Today, The Famicom Is 33 Years Old

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On July 15, 1983, the Family Computer was released in Japan. Video games were never the same.

Shortened to the “Famicom,” the system went on to spawn countless classic titles and proved that home consoles were not some passing fad. Thank you for that, Famicom!

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The console was also reborn as the Nintendo Entertain System, which was released in 1985 in North America and the following year in Europe.

One of my favorite Famicom factoids is that Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters actually supported (repaired) the console until 2007. Incredible!

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.