Category Video Games

Collecting is Like a Hurricane…

I have this weird rule.  I will buy literally ANY Scrooge McDuck merch that I happen across.  This has resulted in my buying literally *several* different things over the past decade.  Scrooge isn’t a terribly popular character in Japan, is what I’m getting at.  Every now and again, I’ll encounter something in the course of […]

Famitsu’s Top Ten Famicom Games

In 2003, Japan’s leading game magazine, Famitsu, published a list of the top 100 Nintendo Family Computer games, as chosen by the fans.  And that list was…controversial, to say the least.  Much as been made of just how strange the list was.  In fact, there’s a whole article on it here. Still, I used this […]

Fukuoka Famicom Fun

If you’re a serious Famicom (or any Japanese video game, really) collector, Tokyo is the place for you.  All (and I do mean ALL) of those hard to find titles show up with almost frightening regularity at second hand game stores.  If Super Potato, Retro Game Camp, Friends, Mandarake, or Friends don’t have what you’re […]

Family King Nintendo Famicom Joystick Review

Today, I’m looking at another Family Computer joystick.  This time, it’s the Family King.  A joystick that boasts an automatic centering system.  This joystick, like the previous entry in the series, was produced by Spital (pronounced Supitaru).  Also like the previous entry, the joystick was released in Type 1 and Type 2 variations.  This is […]

Family Champ Turbo for the Nintendo Famicom Review

The Family Champ Turbo was a joystick peripheral for the Nintendo Family Computer . It was released by a company unfortunately named Spital and it came in two versions. Type 1 makes use of the Famicom’s expansion port. Type 2 plugs into Type 1’s controller. The Family Champ, unlike many other joysticks of the time […]

FC-Mobile Portable Family Computer Clone Review

This a review of To-Conne’s FC Mobile game console. It’s a Family Computer clone (or Famiclone) that gives new life to your Famicom game collection by allowing you to play classic games on the go OR on your television.