Take a detailed look at the Konami QTa adapter, a very obscure piece of Famicom history

What the hell is this thing?!

Here's a piece of hardware about the Famicom you've most likely never heard of. Way back in the day, Konami made something called a QTa adapter, which was an accessory for the Famicom to play carts made by Konami and Japanese media giant NHK. There weren't many games made for the accessory, outside of some educational games.

If you're curious to learn more about this odd accessory, the video above is an absolute goldmine of details. Not only does it show off the QTa adapter, but a handful of games as well! The video might be in Russian, but just click over to English subs and you're good to go!

Gaming hardware artist gives the Famicom a classic computer redesign

Games as art

We've featured the work of Swedish designer and craftsman Love Hultén in the past, and today he's back with a rework of the Famicom. He calls this piece the FC-PVM, which combines a Famicom with a Sony Trinitron monitor. The result is something that lets you enjoy the Famicom as an all-in-one, and it also hearkens back to classic computer designs.

Switch Online Famicom Collection's Version 3.1.0 now live in Japan

Scheduled games and an SP bonus title

The Switch Online Famicom Collection in Japan has been updated to Version 3.1.0. This update adds in the previously-announced games Super Chinese, Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundoukai, and an SP version of Gradius. The NA/EU NES Collection updates should hit later today.

Infamous Famicom game Takeshi’s Challenge getting a stage adaptation

Oh no!

Now here's a weird one for you. Japanese stage troupe Europe Project have announced Takeshi’s Challenge Beyond, a stage play adaptation of the infamous Famicom game, Takeshi’s Challenge.

For those who don't know, Takeshi’s Challenge is a game created by comedian/filmmaker Beat Takeshi, who purposefully set out to create one of the most frustrating Famicom games he possibly could. The game constantly misleads and misdirects the player, which lead to it gaining a huge amount of notoriety in Japan. The downright cruel nature of the game is why it has remained a part of discussion with gamers to this day.

Takeshi's Challenge Beyond is scheduled to be performed in April 2020, but we don't have any info on just what the adaptation aims to do. Let's hope at the very least, it confuses the hell out of everyone!

Digital Foundry - A look back at the Famicom Disk System

DF Direct goes retro! John Linneman sits down Sekai Games' boss - and game historian - Audi Sorlie to talk about the Famicom Disk System, a Japan-only 1986 release that aimed to make gaming cheaper... and better. It's a fascinating insight into a little-known area of Famicom gaming.

Famitsu wants to hear what Earthbound fans want from the franchise

Probably more games

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Earthbound franchise, Famitsu is running a special anniversary survey. They're looking to hear about your favorite characters, memories, music, and more. There's also a question about what fans want to see from the Earthbound series. It's not clear as to whether Famitsu plans to simply publish the survey results, or present it to Earthbound's creator Shigesato Itoi for comment.

With Google Translate, you can make sense of most of the questions. Feel free to check out the survey here.

Nintendo Dream magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Mother franchise

Happy Mother Day!

Fans in the states may not have learned about the Mother franchise until Earthbound launched here, but Famicom owners in Japan had already bee long familiar with the series. Believe it or not, its been 30 years since the Mother franchise first debuted. The latest issue of Nintendo Dream pays tribute to the series with a special feature, which is 6 pages long, and takes a look back at the three titles that have been released.

The Stranger Things gang meets up with Takahashi Meijin/Master Higgins to play some Famicom games

They're so lucky!

I don't think I've ever been this jealous. I would love to meet Master Higgins in real life, but I haven't achieved that goal yet. Now I see that the Stranger Things cast got to, and they even had the chance to play some Famicom games with him! I wonder if any of them knew just who they were sitting alongside!

Famicom game Pizza Pop! gets a fan translation

Did you ladies order a pizza?

Let no Famicom game go untranslated! That's how fan translators feel, anyway! They're out to translate any/all titles that never left Japan, and the latest to get the fan translation treatment is Pizza Pop! from Jaleco. The game follows a pizza delivery guy who's looking to earn some dough to buy a diamond ring for his girlfriend. This delivery guy will have to run, jump, and ride vehicles to reach his delivery goals.

Famicom game Plasma Ball gets a fan-translation

Fan translators keep digging deeper and deeper into the Famicom's library to find titles that never got a localization. The latest title they've salvaged is Plasma Ball, which originally saw release in 1992. Plasma Ball is a versus action game focused on manipulating a ball to complete various objectives.


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