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Dendy Junior by Steepler Ltd.. Dendy famiclones are still popular in Eastern Europe, with a lot of related fansites.

A famiclone is a type of clone console compatible with Famicom or NES games (or both, which is rare). As Nintendo's patents on the hardware have expired, it is now legal to sell any famiclone that does not have pirated software built in.

HardwareEdit

PSOne Style Famicom Clone adjusted

A PSOne style famiclone, Play & Power I (similar to a Polystation).

The very earliest famiclones, usually made in Taiwan, were a more or less exact copy of the original hardware, using cloned chips usually manufactured by UMC. However, later famiclones produced since the mid-late 90s usually incorproate the entire system into a single small chip, known as a NES-on-a-chip (NOAC) design, which is much cheaper to produce and much smaller (allowing for more creative and compact console designs) but less faithful recreation of the original console, leading to compatibility problems.

There are also DVD and VCD players, as well as certain portable media players (often marketed as "MP5" players), which can play NES/Famicom games via DVDs, CD-ROMs, or through mass storage media, although they usually contain (often slow) emulators rather than an actual hardware clone. These are more common in the Far East than anywhere else.

VT02/VT03 & OneBusEdit

Shark

Shark, an example of a VT03 game

The OneBus hardware is essentially a modified Famicom, designed by the Taiwanese company VRTech. Its standard OneBus famiclone system is called the VT02. Unlike the Famicom which has seperate banks for the programming and graphics, (named the PRG and CHR banks) the OneBus combines the two, meaning that only one bus is required, hence the name. The VT03 has better graphical capabilities than standard Famicom hardware, allowing for up to 16 colours per graphical tile as opposed to 4. (In both cases, one colour is transparent) There is an emulator for the OneBus called EmuVT, made by JungleTac in 2006 and credited to Wise Wang. There is also a link to a now defunct website.

AppearanceEdit

Pocketfami

PocketFami portable famiclone.

Older famiclones, like the Dendy Junior above, usually looked nearly identical the original Famicom, while newer ones are sometimes designed to resemble a more recent console - famiclones have been modelled after nearly every mainstream post-Famicom console, from the Mega Drive to the PS3, although many original designs have also been created. More recent clones are often self contained within a controller, handheld console or other more specialised hardware (such as a keyboard or dance mat), either with or without a cartridge slot.

SoftwareEdit

Until about 2000, the majority of famiclones with built-in games only included pirated copies of licensed software - often with greatly inflated game counts - with a few notable exceptions; however, after this point some clones began to incorporate games with graphics and music hacked to disguise their origins, and later completely original games. Some of these original games are produced by Waixing or Nice Code Software, such as those on the 8-bit Vii (not to be confused with Kensington/Jungletac's Vii).

List of famiclonesEdit

Home SystemsEdit

  • Beta 5
  • Console TV by Advance Bright Limited - contains hacked games
  • Dendy (Russia, by Steepler Ltd.)
    • Dendy/Dendy Classic - Rebranded Micro Genius IQ-501
    • Dendy Classic II - Rebranded Micro Genius IQ-701
    • Dendy Junior - Unknown Micro Genius?
    • Dendy Junior II
    • Dendy 2/Dendy 8 - Not produced by Steepler, uses MegaDrive layouts.
  • Generation NEX (Plays both NES and Famicom carts, supposedly VT03 compatible)
  • Golden China (South Africa)
  • Good Boy
  • Family Boy/Famikon Yarou series
  • FC Game Console - AKA Neo Fami (Both 60 and 72 pin version) - by Qi Sheng Long, distributed by Gametech (Japan)/Yobo (USA)
  • Magistr series - Russia, by New Game.
  • Micro Genius series (Worldwide, sold under different names in some countries)
  • N-Joypad - fake CD-based system by Advance Bright Limited
  • NASA Entertainment Computer System - both 60 & 72 pin slots [1]
  • Newtendo Super Famcom
  • Nichiman (Colombia) (Rebranded Micro Genius)
  • Pegasus (Poland, by Bobmark International)
    • Pegasus MT777DX (Similar to Famicom)
    • Pegasus IQ-502 (More modern design, with round controllers resembling the ones used in SNES - rebranded Micro Genius)
  • Phantom System – Made in Brazil by Gradiente
  • Play & Power I
  • Polystation
    • Polystation 64: The Power Machine
    • Polystation II
    • Polystation III
    • Polystation III Super Soccer system
    • Kombat-8
    • Dendy 3 - Not produced by Steepler
  • PS-Kid - By Cheer-Tech [2]
  • Retrocon - by Blaze [3]
  • Subor (Various models - from China, related to Waixing, often sold in Russia)
    • some versions of Subor's iSports can play Famicom games, including the UK version under iTek brand
  • Top Game – Models VG-8000 and VG-9000 (dual slot), Made in Brazil by CCE
  • Ultra 8 Bit AKA Arcade Action
    • Mega Arcade Action/Arcade Action 2 (OneBus based, 101 in 1 cart with hacked games + one original)
  • Vii (8-bit version) (China) - by Sinango : Power King/Xinan Industry Co., Ltd [4]

Licensed by NintendoEdit

  • Comboy (South Korea, made by Hyundai)
  • Sharp Famicom Titler - The system was the only consumer-level Famicom to generate RGB output. It was also notable for being able to generate subtitles for video footage.
  • Sharp Famicom TV - Released in North America as the Sharp Nintendo Television.
  • Sharp Twin Famicom

Multi-systemEdit

These are compatible with more than one console's cartridges, and are particularly popular in the US but have seen limited release elsewhere (so are usually found with 72-pin NES ports rather than 60-pin Famicom ones).

  • FC 3 Plus - NES/Famicom + SNES/Super Famicom + Mega Drive/Genesis (+ "G-Factor", Qi Sheng Long's cartridges)
  • FC Twin Video Game System - NES/Famicom + SNES/Super Famicom
  • GN Twin - NES/Famicom + Mega Drive/Genesis
  • Retro Duo - NES/Famicom + SNES/Super Famicom
  • RetroN 3 - NES/Famicom + SNES/Super Famicom + Mega Drive/Genesis

Lock-onEdit

These use another console for display & controls.

Portable SystemsEdit

  • CoolBoy - The name of various different handheld systems created by Subor/Waixing, including:
    • Standard Famicom cart version - also known as FC Mobile, Famizero Portable, Poke Boy [5] and distributed by New Game (Company) as Dendy Megaboy. A 72-pin NES version was released by Hyperkin in the US under the FC Mobile name.
    • Proprietary cart version - uses small carts resembling the GBA's. Some contain Waixing/Nice Code games, others pirate Famicom games.
      • 2PG - Compatible console resembling a PSP
  • FC-Portable [6] [7] by Qi Sheng Long [8]
  • FC Mobile II - includes a gun and two wireless controllers. Both 72 & 60 pin versions available, made by Qi Sheng Long. Also known as PokeFami in Japan (not to be confused with the PocketFami, which is also called "PokeFami" in Japanese) [9]
  • GameAxe
  • GameKing III (by Timetop, there's a non-NES clone console with the same name. GameKing I and II also exist, but these play proprietary games similar to those on the Game Boy).
  • Game Theory Admiral
  • Gamespower 50 - by Jungletac
  • GB Station Light
  • Pocket Boy FC-360 [10]
  • PocketFami (AKA PokeFami, by Gametech, distributed in the UK by Blaze)
  • VG Pocket Max by JungleTac

Lock-onEdit

These use another handheld for a display.

  • AdFami (aka GBA Time Machine) - for the GBA, by Gametech
  • Famulator Lite - for the DS Lite, by Cyber Gadget
  • Handy FamiEight - for the GBA SP, by Dragon

Multi-systemEdit

Hybrid systemsEdit

These play Famicom games on a TV but have a built in LCD "brick game" for portable play.

  • Polystation Advance
  • Power Joy series - by Trump Grand:
    • Power Joy Voyager
    • Power Joy III

Controller based systemsEdit

Standard controllersEdit

With Built-in LightgunEdit

  • GunBoy by Advance Bright Limited
    • Twin LightBlaster Joypad - Shaped like GunBoy, built-in hacks and a cartridge slot.
  • Power Joy series - Manufactured by Trump Grand
    • Power Joy/Power Joy II - 10 hacks built-in, only included cartridge differs.
    • Power Joy Supermax - 60+30 game cartridges included, OneBus-based.
  • Gun Fighter - Same shape as the GunBoy, except it's blue instead of red. Includes 64 games, which are a mixture of hacks, official Famicom games and Nice Code originals. Distributed by Tevion Gaming.

JoysticksEdit

Steering wheelsEdit

  • Venturer Super Start all-in-one

Dance matsEdit

KeyboardsEdit

Miscellaneous/uncategorisedEdit

  • ABC 999
  • AB Standard 8 bit
  • Action+Super 6
  • Advance Bright TV Arcade
  • Advance Boy
  • Asahi VCD
  • Atari Flashback 1 (games ported to run on a NOAC)
  • Batman (Not the superhero, TV show, movie series or NES game of the same name)
  • BitSystem - Made in Brazil by Dismac
  • Brightech FCCP03
  • Combook
  • Computer and game LT-906
  • Computer Game
  • Console TV Challenge by Advance Bright Limited
  • Cosmos
  • CrazyBoy Gaming System
  • Creation (Found in Pakistan & India - Made in China)
  • CyFrog (South Korea)
  • Dance Station
  • Double Dragon (Not the video game of the same name)
  • Dr. Boy
  • Dynavision II, III and IV - Made in Brazil by Dynacom (Dynavision I was an Atari 2600 clone)
  • Elevator Action (Not the video game of the same name)
  • Ending Man JJ-80-50
  • Entertainment Computer System
  • Extreme Box
  • Family FR Series
  • Family Game
  • Family Game Selection set
  • Fengali Game Station AV 620
  • Flashback
  • Funstation
  • Game Player
  • Gamars
  • Gamax
  • Game Corner Funmachine
  • GameStar
  • Game Player
  • Game Sporz Tennis Game
  • Game Zone 118
  • Geniecom
  • Handyvision – Made in Brazil by Dynacom
  • Hi-Top Game
  • Home Computer System Power Game
  • King Game III
  • Kenga (Russia, 90s)
  • Kontorland (Turkey, 1990s)
  • kX-140 (Unknown Date and Nation, can be buyed only in Italy)
  • Liko KL-235
  • Little Master (India, 1990s)
  • Mastergames 9000
  • Mastergames Ending Man
  • Mastergames Mega Power II
  • Media - Range of consoles marketed in India
  • Mega Power
  • Mega Power 2
  • Mega Racer
  • Mega Volante
  • Megason
  • Megatronix Console Compatta
  • Megaplay
  • Millennium Arcade 3d
  • MK X Super Action set
  • NES Video Game System
  • Nikita
  • Open-1
  • Opera AV Station
  • Panther
  • PC Game (Brazil)
  • PCStation
  • PlayPower (I & II)
  • Playerstation
  • Poly X Box es338
  • Power Games
  • Prima
  • PS2 SLIM TV Game - Resembles the PS2 Slim.
  • Quasar Neon Boy
  • Red Star Polystation
  • Red Star Super Smart Genius
  • Ringo (Not the Beatle with the same name)
  • Samurai 2000 Fun Grizzler
  • Samurai Micro genius
  • Selection SZ 100
  • Sinostar V Racing Station
  • Slim 2
  • Smart Computer Pro
  • Soccer 98
  • Soccer Station
  • Spica
  • Star Trek (Not the TV show of the same name)
  • Super Action Set
  • Super Com 60 (FC version)
  • Super Com 72 (NES version)
  • Super Magic Star
  • Super Megason
  • Super Ufo Lp-6000
  • TeleGameStation
  • Terminator 1, 2 and 3
  • Terminator 7
  • Turbo Game – Made in Brazil by CCE
  • TV Entertainment game
  • UFO A500 II
  • Video Vs. Maxx
  • Virtual Player
  • Winner (video game system)
  • Wireless Xtreme TV game - Made by Digitron, resembles the wii.
  • WizKid (India, 1990s)
  • XA-76-1E
  • X-GAME 360 - Resembles an Xbox 360.
  • Z-first Super action set
  • Z-Station 220, 228 and 400
  • Zhiliton (Former USSR)
  • Zhong Tian 3
  • Zoom Tech

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