The Famicom Disk System was released February 21, 1986 by Nintendo for the Family Computer, also known as the Famicom. It was released to cut costs on manufacturing of games, to avoid the pricy ROM chips
used in cartridges. Games were loaded on to a special RAM adapter that plugged into the Famicom and initially disk games were one sided but later expanded to two using both sides of the disk. The disk is a 3 inch with
two sides which are accessed by flipping the disk, like the 5½ inch disk format used for the Commodore64. The Famicom Disk format was an adaption of the Mitsui Quick Disk.
On this page we've attempted to collect and catalog all known Famicom Disk System releases known to exist, both licensed and unlicensed games.
Unfortunately the disk format wasn't very secure and piracy became a major problem for Nintendo, even hardware revisions couldn't stop piracy and Nintendo eventually decided to put the Disk System to rest. But a
disk rewrite service, called no less than 'Disk Writer', existed until sometime in the 1990's at a few select stores, or disks could be sent to Nintendo directly for rewriting. One you had purchased a disk, the
rewriting fee was 500yen, roughly US$5.
With highlights such as The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus and Doki Doki Panic the Disk System had its highlights that went on to international fame, but for the most the games were intended for the Asian market, that and
a good share of the releases were near unplayable, poor quality. The unlicensed games released were all including nudity of sorts, aaah that 8bit pr0n!
The Famicom Disk System BIOS contains a few easter eggs, one being an internal test. Hold START and SELECT when powering on and a RAM test screen will appear. If you release
START and SELECT right after powering on and press and hold D-PAD RIGHT and A, a message will appear.
Also, did you know that the Famicom Disk System tune is hiding within the GameCube menu tune? (google it my friend :-)
For more information about the Famicom Disk System, click here.
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