Artifact Details

Title

Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom)

Catalog Number

102716419

Type

Physical object

Date

1983

Manufacturer

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Place Manufactured

Japan

Identifying Numbers

Model number HVC-002
Other number HC4327357 Label on bottom of unit

Dimensions

overall: 3 in x 6 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in

Description

Package had various price sticker labels in yen: "3980" and "4179". Sticker was removed and plastic packaging was discarded.

Category

Fixed-application digital computer/game console

Curator Notes

By the early 1980s, Nintendo had found success in arcade games, including the smash hit Donkey Kong. Introduced first in Japan in 1983, the Famicom became the best-selling console of its time. Two years later, the Famicom was introduced to the US as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) where it was a blockbuster product. Unlike the NES, the Famicom had several peripherals available, including a modem, keyboard and disk drive system that allowed players to save games.

Credit

Gift of Joe Britt

Lot Number

X6334.2012