Fans of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System might be familiar with its Japanese counterpart, the Nintendo Family Computer (aka the Famicom.) If you dig classic ’80s games and classic ’80s cars, you might dig this too.
I recently had the opportunity to test out Retro-Bit’s RES+ console, which lets you play classic 8-bit Nintendo games over an HDMI connection, resulting in image quality heretofore unseen from these classic games. If you’re looking for something a bit more versatile, you might want to check out this system out of Japan, which lets you go handheld, while also offering an HDMI output when you’re at home.
After the release of the NES Classic Mini, we are all wondering what console Nintendo plans to miniaturize next. Well, the folks at Kei Studio clearly want a Game Boy Classic Edition, and they don’t want to wait for it.
While the original Nintendo Entertainment System is pretty iconic here in the states, the Family Computer (aka “Famicom”) was where it was at in Japan back in the early 1980s. This classic gaming system is one that all serious Nintendo fans have in their collection.
While the rest of the world will get the NES Mini this November, Nintendo has something special in store for retro gamers in Japan as well, a miniature version of the classic Famicom console.
The Famicom was originally released two years before the NES in 1983.
Japanese company Beatrobo wants to bring back the cartridge with Pico Cassette, a video game cartridge for iOS and Android devices. Is it practical? Not unless a cartridge can hold dozens of games. But Beatrobo hopes to attract old gamers and collectors who cherish the physical representations of their pastime.
Columbus Circle’s Famicom-themed clock cover plate for the New Nintendo 3DS was one of the coolest video game accessories I saw last year. Now those of us who don’t own the handheld can get in on the nostalgia with the new Case & Watch, the cover plate’s standalone version.
Last year Analogue Interactive teased the Analogue Nt, a boutique NES and Famicom console based on original hardware, i.e. the same CPU and PPU used in the Nintendo’s legendary systems. Now that the Nt is available for pre-order, Analogue Interactive is giving us a closer look at its hardware.
Game backup devices and hardware mods let you extract the data from video game cartridges into playable ROMs, but most of them require deep technical knowledge and are each compatible with only a few – if not just one – consoles.
We’ve seen Optimus Prime and Megatron as the PlayStation and Sega Mega Drive respectively. Here are various Gundam dressed up as even older consoles: Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive, PC Engine aka Turbografx-16 and two Game Boys.
Looking for a way to charge that NES-style Bluetooth gamepad on the go? Check out Columbus Circle’s external battery, which looks just like the Nintendo Famicom controller. Even though it can’t be used as a controller its buttons appear to be clickable.
Coat your room in nostalgia with Masaaki Enami’s doubly retro wallpaper, which he aptly calls Pixel Cartridge. The wallpaper comes in four panels, each about 67″ wide and 95″ tall, although you can also ask for custom sizes.
While looking at the Star Soldius t-shirt, I stumbled upon another homage to classic video games, and from a Japanese artist as well. It’s a collection of Famicom cartridge pin badges.
Ketchuparts’ collection will consist of 15 pin badges.
Boutique video game shop Analogue Interactive announced that it’s going to release Analogue Nt, a retro console that can play both NES and Famicom cartridges. That’s double the library. Double the dribble. Double the dragon. And probably quintuple the Mario clones.
A few years ago we featured a harmonica crammed into a NES cartridge. YouTuber basami sentaku’s harmonica not only has a Famicom cartridge case, it produces 8-bit sound with the help of a sound chip from a NES.