Being Player Two is rubbish

Somewhere around 1990 my sister, nearly four years my senior, received a NES as a gift. The first game we played, as is true for most people, was the original Super Mario Bros.

Because that little grey box of wonder belonged to my sister and I am the younger sibling, the natural order shook things out almost immediately: she was Player One and I was Player Two.

That pattern followed through subsequent games. Super Mario Bros. 3, Bubble Bobble, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers; it didn’t matter what the game was. I was always Luigi to her Mario, Bob to her Bub, or Dale to her Chip. I was happy enough with my lot and, talking to friends, it seemed like similar unspoken arrangements had settled into their households. The older sibling or the one who ‘owned’ the console was Player One, and the younger sibling was, invariably, Player Two.

Japan is getting its own Nintendo Classic Mini

Japan is getting its own Nintendo Classic Mini, with a palm-sized take on the Famicom coming out this November.

It follows , which is also due out in November for £49.99 and takes the form factor of Nintendo’s 80s console as it appeared in the west. I’ve always been more partial to Japan’s own Famicom, which makes it super tempting to import this particular Nintendo Mini Classic – and seeing as the unit can be powered by USB, that looks perfectly possible.

There’s also a slightly different list of games that come with the unit, with the likes of River City Ransom, Final Fantasy 3, Mario Club Golf and Yie Ar Kung Fu exclusive to the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom (the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES also has its own exclusives: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania 2, Donkey Kong Jr, Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Punch Out, Startropics, Tecmo Bowl are all absent on the Famicom). Looks like if you’re a completionist you’ll have to get both, which given how gorgeous both units are I think I’m okay with.