FamicomBox

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Not to be confused with the BIOS of this unit.

ROMIcon.png FamicomBox
FamicomBox.jpg
FamicomBox unit with 15 games inserted, with a "NES" controller.
Manufacturer(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) Japan 1986
CPU(s) Ricoh N2A03
Sound chip(s) NES APU
Music section NES


FamicomBox (ja:ファミコンボックス) MAME 0.152 ROM famibox is a Hotel unit of the Family Computer made by Nintendo, released at 1986 only in Japan. The FamicomBox is the opposite unit of the M82 in country terms. The FamicomBox can hold up to 15 Famicom games stored in a NES-style cartridge (it even have the Nintendo Entertainment System phrase on their cartridges!). However, FamicomBox carts are incomaptible with NES/Famicom systems and vice-versa, due to extra data required that the FamicomBox needs to play it. A FamiBoxClone was made by Sharp, called FamicomStation. Unlike the Twin Famicom and Famicom Titler, the FamicomStation didn't has any modification on their hardware, but the BIOS screen was changed to SHARP FAMICOM STATION at top in place of Nintendo Entertainment System logo, and Nintendo Entertainment System in place of FamiBox logo.

Dips

Revised in MAME 0.152

  • Self-Test: If On, when the unit starts, it checks the conditions of PRG and CHR ROMs, S and W RAMs and Controllers (including a Zapper). Even if the Dip is in the Off position, it does a Cassette Check (to see if a game is compatible with the FamicomBox or not). When all is done, it shows a game list. The default position is Off;
  • Coin timeout period: Switch it for 10 or 20 minutes of gameplay with one coin. The default position is 10 minutes;
  • Unused: Just as it says. The default position is Off;
  • Famicombox menu time: The time is controlled to select a game in the FamicomBox menu. The time can be 7 or 12 seconds. The default position is 7 seconds;
  • Attract time: The time of demo game-play (not counting when just a demo starts). The time can be 7, 12, 17 or 23 seconds. The default position is 12 seconds;
  • Operational mode: Switch between Key Mode, CATV Mode, Coin Mode and Free Play Mode. Into the Coin Mode, you can play the game in a certain amount of time. Into the Free Play, you can play the games for free, without the addition of coins. Key and CATV modes functions are unknown;
  • Key switch: It have 6 positions. In position 1, it shows the FamicomBox ready to use. In position 3, it allows to play the games directly without to pay for it, much like the Free Play Mode. In position 4, it did the Self-Test function mentioned before. In position 6, it shows a Game List + a Count Dispenser list for each game. You can input a secret code here for viewing the staff. Positions 2 and 5 functions are unknown.

Games Released

WARNING: Due to lack of the year release of most games, their year releases was eliminated.

Note: Gamelist is probably incomplete and can be wrong.

Country Origin Game Name Developer Original Publisher
Japan United States of America/Europe 1943: The Battle of Midway / Japan 1943: Midway Kaisen (1943 ミッドウェイ海戦) Capcom Worldwide release Capcom
Japan Worldwide release Baseball (ベ�Eスボ�Eル) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Bomberman (ボンバ�Eマン) Hudson Japan/United States of America Hudson
Japan United States of America/Europe Commando / Japan Senjou no Ookami (戦場の狼) Capcom Worldwide release Capcom
Japan Japan/Europe Devil World (チE��ルワールチE Nintendo R&D1 Japan/Europe Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Donkey Kong Jr. (ドンキーコングJR.) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Duck Hunt (ダチE��ハンチE Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Excitebike (エキサイトバイク) Nintendo EAD Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Japan F1 Race (F1レース) HAL Laboratory Japan Nintendo
Japan United States of America/Europe Ghosts 'n Goblins / Japan Makaimura (魔界杁E Micronics Worldwide release Capcom
Japan Worldwide release Golf (ゴルチE HAL Laboratory Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Japan Gomoku Narabe Renju (五目ならべ 連珠) Nintendo R&D1 Japan Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Gradius (グラチE��ウス) Konami Worldwide release Konami
Japan Worldwide release Hogan's Alley (ホ�Eガンズアレイ) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan United States of America/Europe Hudson's Adventure Island / Japan Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima (高橋名人の冒険島) Hudson Worldwide release Hudson
Japan Worldwide release Ice Climber (アイスクライマ�E) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Ice Hockey (アイスホッケー) Nintendo IRD ~ Pax Softnica Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Japan Kamen Rider Club: Gekitotsu Shocker Land (仮面ライダー倶楽部 激突ショチE��ーランチE Tose Japan Bandai
Japan United States of America/Europe Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf / Japan Fighting Golf (ファイチE��ングゴルチE SNK Worldwide release SNK
Japan Japan Mahjong (麻雀) Nintendo R&D1 Japan Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Mario Bros. (マリオブラザーズ) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan United States of America/Europe Mega Man / Japan Rockman (ロチE��マン) Capcom Worldwide release Capcom
Japan Worldwide release Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! / Punch-Out!! (マイクタイソン・パンチアウト!E��E/ パンチアウト!E��E Nintendo IRD Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan United States of America Ninja Gaiden / Japan Ninja Ryukenden / Europe Shadow Warriors (忍老E��剣企E Tecmo Worldwide release Tecmo
Japan Released? Worldwide release Operation Wolf (オペレーションウルチE Daiei Seisakusho Worldwide release Taito
Japan Worldwide release Popeye (ポパイ) Nintendo Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Japan Popeye no Eigo Asobi (ポパイの英語遊び) Nintendo Japan Nintendo
Japan United States of America/Europe Rygar / Japan Argos no Senshi: Hachamecha Daishingeki (アルゴスの戦士 -はちめE��ちめE��進撁E Tecmo Worldwide release Tecmo
Japan Japan Soccer League: Winner's Cup (サチE��ーリーグ ウィナ�EズカチE�E) Sakata SAS Japan Data East
Japan United States of America/Europe Little Ninja Brothers / Japan Super Chinese 2: Dragon Kid (スーパ�Eチャイニ�Eズ2 ドラゴンキチE��) Culture Brain Worldwide release Culture Brain
Japan Worldwide release Super Mario Bros. (スーパ�Eマリオブラザーズ) Nintendo EAD Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan United States of America Tag Team Wrestling / Japan Tag Team Pro Wrestling (タチE��チ�Eム プロレスリング) Sakata SAS Japan Namco

United States of America Data East

Japan Worldwide release Tennis (チE��ス) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Japan TwinBee (チE��ンビ�E) Konami Japan Konami
Japan United States of America/Europe Volleyball (バレーボ�Eル) Nintendo IRD ~ Pax Softnica United States of America/Europe Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Wild Gunman (ワイルドガンマン) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo
Japan Worldwide release Wrecking Crew (レチE��ングクルー) Nintendo R&D1 Worldwide release Nintendo

FamiStation exclusives

Is unknown if FamiBox carts can be read in FamiStation and vice-versa.

Aside from 1943, Baseball, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, F1 Race, Golf, Mahjong, Mario Bros., Senjou no Ookami, Soccer League: Winner's Cup, Super Chinese 2, Super Mario Bros., Tag Team Pro Wrestling, Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima, Tennis, Wild Gunman and Wrecking Crew, the FamiStation have 2 exclusive games that wasn't avaliable in the FamiBox.

Country Origin Game Name Developer Original Publisher
Japan Worldwide release Knight Rider (ナイトライダー) Pack-In-Video Japan Pack-In-Video

United States of America/Europe Acclaim

Japan United States of America Xexyz / Japan Kame no Ongaeshi: Urashima Densetsu (亀の恩返し ウラシマ伝説) Atlus United States of America/Japan Hudson