Family Computer

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Family Computer
ファミリーコンピュータ
Logo
Family Computer Logo.svg
System
Family Computer.png
Developer
Manufacturer
Price
¥14800 ($94.72 USD)
Code
  • HVC-001
  • Units sold
    19.38 million
    CPU
    Media
    Release dates
    Japan
    July 15, 1983
    Hong Kong
    1991
    Taiwan
    1987
    Discontinuation dates
    Japan
    September 25, 2003
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    The Family Computer (ファミリーコンピュータ), commonly abbreviated as Famicom (ファミコン), is a video game console manufactured and released by Nintendo on July 15, 1983. It was Nintendo's second home console after the Color TV-Game series, and retailed for ¥14,800 on release.

    History

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    The Famicom Family logo started appearing on licensed Famicom products in 1988 and acted as the official logo for Famicom products.

    Following the success of arcade games like Donkey Kong and Popeye, Nintendo developed a new home video game system. While Nintendo had previously released the Color TV-Game series of dedicated game consoles, the Famicom was set out to work more like a computer, with cartridges containing programs.

    While the Famicom had a rocky start, with it being surpassed by SEGA's SG-1000 in both software and sales, the Famicom had the support of third parties that developed games for the platform, resulting in a "boom" period in the mid 80's. The Famicom continued to sell well through the late 80's, with large amounts of games releasing every year. During this time, more powerful 16-bit consoles entered the market, such as NEC's PC Engine and SEGA's Mega Drive.

    In the face of declining Famicom sales, Nintendo released the Super Famicom, which continued Nintendo's success in the Japanese video game market. Nintendo officially discontinued support for the Famicom, alongside the Super Famicom in Japan, on September 25, 2003.

    List of software

    See list of Family Computer software

    Gallery