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    Default Nes cassette system prototype.

    http://www.gen-n.net/dyk/012.shtml

    An early prototype of an nes called "Advanced Video System", wireless controllers, a keyboard.....I wonder if this was a proto for an add-on or a proto for the original NES?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mills
    An early prototype of an nes called "Advanced Video System", wireless controllers, a keyboard.....I wonder if this was a proto for an add-on or a proto for the original NES?
    From Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames (3rd ed)

    "In 1984, Nintendo had sold 2.5 million Famicoms in Japan and 15 million cartridges. Despite the prophecies of doom that it received, Nintendo believed that it could achieve those numbers in the United States also. At the Winter CES in January, Nintendo officially announced its plans to market the machine in the United States and Canada.

    The Nintendo Advanced Video System (NAVS) seemed to be a step up from the American systems that practically couldnít even be given away anymore. While those machines had the capacity for 16 colors, the NAVS was able to generate 52 colors. This allowed for realistic 3D graphics.

    The NAVS was totally wireless. Its controllers would use infrared light to send signals to the console. The controllers were also different in another respect. Instead of the popular joystick, the NAVSí rectangular shaped controller featured a touchpad that could move in one of eight directions. It was similar to the disc on the Intellivisionís controllers but more precise. The controller also had two buttons for game starts and resets. A light gun was also going to be sold with the unit for target games such as
    Hoganís Alley and Duck Hunt.

    Nintendo also announced a 3-octave music board that would be available optionally. Unlike Mattelís music keyboard that only operated with the Intellivision computer, Nintendoís keyboard could also function by itself without the console since it used batteries and had its own built-in speaker.

    Like all the other companies that had released consoles since Mattel first announced the Intellivision, Nintendo promised a keyboard to upgrade the new console to a computer. It also planned a Game Basic cartridge so players could design their own games from scratch. For those who werenít creative enough to do this, Nintendo also planned an "Edit Series" of full action games that players would have the ability to modify (but not save).

    Since a videogame console is only as good as its available software, Nintendo unveiled 25 cartridges at the CES. The large library consisted of many sports games such as Baseball and Tennis as well as arcade classics from the Nintendo catalog like Donkey Kong.

    Despite the fact that videogames were selling so poorly everywhere, Nintendo received a lot of attention at the CES. That was good because most of the people who attended the CES were retailers who were out to purchase new items for their stores. Nintendo told these shopkeepers that the NAVS would be available by the late spring.

    By the time of the Summer CES in June, the Nintendo game console still hadnít been released. Nintendo still had a booth at the show and its game console had some new features. Among them was a new name. Instead of the Nintendo Advanced Video System, it became the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). A new release date of late summer had been announced and the initial number of cartridges had dropped to twenty."
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    Hey Leonard, did you happen to catalogue what the 25 titles were?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedEye
    Hey Leonard, did you happen to catalogue what the 25 titles were?
    Sorry, no. I didn't attend that CES and never came across that info.
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    That's from my collection? No it's not.

    Anyone venture a guess what 'unidentified peripheral' is? How about the light gun?

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    That "unidentfied object" from the linked article is the light gun.

    Someone else posted a picture of it "in use" and the handle of the gun folds up.

    I wonder if the orginal light gun was better than the eventual light gun we got...or if it was as good as quality as the Master System gun.

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    ive never seen that hardware and its amazing, truly one of a kind, i live in nyc and will try to find out that store to take more detailed pictures of it.

    be cool to own one of those lol.

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