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Famicom and Disk System

Postby Carlos » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:53 am

So I've been looking into picking up a Famicom and the Disk System to go with it. I've been doing a little research on it, but I'm having a hard time finding a list of good games for it that aren't pretty much the same as the NES version. Anyone have any suggestions or am I better off sticking with the NES instead of both?

As far as games go, I don't really care what genre or type as long as it's fun and doesn't require an excessive amount of Japanese translating, but I'm open if there's a translation guide, heh.

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Re: Famicom and Disk System

Postby HiddenGremlin » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:27 pm

You definitely need to start playing the famicom, its is so great.

My list of beginners games:

Getsufuu Maden - Feels like Zelda mixed with Mario 2
Dragon No Tsubusa - Adventure Game kind of has a feel of Kung Fu; but way better
Ikki - Quest game, has a Zelda feel to it.
Argus - Space Ship game, like Galaga meets Asteroids
Yie Ar Kung-Fu - Kind of like Mortal Kombat
Splatterhouse Wanpaku Grafitti - This is a must have for any Famicom player; a prequel to the Arcade game of Splatterhouse also a prequel to the Turbo Grafx-16 version.
Recca - Recommended, very very fun.
Mother - One of the best famicom games ever, its an adventure; survival possessed game.
Tower of Druaga - A Maze like game combined with Bomberman feel.
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Circus Charlie


But there are tons more that I have never played, so I imagine many more games of fun exist on Famicom that never existed on NES.
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Re: Famicom and Disk System

Postby Carlos » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:37 pm

Appreciate the info. Thanks man. :)
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Postby HiddenGremlin » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:44 pm

No problem, you will grow to love the Famicom. Its a masterpiece of 80's Japanese gaming tech.
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Re: Famicom and Disk System

Postby Rob » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:00 pm

My problem is that I have two famicoms and neither of them work. I have a few games that came bundled with them and I'm not sure what they are.

Is there a common "bug" on these consoles, like on the NES Toaster where the 72-pin is always glitching?

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Postby HiddenGremlin » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:07 pm

Rob wrote:My problem is that I have two famicoms and neither of them work. I have a few games that came bundled with them and I'm not sure what they are.

Is there a common "bug" on these consoles, like on the NES Toaster where the 72-pin is always glitching?


No, they dont have lockout chips or problems with the connectors.
You need to set your television to channel 95, and make sure never to use AC power, only DC 9v which is why the system wont work for many people.
If you use a NES power adapter on the famicom, its dead for good; NES uses AC 9v instead of Famicom DC 9v. But NES rf switches work excellent with Famicom.

Japanese televisions work on a different frequency then ours do, channel 1 on the back of your Famicom with channel 95 on your television. They call Channel 95, the Famicom Channel.
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Postby Zap! » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:08 pm

Topic moved to the newly created imports!
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Postby Carlos » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:26 pm

Ter Micharoni wrote:Topic moved to the newly created imports!


Cool man. Thanks.
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Postby HiddenGremlin » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:58 pm

SegaBoy wrote:
Ter Micharoni wrote:Topic moved to the newly created imports!


Cool man. Thanks.

I agree, a section for imports was a grand idea.
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Postby Zap! » Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:43 am

HiddenGremlin wrote:No problem, you will grow to love the Famicom. Its a masterpiece of 80's Japanese gaming tech.


Do you like it better than the PC Engine? That a tough one.
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Postby HiddenGremlin » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:54 am

Ter wrote:
HiddenGremlin wrote:No problem, you will grow to love the Famicom. Its a masterpiece of 80's Japanese gaming tech.


Do you like it better than the PC Engine? That a tough one.

They are closely matched, I am not sure. Its a good question though.
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Postby Zap! » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:32 am

HiddenGremlin wrote:
Ter wrote:
HiddenGremlin wrote:No problem, you will grow to love the Famicom. Its a masterpiece of 80's Japanese gaming tech.


Do you like it better than the PC Engine? That a tough one.

They are closely matched, I am not sure. Its a good question though.


I'm missing out on a lot. I never played any Famicom or PC Engine exclusives. I heard there were tons. With the PCE, a lot of great games never made it due to licensing problems (Nintendo exclusively contracts). Very sad what Nintendo did at the time.
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Postby Rob » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:44 pm

I think their intent (Nintendo's) was noble in the beginning, to try to avoid the shovelware that ruined the whole industry just a few short years prior. But then, like labor unions, :flipoff: they got greedy and tried to monopolize the games industry in the US. Really, they were like the Mafia in their tactics, and a lot of people are oblivious to the fact that they've been found guilty of anti-trust laws several times.

I also hate the Nazi-ish censorship so rampant in their games. A lot of the Famicom titles never showed up here for two reasons: 1. Content 2. Difficulty. Nintendo sold us short by not allowing games like the original SMB2 or Final Fantasy games to be released in their original format. But their censorship of certain themes was downright laughable at times.

I lost my faith in Nintendo when they went from being "family friendly" to allowing crap like "Conker's Bad Fur Day" to come out on their systems. I'm all for M-rated games, but Nintendo still bills itself as the family friendly console but puts stuff like "Manhunt 2" or "BMX XXX" on their systems. That's two faced, especially from a company that wouldn't allow the image of a crucifix in any of the Castlevania games for fear of rocking the boat.

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Postby ckendal » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:21 pm

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https://www.famicomshop.com/

We are based in the US and ship worldwide. Currently we have 3 Twin Famicoms and a ton of Famicom and Disk System games. We also have Handbills/Flyers and Accessories.

Please don't hesitate to PM me or email me at carl@famicomshop.com with any questions.

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Re: Famicom and Disk System

Postby hoaryhag » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:02 am

Thanks for the info hiddengremlin.

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Postby HiddenGremlin » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:01 pm

No problem, hoaryhag.
I am a big fan of Famicom, and would like to see more people take an interest.
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Postby Zap! » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:04 am

HiddenGremlin wrote:No problem, hoaryhag.
I am a big fan of Famicom, and would like to see more people take an interest.


Is there any way to modify the Disk System to work on a US NES? I know the Famicom carts will work on a NES with the Honeybee adapter.
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Re: Famicom and Disk System

Postby HiddenGremlin » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:51 am

Ter wrote:
HiddenGremlin wrote:No problem, hoaryhag.
I am a big fan of Famicom, and would like to see more people take an interest.


Is there any way to modify the Disk System to work on a US NES? I know the Famicom carts will work on a NES with the Honeybee adapter.


Yes. Its easier to do on an official NES-101 Toploader but also can be done on the original NES-001 with a Game Genie with a Honeybee Adapter attached and the Ram drive ontop of those 2, likely you would have to put the NES on its side with the hatch facing upright.

The Toploader is easier, just attach a Honeybee Adapter and then the Ram drive to the adapter and your good to go.

See, fortunately they added the same verifications in the official NES systems because originally they intended to make a disk system for the NES thats why it has a bottom expansion port... unfortunately that never happened.


Clones dont have the proper coding to send to a Disk system, so you cannot use a clone... only a NES-001, NES-101, Famicom, AV Famicom, and Twin Famicom will load the disk system without a device error.
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