FAMILY BASIC V2
Release: 21st June 1984
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: