Famicom World

Almost a game...almost...

Protoypes are the early development versions of the video games you know and love. To the right, for instance, you see a prototype of Adventure Island IV. The terrible quality of the photographs in this section is the result of prototype collecting being an elitist enterprise — the only photos we can get are the ones we see in auctions.

The Famicom had a number of very usual prototypes. While all NES prototypes were produced using the standard Nintendo carts, for the Famicom, prototypes ranged from the large cart to the right, to the use of the RAM adaptor casing, and for the Famicom Disk System, special white development disks. In addition to prototypes, many companies also released sample cartridges that were used to test the games and provided to video game journalists who reviewed the games.

Prototypes and sample carts continue to pop up on auction sites. While protos and samples sell near $100 for the NES, for the Famicom in Japan they sell much more reasonably.

It's a prototype from the shady prototype underworld!
It's a prototype from the shady prototype underworld!

Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima IV

The Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima IV prototype comes in a large, blue Famicom cartridge.

ASO: Armored Scrum Object

The ASO: Armored Scrum Object sample game comes in a small, blue Famicom cartridge.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

The Double Dragon II prototype comes in a Famicom Disk System RAM adaptor.

Dr. Chaos: Jigoku no Tobira

The Dr. Chaos: Jigoku no Tobira prototype comes on a white Nintendo development disk.

Hokuto no Ken 3

The Hokuto no Ken 3 prototype comes in a Famicom Disk System RAM adaptor.

Metal Max

The Metal Max prototype comes in a Famicom Disk System RAM adaptor.

Section Z

The Section Z prototype comes on a white Nintendo development disk and a strange label number.

Super Lode Runner

The Super Lode Runner prototype comes on a white Nintendo development disk.

Unreleased Game

This unreleased game prototype comes on a white Nintendo development disk.

Labyrinth

The Labyrinth sample game comes in a small, white Famicom cartridge.

Conflict

The Conflict sample game comes in a small, white Famicom cartridge.

Derby Stallion

The Derby Stallion sample game comes in a small, blue Famicom cartridge.

Tiny Toon Adventures 2

The Tiny Toon Adventures 2 sample game comes in a small, white Famicom cartridge.

Top Gun

The Top Gun sample game comes in a small, black Famicom cartridge typical of Konami sample games.

Smash Ping Pong

The Smash Ping Pong prototype comes on a white Nintendo development disk.

Goonies 2

The Goonies 2: Flattery Saigo no Chousen sample game comes in a small, black Famicom cartridge.

Salamander

The Salamander sample game comes in a small, transparent blue Famicom cartridge.

Wai Wai World

The Wai Wai World sample game comes in a small, black Famicom cartridge.

Twin Bee

The Twin Bee sample game comes in a small, black Famicom cartridge.

Goonies

The Goonies sample game comes in a small, black Famicom cartridge.