American Video Entertainment
Origin USA
Years 1990-92
Consoles NES
First Game  ???
Last Game Maxi 15
Sounds used AVE sound engine
Engines used Various
Published games by AGCI, C&E Inc., EPYX, Michael Crick, Odyssey Software,
Bitmasters, Idea-Tek, Sachen
Related companies Any related companies

American Video Entertainment was a software development company that published unlicensed NES software.

History Edit

AVE was a subsidary of Macronix, an American chip manufacturer who offered to do an NES ROM chip for Nintendo but got turned down. Macronix decided to start offering their ROM chips and a system called NINA (NintendoCompatible) which they patented.

In 1990, AVE was formed by Phil Mikkelson, Fred Hoot, and Richard Frick with a goal to deliver cheaper Nintendo games to consumers while still keeping a high game standard. The company had good relations with Toys R Us and initially did well in game sales.

When Nintendo changed the NES' hardware to lock out unlicensed games, AVE offered a hotline and directions to mod the console to play unlicensed games. AVE, quickly going bankrupt, filed suit on January 7 (or 11), 1991 for $105,000,000 against Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan in the US District Court in San Francisco for having an illegal monopoly and changing their machines so unlicensed cartridges wouldn't work. The case was settled under a secrecy order and, when AVE's products reached Europe, there was very low advertisement and most of the games didn't work on the European NES.

Published Games Edit

Name Console Released Description Cartridge No.
Big Mouth Bass
Cue Stick
Double Strike
Dudes with Attitude
F-15 City War
Krazy Kreatures Famicom 1990
Maxivision 15-in-1 Famicom 1992
Mermaids of Atlantis
Pyramid Famicom 1990
Rad Racket
Tiles of Fate Famicom 1990
Trolls on Treasure Island
Ultimate League Soccer
Venice Beach Volleyball
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang Famicom 1992

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