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Earlier this week, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS would be able to play SNES titles as of March 3rd, 2016, with the American launch titles F-Zero, Super Mario World, and Pilotwings released to the New 3DS’s Virtual Console.

However, this wasn’t everything that will be released from the SNES library, as Earthbound, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Mario Kart are inbound for March 24th, with Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past to be released on April 14th, 2016.

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While the Americas are receiving the aforementioned titles, Japan got Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and F-Zero at launch, with Kirby’s Dream Course, Fire Emblem: Geneology of the Holy War, and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem on their way. Additionally, as pictured on the top of the page Japan is getting a brand new Super Famicom (or for those of us in the west Super Nintendo Entertainment System) styled New Nintendo 3DS XL, while no such system has been announced for the west.

While all the game’s released so far have been first party Nintendo titles, Japan will also receive some third-party titles. Here is the list below as reported by Siliconera from the Japanese Nintendo Direct:


Mega Man X, Mega Man X2, Mega Man X3, Mega Man 7

Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2

Final Fight, Final Fight 2, Final Fight Guy (aka Tough in Japan), Super Ghouls and Ghosts.


Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Super Castlevania IV

Quick Take

While not surprising, it is disappointing to see the non-parity between SNES releases. Hopefully this will be revised in the future, as quite a few of the (hopefully for now) Japan-only releases are classics that would be wonderful to play on a New Nintendo 3DS. What is ironic about this entire situation is that most of the ‘Japan-only’ titles were released in the West, which makes the sudden Japan-only exclusivity even more puzzling. Another noteworthy detail is the fact that SNES games are only playable on a New Nintendo 3DS. Why can’t I play SNES games on my 2DS? Is Nintendo trying to push consumers to the New Nintendo 3DS with moves like this? Definitely some food for thought, as Nintendo’s newest line of consoles draws closer.

Patrick Perrault

Staff Writer

Writer for TechRaptor, who hopes to gain valuable experience in a constantly changing industry.

  • Anderino

    You can’t play snes titles on the 2DS and old 3DS probably because the N3DS has better specs. It’s the reason homebrew emulators are crap on the old 3DS and pretty good on the N3DS.

  • Dom The Elegy

    I don’t really expect them to port Fire Emblem but if they’re not gonna bring Mega Man X, Castlevania and Contra, Imma be pissed.
    Also please Seiken Densetsu 3. Release it at $40 I don’t care, just bring it.

  • Nope Naw

    Dear Nintendo;

    Sit and spin.

  • Scruffy, the Janitor

    Do they still make the regular sized New 3DS? I don’t like the bulkiness of the XL and I’m curious about upgrading.

  • Michele

    I really hope those games will also arrive outside of japan, I was really hoping for the Megaman serie.
    The new XL snes edition seems really cool, it’s unfortunate that for the regular size 3ds there’s nothing like that.
    About the regular sized new 3ds, at the moment is only available in Japan and Europe.

    Here in Europe (in Italy at least) the release of the snes titles is a bit different. Here’s the list:
    – March 4th: Super Mario World, Earthbound
    – March 10th: Legend of Zelda: a Link to the past, Super Metroid
    – March 17th: F-Zero, Super Mario Kart
    – March 24th: Donkey Kong County, Donkey Kong Country 2
    And if you buy one of them the first week you can get the other for half the price.

    It is also unfortunate that you cannot purchase every version of a game (for instance Megaman and Rockman) but still limited but your country store.