Beside the Nintendo Famicom ROM Cartridge production, customers had the oppurtunity to copy their games for a cheaper price (cost of one copy from 500 JPY up) at the Disk Writer, which was a Do-It-Yourself vending machine. Bigger games were written on both sides (A & B) of the disk, for example “The Legend Of Zelda 1”, so if you wanted to save in Zelda, you had to change the disk to side B. The good thing was that the disks were rewritable, so you could copy another game without buying a new disk, instead you wanted to keep the game of course. To release games on disks are much cheaper than cartridges to make for Nintendo and a disk’s contents can also be changed easily and at low cost to the buyer. And so the Famicom Disk System was born.
Click here to watch the long Famicom Disk System informercial video!
Here’s the official Famicom Disk System commercial:
And here’s a FDS commercial of Super Mario Bros. 2 (also known as “The Lost Levels”, released only on FDS in Japan) & The Legend Of Zelda 1: