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This is an officially redesigned NES
released by Nintendo of America around the time of the SNES' introduction into the market, presumably so the old boxy NES wouldn't look 'old hat'. Actually I think its kinda ugly, but the redesigned pad in much better. Note the fact that the cartridges are top-loading like in the SNES not in a tray like the old NES, however – note also the sad lack of an eject button. A friend of mine has one of these in his collection and says that the carts are hard to remove once inserted. Although this WAS released in the States, many shops didn't buy stock (including Toys R Us) because they still had old NES stock they were having trouble shifting. Select Funcolands still sell a few remaining new ones I believe.
Number 2: This is not so much a new console as an add-on for the NES by Camerica. They deduced that the reason cartridges were so expensive was because of the graphics ram chips and battery/flash saves in each one, which was identical every time, and actually unnecessary. Therefore this Add-on called the Aladdin
was basically a ram chip – allowing physically smaller cartridges containing only ROMS to be produced, which were then sold for far cheaper – around $14 each. It was a great idea, but unfortunately came out a little late in the life of the NES to really make an impact. Only 6 games were commercially released for it, including Dizzy the Adventurer, Fantastic Dizzy, Linus Spacehead (Cosmic on other systems) Micro Machines, and Bignose the Caveman. 14 other games were developed but never released as Camerica went but and Codemasters pulled out of the States.
This is an un-official games machine named RAMBO
made at the release of SNES. It is quite clearly trying to look like a Japanese SNES (Super Famicom). However, actually it plays NES cartridges. The biggest giveaway that this is not 16-bit is probably the inclusion of a light-gun. No light guns were released until much further into the life of the SNES, but the Zapper gun for NES Duck Hunt was very popular at the time. However, the use of SNES style pads to play NES games is cool. I am not sure whether the additional 2 buttons on the pads are actually used, maybe as turbos, or maybe just repeats.
Even cheekier, this beauty, labeled Nevica
would have been sold in Asian markets as knocked off Nintendo 64s. I can remember the release of the N64 and there was mass hysteria. Just imagine a big Nintendo fan shelling out wads of cash for this and getting it home, only to find the game supplied contains NES roms he/she already owns! However, years down the line, from a collectors point of view, this is a cool novelty I would love to own. I don't know if it came with N64 styled NES controllers – that would be coool. If you look carefully at the front of the unit there are 4 NES style joypad inputs. Not many games supported 4 players, but a NES multitap WAS available, so maybe all four of these inputs would have been functional. Again, another good reason to own one.
This is called the GameAxe Color
, and is essentially a portable NES (similar in design both inside and out to Sega's Gamegear, essentially a portable MasterSystem), with a nice LCD screen, with a backlight that could be turned on and off! This is very cool in itself, so its a shame it is trying to pretend its a portable SNES – just look at the 16-bit mock screen shot, and 4 control buttons. This would be near the top of my wishlist, if it wasn't for number 15, but I'll get to that later.
This looks VERY much like a PS1 but probably wouldn't have fooled many gamers as A: There was no logo in the center of the system, B: No new PS models came with non-analogue controllers, and C: No PS has ever been packaged with a light gun as far as I know, and if it was it would have been with a Namco G-con. However from a NES collectors point of view this is darned cool. The 'CD' tray opens with the eject button and a cartridge can be slotted into the top! Plus playing NES games with a PS controller must be a unique experience, if with a stupid amount of redundant buttons. This is actually called a Polystation III
A while back there was a Rare but prized console called the Sega MultiMega. It was essentially a unit that played MegaCD and Megadrive games, and was also upgradable to play 32X carts. This system, named the S-500
looks like it was meant to be a fake one. It actually played NES games – are you starting to see a trend? Lol It occurs to me as strange that manufacturers of fake consoles after a quick buck would do just as well to sell empty cases, not ones that contain old hardware, but hey maybe it was a semi legal issue? It is worth noting that the prototype Multimega was also named Sega 500, so maybe the s-500 name would have fooled some people in the know.
This WOULD be a more convincing Playstation, with a G-Con like gun were it not for the obvious joypad discrepancies – Its actually called a FunStation
and weirdly comes in an N64 Box with a Playstation on the front! Again it actually plays NES games.
Wow is it me or is this a really nicely designed cool bit of kit? Look at the gun! Its called a Kewterland Personal Education Computer
. I would love to know if the Keyboard is functional, maybe as a basic word processor or whether it was just there to make this look like more of a bargain than it actually was
Basically again this is a NES, the cartridge slots into the keyboard. I'd love to play Duck-hunt with that gun
as it is called is just another NES clone – unremarkable till you notice that the joypad ports have actually been reshaped to long snes style ones! Weird, considering the Megadrive/Genesis II style Six button pad.
This is obviously a black-market Megadrive/Genesis II rip-off, but again it plays NES games. The Name is damn strange tho, its called the Famicom Winner
, (Famicom being the Asian name for NES) surely this made it an obvious forgery?
Now this IS coooool. Its a dual machine, running a PC/DOS system with an 8086 or 80286 processor, which also played NES games. Kinda like the Amstrad Megadrive 386 PC of old. This made it to tradeshows but was never released to shops. Its beta name was DuoFC
with the FC presumably standing either for Famicom, or Family Computer, which is where the name was derived from anyway.
You'll notice that the base unit looks much like a NES, but this is actually top-loading! It has 4 button pads, but only the bottom 2 function. Its cutely known as a MES
, Microgen Entertainmnet System.
This UGLY console is called a MasterGameSystem
and looks a little like an original Master System, painted white. Maybe this was a (reaaally old) Black market copy masquerading as a MS before they were actually released. In fact, it plays (altogether now!) NES games :p
This cool bit of kit is called the TopGuy
. Its it an ugly Mastersystem Style Box, with a frankly scary green character thingy, but its actually really sweet. Like number 5 its a portable NES with a switchable backlight (Nintendo STILL haven't added this to the GBA grr) with the weird novelty of a WIRELESS connection to a portable TV, so you can play on the move, or on the big screen. It also has a port in the back to plug in a second joypad, or potentially a light gun! The worlds first lightgame on a portable machine?
Horrid looking machine but the Micro Genius IQ-901
(Many similar practically identical models were also released) is notable for one reason.The machine is actually contained in the joypad, which then plugs straight in2 the TV! Weird but kinda quality
Finally, this is called a Mac-Go!
and looks suspiciously like an early Apple Mac Keyboard. Were they trying to kid on this was a portable Mac that could plug straight into the TV? Either way this was actually a NES, and the keyboard was non functional, except for the arrow and Alt/Ctrl Keys for playing! Almost like playing through an Emulator on PC then
As you've gathered by now, the connection was they were all running on Nintendo's 8-bit Famicom/NES technologies. The Majority of the Unnofficial Asian consoles were made by a company called Supervision, who also made pirate NES cartridges. They made one which actually contained a massive ROM, with 350 full games on it! For anyone interested, this snippet contains the full 350 games
Dig Dug 2
King Kong JR
King Kong SR
Dig Dug 1
M Gun Beret
S Gun Marin
GP 500 CC
GP 750 CC
F Gun Marine
GP 1000 CC
L Gun Marine
GP 1200 CC
1991 AD Tank
M Gun Marine
Pig and Wolf
Ayako 1 2 3
Any games there you haven't heard of are probably hacks - Luigi bros from example is just Mario Bros with different sprites.
The interesting thing about the Supervision company is that their products were always very high quality - properly boxed, good plastic, even manuals included! Eventually they actually released an official console, known as the SuperVision in the USA and released in the UK by QuikShot, the joystick guys. It was actually a really cool competitior for Nintendo's Gameboy, with a Big and clearer screen, more RAM, better sound and bigger buttons! I bought one of these in 1990 rather than a Gameboy, the selling point for me being that the games were only £9.99 and consisted of mostly cool puzzle games and 2d shooters. Unfortunately the console failed, after about 60 games released in th US, and 30 over here. There were 2 models, one that looked kinda like a GBP and one with a cool bendable middle portion to avoid screen glare and make table top gaming easier
Below is a pic of this, and the 350 game cart.
Hope you've found this at least partially interesting! I love weird retro gaming stuff (if u can't tell lol
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