That’s right, Kevin! I am now the proud owner of the Japanese version of my favorite retro console, the Super Famicom!
With this purchase, I can now play (and subsequently review) SNES games that were only released in Japan. Not sure I’ll be doing RPGs though, considering the story focused nature of the genre means reading the on-screen text is pretty important, and I can’t read Japanese so…yeah, you see the dilemma there. Though I have long-since owned a copy of the Japanese version of Super Mario RPG, so I might have a go with that one, since I love/know the game so well anyway.
My long-time readers may remember that I have reviewed a Super Famicom title in the past in the form of Tetris Battle Gaiden. But to clarify, it was my brother’s Super Famicom and game I played. Now I have my own Super Famicom, which means I can review more of such games.
Will I be getting the Japanese versions of any other retro consoles? Probably not anytime soon. Like Super Mario RPG is to its genre, the Super Nintendo holds a special place for me in terms of retro consoles. So this is something I made an exception for. I’m not ruling out the possibility of buying more Japanese retro consoles, but it’s not on the cards as of now. The Super NES is just a timeless masterpiece of a console, so it gets the special treatment.
So yeah, on top of all the other reviews I’m falling behind on, I now have a whole other category added to my lineup…
5 thoughts on “I Has a Super Famicom!”
That’s really cool! I actually have a few Super Famicom cartridges, but I play them in my Super NES instead. As an aside, I’ve always thought the original Famicom had a better-looking design than the NES, though considering how adverse buyers were to game consoles back then, they did well to redesign it in a way that downplayed what it was.
Have you heard of the Super UFO? It lets you pull roms from actual game cartridges and patch them yourself so you can still play your games off the original cartridges.
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I have not heard of that. If it’s legal, I might check it out.
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I feel like it’s the most legal way to play translations other than applying patches with something like a Retron system with an SD card. You essentially use the Super UFO 8 to pull the rom from your cart and you can apply a patch to it with an SD card. You can also use it as a rom cart if you want, but it’s really cool to be able to pull your own roms from games you own. And most SFC RPGs are pretty cheap! You can get some good stuff for not very much money. I know of a really great video by My Life in Gaming that goes into a lot more detail about it if you want more information. Happy Super Famicom-ing!