ファミリーベーシック [FAMILY BASIC]

FAMILY BASIC V2

FAMILY BASIC V2
Release: 21st June 1984

FAMILY BASIC V3

FAMILY BASIC V3
Release: 21st February 1985

FAMILY BASIC was a package to allow Famicom users to program their own games in the BASIC programming language. It was accompanied by a textbook on how to write in BASIC and use the utility, as well as the Famicom Keyboard, used to write in BASIC.
A second FAMILY BASIC game (actually the third version developed – the original V1 was never released) came out with some added options. The interface was scaled down to the basics, and some premade games had been added. You could edit the games as well, giving them new sprites or backgrounds. A Tape Recorder was used to save level you make in the edit mode of Wrecking Crew, Excitebike, Mach Rider and Load Runner.

I’ve found a japanese website called “FAMILY BASIC ROOM“, where you can download the manual of V2, but it’s written in japanese. I’ve found the FAMILY BASIC V3 with manual in Japan. There are 4 games, “Heart” (you need the microphone), “Pen Pen Labyrinth” (Penguin Game), “Mario World” and “Star Killer”. I really want to learn to write BASIC. Maybe a little help from my brother? Here’s the sound I picked up from the “Heart” game, which you can try out on NesterJ or VirtualNES by typing the following code:

10 PLAY “M1V2Y1T2:M1V10Y1T2:T2”
20 PLAY “O3E3G#DGDG#DG:01#B5B#AB:R”
30 PLAY “EGO4CO3E:Y2O2#B6E3:O1C5C”
40 PLAY “#GAO4DC:F5#F:#C#C”
50 PLAY “O3B#ABO4A:F3O3DFA:D6F3”
60 PLAY “GO3AO4FO3B:E5DV15:GA#AB”
70 PLAY “#B3GT3FGE1DV12E7:C9:#B5T3GC7”

To play the code, just type RUN and you should get a little polyphonic melody from the “Heart” game. Enjoy and have fun!

Here’s the front cover of the V3:

And the cartridges V2 & V3:

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7 thoughts on “ファミリーベーシック [FAMILY BASIC]

  1. It’s a very huge manual and it takes a lot of time. I have a scanner but no OCR for japanese texts. And I think it can’t be translated so easily with Babelfish Translator. It’s a Sharp BASIC.
    Making sounds is very interesting. In NesterJ or VirtualNES you can use FAMILY BASIC, but you’ll need the roms first. Type “LIST” and you can look into the game codes.

  2. i have this roms and virtualNes but the important is not to make an english translation is to scan it beacuse there isn’t any scan of this manual on the net and i want it.
    there is some error in this review :excitebike was never programmed in basic.the tape recorder was used to save level you make in the edit mode of wrecking crew,excitebike,mach rider and load runner.
    if you want to learn basic you can try MSX BASIC for msx computer (you can found a lot of doc in english about it) and HUBASIC (an advanced version of family basic) for a lot of sharp computers but i never found english doc about it.
    i want to make program for nes.

  3. You’re right. I changed the wrong information I posted.
    By the way, can I use another Tape Recorder than the original one, to save a level design, or a program I write on FAMILY BASIC? I have a Tape Recorder with a counter and, Line In (Write) and Line out (Read). I’ve read on Wikipedia that the original Tape Recorder for the FAMILY BASIC used normal Tape Cassettes.

  4. i dont know but i think it’s possible .
    are you going to make a scan of the manual ?

  5. i don’t know yet, if i have enough time, someday? are you japanese? i want to understand what’s written in the manual. but i’m not a programmer at all. i’m more interested in writing music for famicom, because i’m a musician and of course a nintendo collector.

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