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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 In GAME 2 - The Mario Game players have to create the level or else Mario will just fall to his death(Family BASIC V3.0)
Family BASIC NES Shoot the enemies (Family BASIC V3.0)
Family BASIC NES Waiting for input (Family BASIC V2.0a)
Family BASIC NES GAME 0 - The Heart Game (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 (62288)
Mar 10, 2011


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Alaka (67625) added Family BASIC (NES) on Feb 23, 2011