MIT based on rip off NES and not Apple II

wgungfu at wgungfu at
Fri Aug 8 10:20:07 CDT 2008

Remember that the Japanese implementation (Famicom) was actually promoted as a
gaming computer in its time (Famicom is short for Family Computer).  Besides a
keyboard and BASIC, there was also a cassette recorder, disk drive, and modem

(Here's some links for those that have never seen them):

The US version (the NES) came close to being done more like a computer, but
marketing challenges moved it in a different direction.  Here's a pic of what
it almost was:

Keep in mind that the NOAC (Nintendo On a Chip) is probably the most duplicated
and longest running single chip console implementation, making it the most
easily accessible design and money wise.


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