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Power Joy Classic TV Game
PowerJoy
Release date 2001
Manufacturer Trump Grand
System Famiclone
Included games 10 (built-in), 84 (PJ-008 cart), 64 (PJ-001 cart)
Game developer(s) Nintendo
Alternate name(s) Power Joy, Power Joy II
The Power Joy Classic TV Game console (commonly known as the Power Joy) is an unauthorized Famiclone manufactured by Trump Grand. It was sold in the UK and North America. The system resembles a Nintendo 64 controller, and the second player's controller shares many similarities with a PlayStation controller. It is the predecessor of the infamous Power Player Super Joy III.

The console was first known to be sold in 2001,[1], but variants are still produced by Trump Grand to this day.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The consoles came with a Famicom multicart and 10 built-in games, mostly graphical hacks of NES games utilizing the NES Zapper.

Two different versions of the cartridge exist, a "PJ-008" 84-in-1 version and a "PJ-001" 64-in-1 version. The version with the PJ-008 cartridge was marketed as the "Power Joy II", but the "II" never appeared on the packaging or the console itself. Most of the included games are pirated NES/Famicom games, and as usual for pirate cartridges, the company logos and copyright details were removed.

The game selections on each cartridge are similar, although the PJ-001 contains some repeats. There are also two known variations of the PJ-008 cartridge with a slightly different selection of games despite the identical label and product number.

The console was first manufactured around 2001, and its UK distributors claimed over 1 million sold by 2004.[3] However, the Power Player Super Joy III was much more ubiquitous in North America.

Technical aspectsEdit

  • The player 1 controller features a cartridge slot that supports most cartridges designed for the Famicom.
  • Most have a battery pack. It takes 4 AA batteries, which are not packaged with the console.
  • It comes with an AC adapter (center-negative DC9V mA350).
  • It has composite and audio outputs.
  • It is able to run unlicensed NES/Famicom games.
  • It only comes in one color (white).

Unit aspectsEdit

  • The player 1 controller resembles a Nintendo 64 controller with a cartridge slot for most Famicom games.
  • It comes packaged with a second controller. It has a similar button layout to a standard Playstation controller.
  • The first controller has a light gun built into it. The trigger is the shoot button.
  • Unlike its successor, the joystick on the first controller is functional.
  • Although the Power Joy's button layout is identical to that of the Nintendo 64 controller, the buttons have been mapped differently. The C buttons of the N64's controller function as A and B on the Power Joy, the A and B buttons of the N64's controller are Start and Select on the Power Joy, respectively. Finally, the N64 controller's Start button is the Reset button on the Power Joy.
  • It can run off of a 9V battery (negative tip) or 4 AA cells.

SuccessorsEdit

A number of other consoles were released in the Power Joy line following the original unit. These include:

  • Power Joy III aka Power Joy Crusader - featured an LCD "brick game" built into the controller
  • Power Joy Supermax - similar to the original, but with built-in rumble and 90 original games included
  • Power Joy Navigator - joystick-based with 50 original games, released in both wired and wireless versions
  • Power Joy Solo
  • Power Joy Turbo Racer
  • Power Joy Streamline
  • Power Joy Voyager

Trump Grand still uses the brand name "Power Joy" on many of its current products.

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