Elementary school book starts trending in Japan after readers spot a Famicom goof

How do I shot?

Notice anything wrong in the image above? This picture appears in a supplementary reading book for elementary school children in Japan. The picture recently went viral with Japanese social media users, as they couldn't believe such an obvious mistake was made. For those who haven't noticed, the kid holding the controller in the image above is holding it upside-down!

Believe it or not, the picture got so much attention that the Board of Education in Iwate prefecture commented on the image. They say the child was asked to hold the controller to show what children used to play back in 1991. As the child was unfamiliar with the Famicom, he held the controller the wrong way. The board said that more preparation and research should have been done in order to avoid the mistake.

As to why no one else involved with the making of this book, including the board themselves, never caught this mistake before it got printed...no reason was given!

Region Locked - Mega Man's Japanese Exclusive Mario Party Style Game

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at Mega Man's only Japanese exclusive Famicom / NES release, Wily & Right no RockBoard: That's Paradise (Wily & Light's Rockboard: That's Paradise) from Capcom.

Famcom's 'Jinsei Game' gets a fan translation

Yet another Famicom game has gotten an English translation. Fan translation group Nebulous Translations has tackled the RPG Jinsei Game, which is based on the Japanese adaptation The Game of Life. This hit the Famicom all the way back in 1993, and now we can finally give it a go!

Game Boy gets a custom Famicom makeover

Oooooh, now that's a nice custom Game Boy! That color scheme really pops, and the addition of the complimentary backlight really pushes this one over the edge for me. I'd love to grab one of these to display on a shelf...and never touch again!

The Legend of Zelda's Famicom Disk System pre-release art gets an HD fan remake

Ah, the things the internet discovers. Someone was looking through old Famicom Disk System materials, and they found an image that showed off pre-release cover art for The Legend of Zelda. What ended up being used for launch is different from this art, but artist Mr Talida took the time to recreate an HD version of that art from the tiny preview image.

Now that's a pretty fantastic bit of art! How do I get it in poster size?!

Thanks to Kao for the heads up!

Bandai Namco files trademarks for various Famicom/NES games

Bandai Namco is cooking up something for a handful of Famicom/NES games. We aren't quite sure what's going on, but one would think perhaps these titles will be heading to the Switch Online NES catalog soon. The titles with new trademarks include...

“Battle City” (2018-152914)
“Warpman” (2018-152915)
“Final Lap” (2018-152916)
“Family Pinball” (2018-152917) (known as Rock ‘n Ball in the west)
“Aratanaru Densetsu” (2018-152918) (the Japanese subtitle to the Nintendo Entertainment System game Dragon Spirit: The New Legend)

My Arcade releasing Retro Champ NES/Famicom cartridge player in June 2019

The Retro Champ™ console breathes new life into retro gamers’ NES™ and Famicom™ cartridges without the need for a legacy console. My Arcade’s new console includes a built-in 7" screen that allows for portable play with 35 hours of playtime via the built-in rechargeable battery. Retro gamers looking to play from the comfort of their couches can connect the Retro Champ™ to their TV via the console’s HDMI® output and pair with My Arcade wireless controllers (sold separately). Also included is a built-in cartridge cleaning kit - no more blowing on cartridges!


• Play NES™ and Famicom™ cartridges on-the-go.
• Full color, 7-inch screen.
• 35 hours of playtime on the rechargeable battery.
• Built in kick-stand.
• Can connect to TV via HDMI® output.
• Compatible with our Super GamePad wireless controllers.
• A built in mini cleaning kit allows you to take proper care of older cartridges.

Preorder yours here (thanks Sligeach_eire!)

Undertale creator creates a promo video for an upcoming wrestling event

Talk about my worlds colliding! Toby Fox, the creator of Undertale, has put together a promotional video for Wrestle Kingdom 13, an upcoming professional wrestling event in Japan. This particular promo is for Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, with Omega requesting the video from Fox. I wonder if Toby Fox is a wrestling fan!

Famicom Switch controllers - packaging and images

Columbus Circle releasing 8BIT Rhythm Land for the Famicom

Columbus Circle is bringing 8BIT Rhythm Land to the Famicom in February 2019. The title, priced at ¥5,378, features 4 rhythm mini-games (Running Girl, Music Baseball, Hades Rhythm and Cosmolien) and 20 chiptune tracks. Those who preorder will take home a free Soundtrack CD.

There will also be a SEGA Genesis version released, which is called 16BIT Rhythm Land.