Future Project: Famicom Media Center

Hello everyone,

Today I got the second major part I needed for my Famicom Media Center build: new controllers. They are nearly identical to the original Famicom controllers, but add extra X, Y, L, R buttons and the ability to rapid fire. The cords also comes up from the top of the controller, rather than the side, which makes the original a bit odd to hold. Finally, they increase the playable length. I’m still going to have them internally mounted, like the original, so these controllers greatly increase the media center’s functionality.



Console Picture Review: Famicom (with NES)

Hello everyone,

Today I got 2 Nintendo Famicoms in the mail from Japan. I come from a family of retro-gamers and collectors, but this was my first time actually holding and playing with a Famicom. They’re super cool!

I won’t dive in too much with the history, since Wikipedia has a great article about it, but I hope you learn about this cool piece of technology from my picture review!


The Famicom houses two controllers, one on each side. The cord length is about 2.5-3 feet each… not very long at all! Unlike modern systems, the Famicom was designed to be closer to the gamer than to the TV, so the power cords were actually quite lengthy.

Famicom (Back)

The back of the Famicom shows where the 2 controllers are connected, as well as the AC Adapter, TV/Game switch, CH1/CH2 switch and RF Switch port. Later Famicom models featured detachable controllers.

NES (Back)

Similar to its predecessor, the NES also features an AC Adapter port, CH3/CH4 switch and RF Switch port. It removed the TV/Game switch, however.

Famicom/NES Controllers

The Famicom controllers are roughly the same size as the NES controllers, but are less box-like. Both first player controllers have a familiar D-pad, Select, Start, B, A format. However, the Famicom’s controllers show which is player I and II at the top left. The Famicom’s player II has a volume slider and microphone built in and lacks the select and start buttons player I has.

Famicom/NES (Front)

Here you can see the drastic size difference. I was surprised how small the Famicom really is.

Famicom/NES (Side)

Again, notice how small the Famicom is in comparison. Even with the controllers docked, it still doesn’t come close to the NES’ height.

Have any questions on the Famicom? Hit me up! I’ll be doing a tear-down video shortly, so let me know what you think!