Japan's getting a special NES Classic loaded with Dragon Ball games

A special gold Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer is being made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine -- and all its games are based on manga.

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Thought the original NES Classic and its mini Super Nintendo followup were hard to find? Get ready for the ultimate retro Nintendo collectible: the Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Commemoration Version.

Yes, that's a mouthful. If the name didn't clue you in, this is a special edition version of the console created to celebrate 50 years of Japan's most popular weekly manga magazine. This is more than just a standard Famicom mini painted gold, however -- it's a celebration of classic Japanese comics in pixels. Pretty much every game on the special edition console has ties to a manga series that premiered in Shonen Jump.

That includes no less than three Dragon Ball games, two Captain Tsubasa games, and titles based on Fist of the North Star, Kinnikuman and a lot more. Here's a list of the full 20 games included on the console:

  • Tag Team Match: MUSCLE
  • Dragon Quest
  • Fist of the North Star
  • Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo
  • Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsusen
  • Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu
  • Captain Tsubasa
  • Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsu-hen
  • Sekiryuuou
  • Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden
  • Sakigake!! Otokojuku Shippuu Ichi Gou Sei
  • Ankoku Shinwa: Yamato Takeru Densetsu
  • Tenchi wo Kurau (Destiny of an Emperor)
  • Hokuto no Ken 3: Shin Seiki Souzou Seiken Retsuden
  • Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
  • Captain Tsubasa 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiyajin
  • Magical Taluluto-kun: Fantastic World
  • Famicom Jump II: Saikyo no Shichinin
  • Rokudenashi Blues
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As you might have guessed, every game on the system is available exclusively in Japanese, and it looks like it'll be the same diminutive size as the original -- meaning the controllers are significantly smaller than what you'll find on the US-based NES Classic.

Don't expect a US version of this special edition console either (most of these games never released outside of Japan), but take comfort: Nintendo said late last year that the original NES Classic would be rereleased sometime in 2018.

Still, if you're hoping to import a special edition console, they reportedly go on sale on July 7 for 7,980 yen (about $70, £55 or AU$95).

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