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    The Computer Nintendo Never Released

    In Japan, Nintendo launched the Famicom in 1983. Besides the two controllers, the "Famicom" later had a keyboard, helping the machine live up to its "Family Computer" moniker. The version released in the West, however, was a different story.

    Nintendo was looking to bring the Famicom to North America and initially reached out to Atari to collaborate on a new game machine. The console would be branded "Atari", but Nintendo would create the hardware and software. The deal never happened, and Nintendo moved ahead with plans for its own console.

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    Nintendo's goal was to release a sophisticated piece of electronics. It would take the Family Computer one step further as Nintendo worked on including a keyboard, a light gun, a joystick, and even a tape recorder. The controllers and peripherals were even wireless!

    With the MSX being popular for both gaming and computing for Japan, Nintendo released Family Basic in 1984. A keyboard made programming in Basic possible. And apparently Nintendo thought American gamers also wanted something more techy as opposed to a straight forward gaming system.

    In 1984, Nintendo unveiled the "Advance Video System", or the AVS (see top image). The prototype was shown only once at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show. It looked less like a game machine, and more like a computer. At CES, the Advance Video System got a tepid reaction, and Nintendo ditched the product altogether.

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    Nintendo returned the following year with a new version of the Family Computer, the Nintendo Entertainment System and added a Robotic Operating Buddy. Nintendo continued with its computer ambitions in Japan, releasing a floppy disc add-on, the Family Computer Disk System, in 1986. The AVS, however, never made it to market. One of the prototypes is currently housed in New York's Nintendo World Store.
    source - kotaku.com
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    wow that is cool. too bad there never was a nintendo computer, cause i would sooo buy it. lol
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    Same here, imagine if they made an OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarimsterX View Post
    Same here, imagine if they made an OS.
    Sure it would have been a derivative of Basic. Very popular at the time.

    I lol'd at the tape drive. I haven't seen one of those since my Atari 800. I thought I was the man with that PC. I had a 5.25 floppy, a 28K modem, and the full 48KB RAM. At least it was a step up from my TRS-80!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post
    Sure it would have been a derivative of Basic. Very popular at the time.

    I lol'd at the tape drive. I haven't seen one of those since my Atari 800. I thought I was the man with that PC. I had a 5.25 floppy, a 28K modem, and the full 48KB RAM. At least it was a step up from my TRS-80!
    I had an Atari 800XL, with a 5.25 floppy, oh wait, I still have it. My friend had an Atari 800 with a tape drive. I did have a Timex Sinclair 1000 with a plain old cassette recorder attached to it, lol, $20 for that computer up at the Perry Drugstore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarimsterX View Post
    Same here, imagine if they made an OS.
    I bet it would have a great web Bowser.

    I still dream of what Ocarina of Time would have been like if it was completed for the N64DD. It remains my favorite Zelda game.
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    yeah I saw that in a magazine once. Pretty cool




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    I actually got my hands on a beta copy of it (and yes, it was legal, I checked). It took weeks of searching. It was in japanese, and was far from a full game, but still very interesting. There is more info on it here.

    People have been trying to make a real game out of it for nearly a decade by filling in all the blanks with new code, but I doubt it will ever get finished. Every once in awhile, the project will get picked up again and get people like me excited, but it is just too big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoostinOnline View Post
    I bet it would have a great web Bowser.
    Haha I just got it, my brain just registered it as browser.
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    Godot- As they say, a cornered fox is more dangerous than a jackal.
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