New Super Nintendo Game Coming Out In Japan

A Satellaview-only game is getting a physical release, 20 years after its debut.

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Despite being discontinued nearly 20 years ago, Nintendo's second home console, the Super Famicom (or Super NES, as it's known outside of Japan), has suddenly found itself in the news once again.

While rumors have been circulating that Nintendo is planning to release a miniature, plug-and-play version of the console this holiday season (following the rather abrupt discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the company's first home console), the original Super Famicom itself is also getting a new game release in Japan this summer according to 4Gamer (via Kotaku).

The title, a side-scrolling beat-'em-up called Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero, isn't exactly a new game; it was originally released for the platform via the Satellaview peripheral in 1997, but this marks the first time players will be able to purchase a physical copy of the game. The cartridge is being released to commemorate the title's 20th anniversary and will retail for 6,998 yen (roughly $62) when it goes on sale in June.

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The Satellaview was an add-on for the Super Famicom that was never released outside of Japan. The peripheral, a satellite modem that plugged into the console, debuted in 1995 and allowed players to access digital content such as magazines, additional content for existing titles, and even full games through a subscription broadcast service. The games weren't permanently stored on the Satellaview; rather, they were broadcast at regular intervals and could only be played while they were "airing." Some of the more notable titles to be borne from the Satellaview were Radical Dreamers (the text adventure that would serve as the basis for the PS1 classic Chrono Cross) and "BS Zelda," a remixed version of the original Legend of Zelda that featured improved graphics and even voice acting. The service was ultimately discontinued in 2000.

News about Nintendo's second console has been surprisingly prevalent of late. Recently, popular console modder Ben Heck managed to repair the fabled Nintendo PlayStation, the prototype for what was to be a CD-ROM-expanded version of the SNES before Nintendo backed out of its arrangement with Sony and partnered with Philips. An enterprising fan known as Clown TV has also created a beautiful skin inspired by the Super Famicom for Nintendo's newest system, the Switch.

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Cool :)

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@tinoush: Yes, VERY cool :)

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For all those young kids out there who have never experienced the joy of powering up a game with no load times, no downloads, and no internet sign-on, I can tell you it was WONDERFUL.

Long live retro gaming!

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I would play this...if given the opportunity, Nintendo.

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Is this...1993?

I made it, I traveled back in time! !!!

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Port Chanticleer Hegemony to the SNES

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wow, i guess extreme and columbus circle been lagging for 20 years to just release on the snes console. i guess a 3rd party snes console will make use of it or a official super famicom that still working will use it.

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Interesting. Shame this will never make its way to the west.

Would be nice of Nintendo at least to localize it and offer it in the eShop

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This gives me hope that there may still be some interest on Nintendo's end in reviving older Satellaview games.

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cant wait for the super Nintendo to come out this coming fall time

hopefully to keep my eye out for this one

happy gaming nothing better

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"New Super Nintendo Game"

"20 years after its debut"

These things do not match up, however still cool to have a physical version

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Those games is for CRC Monitors not for LCDs...

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@GabrielX-X: No, they work on LCDs

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What the f***? Did I really read that correctly? $62 for an 8 bit game made for a 20+ yrs. old system is complete insanity. I know it won't make a difference but I'm not getting this and I suggest no-one in their right mind spend their hard earned money as this. Please use common sense.

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@zeveroth: Taking inflation into account its about right ! We probably paid the equivalent (for Games) back when the game was released !

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@zeveroth: Eh, people will spend money on whatever they like. For some people, nostalgia is worth that kind of price.

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@zeveroth: "$62 for an 8 bit game made"

It's 16 bit, 8 bit was OG NES bruh...

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@Silver17: haha. Typographical error.

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@zeveroth: If you adjust for 1997 prices, that comes out to be 3 straw pennies and a burlap sack full of AOL starter discs.

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@HelIWithoutSin: Heck, I'll even throw in some Netscape Navigator discs too!!

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@HelIWithoutSin: i lol'd

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@HelIWihoutSin: so it all equals out to crap. gotcha!

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Technically, the Super Famicom system wasn't discontinued until 2003, so less than 15 years.

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thats dedication right there

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Game looks pooey. Would not buy.

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Will Nintendo ever release their Satellite content on the eShop? Or am I better off hoping for more NES Classics?

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@e3man01: IF they did, it'd be Japan only most likely. SMB 2 made its way to the VC in NA only because everyone and their brother now knows about how NOA changed Doki Doki Panic to make it a full Mario game.

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@e3man01:

That would be interesting to say the least.

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