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Buy a Famicom from Japan

Import Nintendo’s first breakout hit game system from the exotic Orient.

It would be a very different world today if the Famicom were never released. Sure, at some point the post-Atari U.S. video game market would have been revitalized. But the American gaming industry might have remained under the total control of American companies. Or, Sega might have climbed unimpeded to the top of the Japanese game industry, then proceeded to dominate the rest of the world.

But in 1983, Nintendo did release the Family Computer—quickly dubbed the Famicom for short by abbreviation-happy Japanese consumers—and within months it was a smash success in Japan. It was such a success that Nintendo decided to bring it to the United States as the Nintendo Entertainment System. The rest, as they say, is history.


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