Famicom Disk System Treasures (and Tribulations)
Most retro video game collecting is pretty easy. Except for a battery backup, cartridges don’t really wear out, and cartridge-based consoles rarely have moving parts. Your power adapter will probably wear out more quickly (especially if it’s a Japanese one from the ’80s), but is fortunately easily replaceable. Your retro console will probably outlive you.
Not so with the Famicom Disk System.
Stretching and disintegrating belt problems of the peripheral aside, the disks can demagnetize through accident, usage, or just sitting around in a dusty closet. But even that isn’t necessarily the worst part. Sometimes the game on your disk just doesn’t match the label, as Vinnk has rediscovered recently.
Of course, we found this out way back in our first episode of Famicom Dojo. But it’s nice to know this problem lives on six years later. If “nice” is the right word…
Own a Famicom Disk System? Interested in beginning your collection? Leave a comment below!