There’s a great article over at Eurogamer about the development of Dendy, Russia’s knockoff version of the NES. It also goes into how the console helped develop a market for gaming in the former Soviet Union and paved the way for Nintendo to begin selling its original hardware.


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I know about the Dendy principally thanks to its status as a rebranded version of the Micro Genius Famicom clones that were sold in Taiwan, in lieu of actual Nintendo Famicoms (I don’t think actual Nintendo-sold hardware took off until the Super Famicom, and even then diskette-based game sales were prolific), for probably the same reason as in Russia: it was a much cheaper domestic alternative. Apparently the Micro Genius consoles took off in other countries too!