Not to be confused with the BIOS of this unit.
FamicomBox unit with 15 games inserted, with a "NES" controller.
|Sound chip(s)||NES APU|
FamicomBox (ja:ファミコンボックス) 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.
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.
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.
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|
|Knight Rider (ナイトライダー)||Pack-In-Video|| Pack-In-Video
|Xexyz / Kame no Ongaeshi: Urashima Densetsu (亀の恩返し ウラシマ伝説)||Atlus||/ Hudson|