- Power Player Super Joy III
The Power Player Super Joy III consoles (also known as Power Games and XA-76-1E) are a line of unauthorized handheld Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom clones manufactured by NRTRADE that are sold in North America, Brazil, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The system resembles a Nintendo 64 controller and attaches to a TV set. The second controller resembles a Sega Genesis controller, and a light gun is also included. NTSC, PAL and SÉCAM versions are available. They all use a custom "NES-on-a-chip" (NOAC) that is an implementation of the NES's hardware (Custom 6502, PPU, PAPU, etc.).
The consoles came with 76 built-in games, although marketing frequently claims to have 1,000+ ways of playing them. Most of the included games were originally released for the NES or Famicom, but some have been created by the manufacturer to expand their list of included games. Most of the games have had their title screen graphics removed to save space on the ROM chip, not to mention a company logo removal trick for reduced liability.
After this product gained some popularity, the Power Player 3.5, an improved model with more games, was released. A wireless version of Power Games was also released.
When Nintendo discovered this product, it began taking strong legal action against importers and sellers of the consoles, and have obtained a temporary injunction against the import and sale of video game systems containing counterfeit versions of Nintendo games.
As of spring 2005, NrTrade quit selling these products, although they still retain stock by other companies. These are still in production in China by Eittek but not massively distributed.
On December 16, 2004, the FBI executed search warrants at two kiosks at the Mall of America and also searched storage facilities rented by Yonathan Cohen, 27, an owner of Perfect Deal LLC of Miami, Florida. The consoles, purchased wholesale at $7 to $9 each, sold for $30 to $70 each. After confiscating 1,800 units of Power Player, each containing 76 copyrighted video-game titles belonging primarily to Nintendo or its licensees, Cohen was charged in Minneapolis, Minnesota in January 2005 with federal criminal infringement of copyright for selling Power Player video games at kiosks at the Mall of America and other malls across the nation. In April 2005, Cohen pleaded guilty to selling pirated video games.
Nine days after Cohen's guilty plea, 40 FBI agents arrested four Chinese nationals working in an international piracy ring and seized 60,000 pirated Nintendo Power Player consoles in searches in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Maple Shade, New Jersey.
In November 2005, Cohen was sentenced to five years in federal prison and required to run ads in mall magazines to tell the public how he illegally sold knockoff video games at Mall of America kiosks.
Several shopping malls quit selling these products, though the product is still sold by other dealers (e.g. flea markets).
- See Nintendo Entertainment System's technical specifications for more info.
- Some models have a cartridge slot that supports most cartridges designed for the Famicom.
- Most have battery pack (4 AAs) not included.
- Has AC adapter (DC9V, 350mA (Centre Negative)).
- Has composite and audio outputs.
- Is able to run unlicensed NES/Famicom games.
- Resembles Nintendo 64 controller with cartridge slot for most Famicom games
- Comes packaged with controller resembling a Sega Mega Drive 9-pin 6 button controller
- Comes packaged with a 9-pin light gun resembling a Makarov PM pistol
- Has a joystick that doesn't move, added for visual appeal
- Though the Power Player Super Joy's button layout is identical to that of the Nintendo 64 Controller, the buttons have been mapped differently. The C buttons of the N64's controller function as A and B on the Super Joy, the A and B buttons of the N64's controller are Start and Select on the Super Joy, respectively. Finally, the N64 controller's Start button is the Reset button on the Super Joy.
- Runs off either 9 volt (negative tip) DC power-adapter or four 1.5 volt (AA-size) batteries
List of built-in games
- On version 3.0 of PPSJ, all these items duplicated themselves circa 1,000 times; hence the claim to have 76,000 games built in. Version 3.5 has a more honest description and uses the titles once.
- In the games list, there is a message at the top that says "FUNTIME 76000 IN 1" or "FUNTIME 76 IN 1".
- Manier games can be played if a Famicom cartridge is inserted or an NES cartridge with an import adaptor is used.
- Many of the game titles in the system menu are abbreviated, misspelled, use alternate names for the game, or are simply wrong (e.g. Burgertime and Tekken). In this list, an effort has been made to use the proper name for the games, with the PPSJ menu name in parentheses for known differences.
- This game incorporates menu selection sounds from the game Action 52.
- When the system starts up, the words "FUN TIME" appear flashing on the screen. (This may not show up on LCD TVs because the system gives off a weak TV signal and then improves later during gameplay.)
Built-in games include
- 10-Yard Fight (as "10YF")
- Magic carpet 1001 (listed as "ALADDIN III"), taken directly from the "Caltron/Myriad 6-in-1" cartridge)
- Antarctic Adventure (as "ANTARCTIC")
- Arkanoid (as "ARKONOID")
- Balloon Fight
- Battle City (In the ROM, the title screen says Tank A 1990, Tank M 1990, and Tank N 1990, and in the game selection menu, it is listed manifold times, as "DESERT TANK", "SPEED TANK", and "ABRAMS TANK".)
- Binary Land (as "BINARY", "BINARY LAND", or "BINARY & LAND")
- Bird Week
- Circus Charlie (as "TOY STORY" and "CIRCUS CHABLIE" or "CURCUS CHARLIE")
- Clay Shoot (as "CLAY SHOOTING") was actually part of Duck Hunt.
- Clu Clu Land
- Defender (as "DEFENDER II")
- Devil World
- Dig Dug (as "DIG DUG I")
- Door Door
- Donkey Kong, Jr. (as "DONKEY KONG 2" and "MONKEY")
- Donkey Kong, Jr. Math (as "CALCULATOR")
- Donkey Kong 3 (as "DONKEY KONG" or "KEYKONG 3")
- Duck Hunt (as "SNOWFIELD SHOOT" and "DUCK HUNT")
- Elevator Action (as "ELEVATOR")
- F-1 Race (as "F1 RACE" or "F-1 RACE")
- Field Combat (as "COMBAT")
- Formation Z
- Front Line
- Galaga (as "GALAGA" or "GALAZA")
- Gomoku Narabe (as "CHESS", "FIVE CHESS", or "CHINESE CHESS")
- Raid on Bungeling Bay (as "HELICOPTER" or "RAID ON BAY")
- Hogan's Alley
- Ice Climber
- Ikki (as "KNIGHT")
- Karateka (wrongly as "TEKKEN")
- Life Force
- Lode Runner (as "LODE RUNNER 2")
- Lunar Pool (as "LUNAR BALL")
- M.U.S.C.L.E. (as "WWF")
- Magic Jewelry
- Mahjong Taikai (as "MAJUN2")
- Mario Bros. (as "MARIO BROS")
- Mappy (as "MICE LOVE CAT", "MAPPY", and "PACMAN")
- Mighty Bomb Jack (as "BOMB JACK")
- MotoRace USA (as "ZIPPY RACE")
- Ninja Kun (as "NINJA I")
- Nuts & Milk (as "MILK & NUTS")
- Brush Roller (as "BRUSH ROLL" and "PAINTER")
- Pinball (as "PINBALL" or "PIN BALL")
- Road Fighter
- Slalom (as "SLACOM" or "SLALOM")
- Sky Destroyer
- Space Invaders (as "SPACE ET")
- Spartan X (as "SPARTANX"), more commonly known as Kung-Fu Master
- Soccer (as "FIFA SOCCER")
- Star Force
- Stargate (as "STAE GATE" or "STAR GATE")
- Super Arabian (as "ARABIAN")
- Super Contra
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross (as "MAXCROSS" or "MACROSS")
- Super Dyna'mix Badminton (as "SUPER DYNAMIX")
- Super Mario Bros. (as "SUPER MARIO")
- Super Soccer (as "SOCCER HEROES")
- Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game (Tengen) (as "TETRIS 2")
- Twinbee (as "TWIN BEE")
- Urban Champion
- Warpman (as "WARPMAN", wrongly as "BURGERTIME")
- Wild Gunman
- World Soccer
- Yie-Ar Kung Fu (as "KING OF FIGHTER")
- FC Game Console
- Game Stick
- Generation NEX
- Nintendo Entertainment System hardware clone
- ^ a b St. Paul Pioneer Press (January 20, 2005) Knockoff games allegedly sold at mall. Section: Local; Page B6
- ^ a b St. Paul Pioneer Press (April 5, 2005) Man pleads guilty in pirated game sales. Section: Local; Page B3
- ^ Gearty, Robert. (April 14, 2005) New York Daily News Video game pirates sunk. Section:News; Page 32
- ^ Business Wire (April 15, 2005) Nintendo Applauds the FBI -- Four Arrested for Allegedly Distributing Pirated Nintendo Products.
- ^ St. Paul Pioneer Press (November 19, 2005) Man gets five years in video game fraud. Section: LOCAL; Page 5B
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