First post, by BSA Starfire
I've been having a lot of fun playing some really old games recently and also some more modern recreations of old games that I expect many folk haven't played, these are reprogrammed/re-imagined Atari and Intellivision games running on NOAC systems, that's a Famicom/NES on a single IC.
The two unit's I have been playing are the TV Power Play Intellivision 25 in 1 plug and play system (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaE-IMpuX9Q) & the Jakks Pacific Atari 10-1 plug and Play Joystick(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuuoRO2MFrE&t=630s). both these little units contain a NOAC(Nintendo on a chip), it's pretty much a Famicom/NES recreation chipset as used in many clone consoles of the Famicom. It just seems so weird to me that these old games from the early 80's were remade on yet another console from the early 80's and then repackaged into either a replica of a 70's era controller or in the Intellivision's case what looks almost like a Dreamcast controller. It's honestly very surreal to play Asteroids, missile command and Yar's Revenge on a tiny Famicom clone inside an remade Atari joystick made in 2002. But weird in a fun way 😀
I actually really like the Intellivision one and have spent a good few happy hours with the reprogrammed renditions of Shark! Shark!, Buzz Bomber and Astrosmash.
These little units are so convenient too, just 4 AA batteries and plug in the RCA A/V plugs and that's it.
I wonder who programmed these games to Famicom? The internet hasn't given me any information and I am curious, it must have been a lot of work to make all these conversions. And how many commercial(or otherwise) game coders were around even in 2002/2003 who knew the old Famicom/NES and could be called on to make these? To the best of my knowledge the last Famicom games were released in 1994, that's nearly a decade before these were made, so what development tools were around by then? I know there are other NOAC Intellivision and Atari unit's out there too(Atari Paddles, Intellivision 10-1 and VS, Atari Flashback1 is also a NOAC and has 7800 games running on Famicom), so that adds a load more games made outside of what I've been playing, so it must have been a pretty big project?
Anyone know more about these things or have info about how the conversions were made and by whom I'd love to learn more. I have a special love of the Famicom and also the Atari 2600 and Intellivision so these quirky little things really interest me.
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