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DIGGING FOR FAMICOM GAMES - Exploring Arcades


Justin

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Famicom games will work in an NES with the converter found in many early "five screw" NES carts like Gyromite, Ice Climber, etc. Many of these were already released on the Famicom in Japan and in an effort to have lots of nice launch titles for the NES, the Famicom boards were merely stuffed in the American style carts with a converter jammed in between. The converter can be removed (the Famicom board slides right in) and with a bit of hacking, a useable converter can be made with one of those early carts. Not all five screws have them, so be sure to open them up before cutting anything apart. In lieu of trying to open the cart in a shop, weigh it against a standard cart: ones with the converter will be noticibly heavier.

Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.

 

Franz Kafka

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Here's an example from a Canadian 31-in-1 cart I have. The upper board is a Famicom board, which slides into the converter board, on the bottom. The solid black plastic piece in the middle-ish area is the female end of the converter.

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Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.

 

Franz Kafka

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