Family Basic

This is a 72 key peripheral that along with the Nintendo BASIC cartridge, and the Matsushita/Panasonic Data Recorder (sold separately), allowed the Famicom to become the fully fledged computer that it's name applys, although an average one for the time.

The keyboard connects to the Famicom via the expansion port. Programs could only be saved to tape as the BASIC cartridge plugged into the unit, so preventing a disk based solution from being added to the program.

Famicom BASIC was developed in cooperation with Hudson Soft Sharp. A second version titled Family BASIC V3 was released on February 21, 1985, with greater memory and new features.

By the end of the 1980s, the set had sold in excess of 400,000 units.


Date : 21st July 1984

Manufacturer : Nintendo

Format : Keyboard

Physical Description : Box poly left and right Keyboard

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH63055. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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