Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) Consoles
Our famicom consoles for sale are tested, cleaned and ready to play. The Nintendo Family Computer, or Famicom, designed by Masayuki Uemura, debuted in Japan on July 15, 1983. The Famicom is an 8-bit graphics system that became one of the best selling video game console of the 80's. Three games were released simultaneously with the Famicom: Popeye, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.
The Famicom is a top-loading, cartridge-based game system that is really built to last. As I collect these and literally spend hours testing out (uh... playing Lode Runner and Ice Climber!) old games in these systems, it amazes me how reliable and bullet-proof the Famicom is. They clean up well and usually, they "just work".
The main peripheral for the Family Computer was the Famicom Disk System, which was available only in Japan that stored games on "disk cards" which look similar to 3.5" floppy disks. Other peripherals included the Famicom Modem, again, only available in Japan.
The Famicom controllers are hardwired in to the system and have a microphone built in, though not many games made use of the mic. Later controllers included a volume slider.
Game Cartridges are 60 pin. Famicom games were made by Nintendo,and also by third party manufacturers like Konami, Capcom, Namco, Bandai, Taito, IREM, Jaleco, Sunsoft and Hudson Soft. Super Famicom switched to 72-pin cartridges.
Why I love the famicom:
- Bullet proof: plug a game in, turn it on and it works.
- Famicoms tend to clean up well
- Games load almost instantly
- I love the arcade feel to these games. The games are easy to play and the good ones satisfy my retro-game arcade addiction like nothing else.
- No lockout circuitry. Modders and game cart hackers: let the party begin! Unlicensed games can be played on the Famicom. (Note: the NES does have lockout circuitry)
- Short, hard-wired controllers
- Rf connection to tv. (But I considered adding this to the "Why I love the Famicom" list. Plugging in the Rf connection gives me that retro gamer grin every time.)
Nintendo AV Famicom Consoles (HVC-101)
Sharp Twin Famicom
Famicom Disk System
Family Basic (HVC-007)