks pretty neat, no? You might also have noticed a logo fade up briefly when Mario jumps into his newfound set...
Random Japanese Man Named Miyamoto Arrested For Selling Modded Super Famicom Mini
No, not that one
A 39-year-old man located in Japan has been arrested by police for selling modded Super Famicom Classic Mini consoles to three individuals in online net auctions. According to a report by Asahi via Nintendo Soup, the man added a total of five games to each of the modified systems and then resold them for approximately 61,500 yen...
News August Sees Triple Flavoured Kunio Super Famicom Release
Baseball, dodgeball and puzzle variety on a single cartridge
Great news if you're a fan of Kunio and happen to be looking to expand your Super Famicom cartridge collection. A recent Amazon Japan listing has revealed what can be roughly translated as 'Kunio's Triple Play Replica Package', a complete Super Famicom boxed cartridge that brings...
News Two Classic Super Famicom Games Are Set For A Special Reprint In Japan
There's been a spate of retro re-releases as of late in Japan, with publishers reissuing classic titles (and a few obscure gems) on their original platform. Japanese firm Tommo is the latest publisher to leap aboard the bandwagon, with two Super Famicom titles getting a reprint. It's been confirmed that Shodai Nekketsu Kpuha Kunio-kun...
News Super Famicom Exclusive Super Robot Wars Gaiden Deploys English Fan Translation
With the recent release of five Super Famicom Great Battle games still fresh in our minds, Aeon Genesis and his group are back again with a complete English translation patch for one of the most iconic games in the whole Super Robot Wars saga: Super Robot Wars Gaiden: - Masōkishin – The Lord Of Elemental. However, according to the...
News Super Famicom Megami Tensei Spin-Off Last Bible III Gets Translated Into English
Now import friendlier
Jolly news for Megami Tensei fans today as Tom and DDSTrans have announced the release of a complete English translation patch for Super Famicom 1995 exclusive Last Bible III. This was the first entry in the series released on a home console, with the previous two games having graced the humble Game Boy Colour also...
News Super Famicom Exclusives 'G.O.D.' And 'Ranma ½: Chougi Ranbu Hen' Translated to English
Double Easter treat from Dynamc-Designs
Dynamic Designs picked April first for a double Super Famicom games translation release, but no need to worry, this is no April's fool. Add one of the last great JRPGs plus one anime fan favourite brawler to the club of fan translated Super Famicom games. Originally released by Infinity/Imaginer in...
News Zany Super Famicom Great Battle Series Gets Translated Into English
AGTP celebrates 19 years with five simultaneous translations
One of the longest-running franchises that sadly remains niche in the West is Banpresto's Compati Hero series. Based on super-deformed gashapon toys you can still collect from vending machines across Japan, it marked the first time several franchises crossed over to create an...
News Cult Super Famicom Title Majyuuou Is Making A Comeback
A second chance in Hell
Super Famicom cult classic Majyuuou - and possibly the finest Altered Beast clone you will ever get the chance to play - is getting a reprint this coming April, thanks to Columbus Circle. This 1995 KSS-developed horror platformer gathered quite a following thanks to its incredible pixel art, tight gameplay with...
News Super Famicom Exclusive JRPG La Wares Translated Into English
A late Valentine Day's gift from Dynamic Designs
Hot on the heels of its complete English translation of Princess Minerva last year, Dynamic Designs is back with a new translation release for yet another Japan only Super Famicom JRPG; Shin Seikoku: La Wares now joins the ever growing list of Super Famicom games that is now accessible to any...
News 'Super Famicom Wars' And 'Princess Minerva' Translated to English
Plus ' U.N. Squadron' gets a spiffy MSU1 audio patch
Once again the Super Nintendo community made sure that this was yet another Christmas to remember if you are still playing around with Nintendo's 16-bit wonder. Three major projects were completed and released in time for the Holidays, including a complete English translation for one major...
Buyers Guide Nintendo SNES Classic Mini
A Link To The Past
Hot on the heals of 2016's excellent NES Classic Mini is the obvious SNES Classic Mini, or Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System if you want the full name. Fully loaded with 21 games (including never before seen Star Fox 2), the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition system has the original...
News Super Famicom Brawler Gurume Sentai Barayarō Is Getting A Physical Relaunch In Early 2018
Now you're cooking with power!
Columbus Circle strikes back with the announcement of yet another old Super Famicom re-release, this time planned for early 2018. The unlikely candidate is the 1995 Winds-developed, Virgin Interactive-published Gurume Sentai Barayarō, a zany side scrolling beat 'em up oddity which focuses on cooking. Think Cooking...
News Super Famicom Exclusive Sutte Hakkun Gets Translated Into English
Ink in, ink out, scratch head, restart level
It is quite amazing to see the number of Super Famicom exclusives that not only would have probably done well in the West if released during the console's peak years, but also still mix it up with current generation offerings. For your consideration, Sutte Hakkun (gesundheit) by Nintendo and the very...
News Super Famicom Exclusive, Far East of Eden Zero, Translated Into English
Major JRPG's "impossible" language barrier conquered at last
"Impossible!" is the word used to describe something that can't be done... until someone does it for the first time. Tengai Makyō Zero (full title Far East of Eden: Tengai Makyō Zero) was one the major Super Famicom games with seemingly impossible translation; this late generation 1995...
Hardware Review The Super Famicom Mini Is For Hardcore Collectors Only
Not all micro-consoles are created equal, the SNES Classic Mini being the perfect example of this (not-so-universal) truth. The western versions may have the same game selection but the North American and European editions showcase radically different case designs, which has led to some particularly dedicated Nintendo fans buying...
News Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts Gets the MSU1 Digital Audio Enhancement Treatment
Pantless Knight with Hi-Fi Audio
Capcom's Super Ghouls'n Ghosts will always be a polarising title. A masterpiece of game design with impressive usage of the Super Nintendo's graphical and sound capabilities produced one of the system's finest exclusive games, but also one that challenges players with not one but two complete (rather hard)...
News Renowned Japanese Devs List The Games They Wanted On The Super Famicom Mini
Akihiro Hino, Yosuke Okunari and Hideki Kamiya sound off
The Japanese version of the SNES Classic Mini - the Super Famicom Mini - has recently launched in Japan, and it differs from the western version by offering Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja / Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyū
Video An Unboxing of the Super Famicom Classic Mini
A super part of the family
In Japan, 5th October marks the release of the Super Famicom Classic Mini. Following the SNES Classic Edition / Mini last week, the “Sufami Mini” is now ready to buy! It too comes with 21 games, though the lineup is slightly different. Don't worry, importers, Star Fox 2 is included. As for outward appearances, it's...
News English Translation Released for Super Famicom Exclusive Wrecking Crew '98
Stop! Hammer Time!
Mario isn't just a plumber, he is a man of many talents, including home wrecking. The literal kind, not the 'steal your girlfriend' kind that remains a Bowser exclusive gig. During his brief demolition stint at Wrecking Crew not only did he use his magic hammer to bring the house down, he also met a new nemesis: Foreman Spike.
News Super Castlevania IV and Rival Turf Join the MSU1 Audio Club
“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
It looks like Conn and Kurrono Kei aren't giving the old MSU1 audio enhancement trick a rest; this allows you to add CD-quality soundtracks to retro games. Released during the last week was one of the most fan-requested patches (Super Castlevania IV) and a surprise release for...
Random It's Hard to Resist Importing These Super Famicom Joy-Con Kits
Super Switch indeed
You may have noticed the name of our editorial director Damien McFerran has been largely missing for the last couple of weeks, and that's because he's swanning about on Holiday. He still has time to browse random Japanese accessories online, of course, because that's just his style. In any case, he sent us poor worker drones a...
News Terranigma on SNES Gets The Ultimate Digital Audio Treatment
MSU1 Magic turns Quintet into full orchestra
Like everyone else we love the whole SNES Mini thing, but with a total of 21 games we also had to accept that many big names would be missing in action. One of biggest third-party producers missing is Quintet, which is surprising considering its incredibly prolific output during the SNES years, which...
News Early Super Nintendo Rayman Prototype Released
The Lost And Found Rayman
The retro community was rather giddy when in late 2016 Michel Ancel announced that he had recovered the only known Super Nintendo prototype build of the original, unreleased version of Rayman. It is always a rather exciting prospect when lost software is recovered and there's a whole community of people out there working...
News Nintendo Unveils the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom for Japan
Same deal, but with a few different games
We've had the reveals for the Super NES Classic Edition (NA) and the The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), and now Nintendo has released details of the Japanese version. Aesthetically and in terms of its name it seems to follow the style and branding of the PAL iteration...
News Super Famicom Title "Ghost Chaser Densei" Translated Into English
The other Ghosts in the Shell
You may not be familiar with Winkysoft’s rather decent and zany “Denjin Makai” series of scrolling beat’em ups. Like so many others they stubbornly remained Japan-only affairs, with both games (the titular “Denji Makai” and the sequel “Guardians”) sticking to Japanese arcades. But not all hope was lost,...
News Columbus Circle Is Releasing A New Super Famicom Game This Year
1997's Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero is going physical
Nintendo's Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom was blessed with several download-exclusives which never saw a physical release back in the day, making them particular desirable to collectors and gaming historians alike. Thankfully, one Satellaview won't be consigned to mists of time...
Gallery This Super Famicom Switch Skin Will Give You The Retro Feels
Love the skin you're in
The allure of retro hardware is pretty strong, and Nintendo knows it - hence the fact that it has produced vintage-themed variants of the Game Boy Micro and 3DS XL in the past. It has yet to pull the same trick with the Switch (hardly surprising given how new the console is) but if you really want to give your system that...
News Super Nintendo Games, "Legend" And "Iron Commando", Seek Re-release
Piko Interactive seeks to republish Arcade Zone's finest
You might remember Arcade Zone's "Legend" for the Super Nintendo, a game that cult magazine Super Play issue #22 reviewed with a conclusion of "Skillfully crafted with cracking graphics and some novel touches (...)", despite failing to bring anything new to the sidescrolling brawler formula...
News Super Nintendo's 'Unholy Night' Pre-Orders Are Now Live
Ex-SNK-developed fighter gets back up after Kickstarter KO
After a disastrous Kickstarter campaign that managed to raise only half the needed funds to publish Unholy Knight on the Super Nintendo later this year, it seemed like NU-GAIA's ambitious Super Nintendo one-on-one fighter was heading for an early retirement. So it was surprising to find out...
News Super Famicom Title 3x3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan Gets Translated To English
All eyes on you
Classic manga and anime fans should gather and rejoice as news arrived of a complete English translation for the second game in Banpresto's 3x3 Eyes Super Famicom series. 3x3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan was released in 1995, a late generation title for the Super Famicom. In this game you take control of Yakumo who has just arrived in Hong...
News A Trio Of Super Famicom RPG Classics Are Now Playable In English
Glory of Heracles IV! Xak The Art of Visual Stage! Super GokuDen Totsugeki!
When it rains, it pours. The world of fan translation is an active one, but it's rare that we get three notable releases so close to one another - but that's exactly what has happened; thanks to the dedication of Super Famicom translators we can now play Glory of Heracles...
Video 1990 Super Famicom Launch Promo Video Saved From Obscurity
An hour of launch goodness
On Wednesday, November 21, 1990 Nintendo stunned the gaming world with the Super Famicom, the sequel to its incredibly popular Famicom console. 300,000 consoles were sold within the matter of a few hours, forcing the Japanese government to request that manufacturers release gaming systems on weekends in the future to avoid...
Matters of Import The "Perfect" Super Famicom Compendium
Perfect in every way
If you didn't know, Nintendo celebrated its 127th birthday recently. With so many years of history, there are naturally going to be retrospective books that pop up from
News Sailor Moon Super S: Fuwa Fuwa Panic Translated To English
For Love And Justice, Sailor Moon… will pop balloons!?
When the anime craze finally picked up steam around these lands in the '90s, the high school playground was divided between boys who watched Dragon Ball and girls who watched Sailor Moon. A few more enlightened people actually enjoyed both shows, refusing to accept that gender should decide...
Feature Unboxing the Super Famicom New Nintendo 3DS XL
Units shipping from Nintendo in Japan right now
Its been a long wait for those who were fortunate enough to snag a pre-order of the awesome-looking Super Famicom New 3DS XL in Japan, which was first shown off in a Nintendo Direct in March of this year. The unit comes decked out with the hardware design of the Japanese Super Famicom on the back,...
News Super Famicom RPG Classic Wizardry Gaiden IV Now Playable In English
Our demon's heart is throbbing
The original Wizardry turned many heads upon its original release in 1981 on the Apple II. It was a winning combination of Dungeons & Dragons-style gameplay with graphics unlike anything seen before. The series went to find success both in the west and Japan, where it was licensed to ASCii Soft. It gained such a...