First i wish a very merry crimble happy new year to all of you guys reading my first post in 2007!
Well I know, since you’ve got finally your new Wii (including me), and you’ve downloaded and purchased just the legendary first Super Mario game from the Wii-Chanel, you don’t need to connect your old and dusty NES or Famicom console anymore. Except you realized the difference between the original and the Virtual Game Console emulation. So better let’s head back to the roots.
The Nintendo Family Computer, better known as Famicom, released 1983 in Japan, is still one of my favourite consoles.
Here’s the boxart:
Comparing to the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was actually the same console, but released later, the Famicom design was much prettier and smaller. Also the Famicom cartridges were half the size of the NES. If you open a NES cartridge, then you see that the ROM chip isn’t bigger, except you have an old “Stack-Up” or “Gyromite” cartridge with a Famicom converter inside). For my opinion the NES outfit design is extremely oversized!
I have an original but broken Famicom at home. Because Nintendo doesn’t sell Famicom consoles anymore I bought a little Neo Fami in Japan, a Famicom clone from Gametech, which is even a little smaller than the original Famicom from Nintendo.
It’s a NTSC model, so all games run at full speed. It comes with AV cables, so you don’t need any RF switch. The Famicom Disk System is compatible as well. I collected 46 original cartridges in Japan and got a 101 game cartridge from a strange PAL Famicom clone called “MebeTeck TV-Game“. Don’t buy that one, it doesn’t run the games at full speed. Or have you ever seen PAL Famicom game cartridges? If so, then you mean the big ones for the Nintendo Entertainment System, right?