Classic NES Series

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Not to be confused with Classics.

The Classic NES Series, known as the NES Classics in Europe and Australia, and as Famicom Mini in Japan, is a series of video games for the Game Boy Advance released in 2004 and 2005. All games are emulated versions of classic Famicom/NES video games, including six games of the Super Mario franchise. They are mostly unchanged from the originals, but features such as multiplayer using the link cable or wireless adapter (only if the original game included multiplayer) and save functions for high scores and custom levels were added in certain cases. The resolution of the games was altered to fit the GBA screen, making the graphics look "squished."

In Japan, Nintendo released 30 games in three series in total, while North America and Europe only saw 12 games in two series. Several NES games were also released in North America on e-Reader cards, though. The Japanese releases feature game packaging almost identical to the original packaging for the Famicom.

Wrecking Crew has since been made available on the Nintendo 3DS in North America through the Nintendo Ambassador program.

Super Mario games[edit]

Super Mario games released internationally:

  • Donkey Kong – Released on February 14, 2004 in Japan, on June 7, 2004 in North America, and on July 9, 2004 in Europe. Notably, this game does not include 50m, a level exclusive to the Game Boy version and the arcade version of the game.
  • Dr. Mario – Released on May 21, 2004 in Japan, on October 25, 2004 in North America, and on January 7, 2005 in Europe.
  • Super Mario Bros. – Released on February 14, 2004 in Japan, on June 7, 2004 in North America, and on July 9, 2004 in Europe. On September 13, 2005, it was re-released in Japan on the occasion of the game's 20th anniversary.

Super Mario games released in Japan only:

  • Mario Bros. – Released on May 21, 2004.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – Released on August 10, 2004. Known as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels in the West. Being a port of a Family Computer Disk System game, Super Mario Bros. 2 also includes the classic "Please Set Disk Card" screen that can be triggered by holding the A button while the Game Boy Advance logo is shown.
  • Wrecking Crew – Released on May 21, 2004.

Famicom Mini Collection[edit]

A single game cartridge consisting of 11 Famicom Mini titles was planned to be released exclusively in China by iQue, but it was canceled due to the huge scene of piracy in China at that time. Had it been released, it would have come out in 2007 or later, according to the approval year from the government.

Neither the included Famicom/NES games nor the Classic NES Series menus have been translated in the prototype (they were in English). The game also has a crudely made title screen and menu that are also left in English.

The Famicom Mini Collection included all of the Super Mario games that have received a Classic NES Series or Famicom Mini release.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファミコンミニ
Famikon Mini
Famicom Mini

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