Nintendo Family Computer

After the Video Game Crash of 1983 – spurred on by poorly made games, and an overabundance of different consoles – the general public was wary of video games in general, many stores outright refused to sell consoles. This was much less of a problem in Japan, where Nintendo had released its Family Computer, or 'Famicom' for short. The console (after a brief recall due to a bad chipset) was a hit, having sold 2.5 million systems by 1984. The Famicom was the beginning of a new era. It would go on to be the best selling game system of its time, despite having two permanently connected controllers, and helped to revitalize the damaged US video game market with its slightly modified Nintendo Entertainment System.

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Jun. 15, 1983

Basic Specs

Controller connection Wired
Game media Cartridge

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias FC, Famicom
Hardware
Color Red / White
Exterior surface Glossy
Performance
CPU brand Ricoh
CPU model RP2A03G
CPU speed 1.79 MHz
GPU brand Ricoh
GPU model RP2A02G-0
GPU ram 2 KB
RAM 2 KB
Ports
Audio / Video output Unspecified
Physical controller port(s) 0
Controller connection Wired
Expansion slot Yes
Software
Game media Cartridge
Power
Power supply Integrated
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