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Family BASIC allowed users to program in a BASIC programming language (NS-HUBASIC) that was developed specifically for use on the Famicom. The cartridge came with a keyboard and required the use of the Famicom Data Recorder in order to save any created programs.

The cartridge was originally released as Family BASIC, but was later re-released as Family BASIC V3 with added memory. This version also came packaged with some games already included. Games are accessed by typing GAME followed by a space then a number (0, 1, 2, or 3).

The following are the games that were included:

GAME 0 is the Heart Game. Using either a microphone or the keyboard, players get to fill in a heart with Mario and Pauline (of Donkey Kong fame) meeting in the middle for a smooch.

GAME 1 is the Number Game. Players control a penguin on a grid collecting numbers in sequential order while trying to avoid the Sidesteppers from Mario Bros..

GAME 2 is the Mario Game. Players are able to control Mario in game levels that they themselves make.

GAME 3 is Star Killer. 1 or 2 players control their spaceship trying to shoot as many enemies as they can.


Family BASIC NES Waiting for input (Family BASIC V2.0a)
Family BASIC NES GAME 1 - The Number Game (Family BASIC V3.0)
Family BASIC NES GAME 3 - Star Killer (Family BASIC V3.0)
Family BASIC NES Waiting for input (Family BASIC V3.0)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Family BASIC V3" -- Re-release title

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deeply intriguing 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (60344)
Mar 10, 2011


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Alaka (56907) added Family BASIC (NES) on Feb 23, 2011