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News: How Nintendo Manufactured the Famicom on the Cheap

How Nintendo Manufactured the Famicom on the Cheap

Recently revealed report hints at Scrooge-like attitude

As we all know, the Nintendo Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES, in case you were wondering) was pretty damn successful back in the day. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to state that the machine practically created the modern console market - certainly in Japan, at least. Nintendo made a considerable amount of cash off the back of..

News: Read About the Birth of the Famicom in Latest Iwata Asks

Read About the Birth of the Famicom in Latest Iwata Asks

Go right back to the start

Nintendo's Famicom is a piece of gaming history. The company's first cartridge-based gaming system, it set the revitalised the industry and set the standard for what was to follow. Satoru Iwata sat down with two of Nintendo's behind-the-scenes heroes for his latest "Iwata Asks" feature: R&D advisor Masayuki Uemura and former manager of the Corporate..

Nintendo Download: 5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

October begins with Virtual Console and DSiWare

WiiWare's alternating weeks continue, but at least there's the Virtual Console to keep Wii owners happy – even better when the releases include classic arcade games! The DSi has a trio of actual games for a change with nary a lifestyle download in sight. Virtual ConsoleCommando (800pts Arcade, Capcom) – This is the first VCA release from Capcom..

News: Developers Make Famicom Games from Unreal Famicom Cartridges

Developers Make Famicom Games from Unreal Famicom Cartridges

It'll make sense soon

You might remember a story back in May about a Japanese art project where artists created fictitious Famicom cartridges to display their work. Here we are, three months later, bringing you news that some enterprising developers took the cartridges as inspiration to create games. Taking in cat-touching adventure Neco Touch, sloth simulator Namakemono – translated as..

News: Start Saving as Famicom Box Surfaces on eBay

Start Saving as Famicom Box Surfaces on eBay

Rare machine up for grabs

Back in 1980s Japan, Nintendo's Famicom was doing the business, but the company wanted to get more gamers to experience what it could offer. The answer was the FamicomBox, a machine used by retailers to allow customers to try out a selection of Famicom games, with some models even featuring a coin slot to allow gamers to pay and play. Never released outside of Japan, a..

News: Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

Famicase project shows off 2010 line-up

The humble Famicom cartridge may not seem like the perfect canvas on which to create art, but every year Japanese game shop Meter hosts Famicase, a project aiming to prove just the opposite. Artists are asked to create artwork for a fictitious game and display it on a Famicom cart, and predictably the results range from the brilliant to the bizarre. If you're..

News: Samurai Warriors 3 to Feature a Nazo no Murasamejou Mode

Samurai Warriors 3 to Feature a Nazo no Murasamejou Mode

Koei's latest Warriors game is Wii-exclusive and includes a Nintendo-related bonus mode.

If you're not familiar with Koei's popular franchise you shouldn't be too surprised - The only game released on a Nintendo platform, Samurai Warriors: Katana, was a spin-off which was not that well received. All is forgiven with Koei's latest announcement however - The newest game in the series, Samurai..

News: Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

Fifty-eight artists and designers craft imaginary Famicom game carts

The art on game boxes and carts from the 8-bit era was generally pretty crap. A lot of it is still crap today, but back then gaming was still considered largely a kid's thing so people gave even less of a **** on whether or not the box art looked good. Japanese retro games shop Meteor is behind the My Famicase exhibition, which..

News: Stupidly Cool Portable Famicom Mod Surfaces

Stupidly Cool Portable Famicom Mod Surfaces

Shame we don’t know how to use a soldering iron...

The stuff these crazy modders seem to dream up never fails to surprise us, and this latest endeavour is totally off the chart in terms of sheer genius. Modder ‘goteking’ has taken a business card holder shaped like a Famicom cartridge and skillfully inserted a media player with a Famicom emulator installed. The result? Portable pleasure and..

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