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The '''Family Computer''', in Japanese (ファミリーコンピュータ Famiri Konpyuta), but better known as the '''Famicom''' (ファミコン Famikon), is a third generation [[video game console]] developed by [[Nintendo]] and sold in Japan from 1983-07-15 to 2003-09-25 and serviced until 2007-10-31. The Famicom was re-engineered for markets outside of the Asian region as the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]] and, specifically to South Korea, as the Hyundai Comboy (현대 컴보이 Hyeondae Keomboi).
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The Famicom uses a Ricoh 2A03 processor, which is a [[MOS 6502]] modified to eliminate decimal mode (to avoid licensing issues) and include a custom audio processing unit. It also uses a custom video processing chip called the Picture Processing Unit.
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==Status==
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I do not own and have never played a real-life Famicom, but I have played a lot of games through emulators.
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==Differences Between the Famicom and NES==
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The differences between the two consoles are notable enough that I have separate pages for each.
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* The Famicom console was considerably smaller than the NES.
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* The Famicom controllers are smaller than the those for the NES.
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* The console's two controllers were wired into the main unit for the Famicom, while they are removable on the NES.
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* The second-player controller lacks a start and select button and instead features a speaker and microphone, however, very few games used them.
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* Famicom game cartridges used a top-loader design while the NES used a spring-loaded insert design.
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* Famicom cartridges were smaller and had fewer connection pins.
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* Famicom game boxes were originally designed wider than taller, the opposite of NES boxes.
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* The Famicom did not feature the special lock-out chip of the NES.
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==Games==
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: ''See all [[:Category:NES Games|Famicom Games]].''
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These are the Famicom games that are both important to me and distinct enough from their American release to mention:
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<gallery>
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Bionic Commando - NES - Japan.jpg|''[[Bionic Commando (NES)|Hitler's Resurrection: Top Secret]]''
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Contra - NES - Japan.jpg|''[[Contra (NES)|Contra]]''
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Dragon Warrior - NES - Japan.jpg|''[[Dragon Warrior|Dragon Quest]]''
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Goonies - FC - Japan.jpg|''[[The Goonies (Konami)|Goonies]]''
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Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse - NES - Japan.jpg|''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse|Devil's Castle Legend]]''
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Legend of Zelda, The - NES - Japan.jpg|''[[The Legend of Zelda|Legend of Zelda: The Hyrule Fantasy]]''
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Yume Penguin Monogatari - FC - Japan.jpg|''[[Yume Penguin Monogatari]]''
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</gallery>
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==Hardware==
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* [[Famicom 3D System]]
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* [[Famicom Controllers]]
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* [[Famicom Disk System]]
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* [[Famicom Modem]]
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* [[Family BASIC]]
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* [[Zapper|Gun]]
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==Review==
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I don't really know enough about the console to warrant a review at this time.
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==Media==
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===Books===
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I Am Error - Hardcover - USA - 1st Edition.jpg|''[[I Am Error: The Nintendo Family Computer / Entertainment System Platform]]''
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Unofficial NES-Famicom, The - Visual Companion, A.pdf|''The Unofficial NES/Famicom - A Visual Companion''.
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===Videos===
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{{#ev:youtube|EbL9OFlxwV8|256|inline|Computerphile - Q&A with Masayuki Uemura.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|5ugMeN4Zqy4|256|inline|Review, NES Works.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|PKXr_DbqHsU|256|inline|Famicom commercials.|frame}}
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==Links==
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Entertainment_System}}
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/nes/list-games}}
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Nintendo_Entertainment_System}}
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[[Category: Video Game Platforms]]

Latest revision as of 20:58, 28 May 2020

Famicom.

The Family Computer, in Japanese (ファミリーコンピュータ Famiri Konpyuta), but better known as the Famicom (ファミコン Famikon), is a third generation video game console developed by Nintendo and sold in Japan from 1983-07-15 to 2003-09-25 and serviced until 2007-10-31. The Famicom was re-engineered for markets outside of the Asian region as the Nintendo Entertainment System and, specifically to South Korea, as the Hyundai Comboy (현대 컴보이 Hyeondae Keomboi).

The Famicom uses a Ricoh 2A03 processor, which is a MOS 6502 modified to eliminate decimal mode (to avoid licensing issues) and include a custom audio processing unit. It also uses a custom video processing chip called the Picture Processing Unit.

Status

I do not own and have never played a real-life Famicom, but I have played a lot of games through emulators.

Differences Between the Famicom and NES

The differences between the two consoles are notable enough that I have separate pages for each.

  • The Famicom console was considerably smaller than the NES.
  • The Famicom controllers are smaller than the those for the NES.
  • The console's two controllers were wired into the main unit for the Famicom, while they are removable on the NES.
  • The second-player controller lacks a start and select button and instead features a speaker and microphone, however, very few games used them.
  • Famicom game cartridges used a top-loader design while the NES used a spring-loaded insert design.
  • Famicom cartridges were smaller and had fewer connection pins.
  • Famicom game boxes were originally designed wider than taller, the opposite of NES boxes.
  • The Famicom did not feature the special lock-out chip of the NES.

Games

See all Famicom Games.

These are the Famicom games that are both important to me and distinct enough from their American release to mention:

Hardware

Review

I don't really know enough about the console to warrant a review at this time.

Media

Books

Videos

Computerphile - Q&A with Masayuki Uemura.
Review, NES Works.
Famicom commercials.

Links

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