This is a translation of an article on Nintendo of Japan’s website; part 2 of a 6-part series on The Legend Of Zelda in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary. Translation mine, all other contents, text, images are copyright by 任天堂株式会社. See below for a link to the original article.

For part 2 of our six-week The Legend of Zelda nostalgia project, I’d like to try and start up the hardware and software that were used to run The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link at the time of their release.

At the time the titles were released (1986 to 1987), I wasn’t born yet, and so I’ve never laid hands on an actual Famicom Disk System.

First of all, I went to look for the Famicoms and a Disk Systems that are slumbering in the company storehouse.



There they were, more than I expected. I took one of the Famicoms and Disk Systems each. Then I opened the Famicom box.


Oh, so that’s what the original Famicom was like. It was smaller than I expected.

Also, look at the third picture. What on earth is that Y-shaped connector…?


This was the contents of the Disk System box. This one was larger than I expected.

If we combine this with the Famicom we get…


I like the way those two look like when being put together. The final step was hooking them up to the TV. After struggling a bit without success, I asked some of my more experienced coworkers in the office. It seems like I needed to use a CRT TV…

You hardly see those around anymore lately. I went back into the storehouse, looking for a CRT TV.  Eventually I found one.



With help from my coworkers and after fiddling with the Famicom and the Disk System and the TV for about 30 minutes, I successfully connected the devices. At last… power ON!


While I didn’t feel any nostalgia myself, turning the power on made coworkers and bosses gather round the TV. At last I inserted a disk!


A chorus of „Oooh!”s could be heard, and the office seemed to become all warm and fuzzy. Satisfied with the reaction, I packed up again and started to carry everything back to the storehouse, when something caught my eye.


This is a machine that was used to write on the disks, called a “Disk Writer”. Back then, it was possible to overwrite a disk with other software titles. These devices used to be placed in game shops.

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edited by: 企画部 ひろP

Original article: 倉庫の奥に眠ってた「ファミリーコンピュータ ディスクシステム」を起動してみた

Original text and images are copyright by 任天堂株式会社

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1 Comment

freetimegamer · December 22, 2016 at 3:04 am

Amazing!! I remember when I at the age of 8 learned how to make those connections in order to let my video game work 😮
No… I never had a famicon 😝

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