Cyber Familator Lite
- New Import, In Stock
NCS Product Synopsis
you get when you combine a Famicom (on a chip) and
an Emulator? You get the
Familator, which has been available
from CyberGadget in a number of incarnations for a
few years now. It's one of the better known
licensed Famicom clones in Japan. That's right, it
has the official sanction of Nintendo unlike the
myriad of hack jobs that are available in Asia.
The Cyber Familator Lite
is the latest model which interfaces
with a Nintendo DS Lite to give retro gaming fans
the ability to play Famicom cartridges directly on
the DS. If you prefer playing games on a big
screen television, the Familator can pipe
composite video and monoaural audio through the AV
cable that's included inside the package. Note
however that you'll still control the game through
the NDS' D-pad.
There were/are solutions for playing Famicom games on the
Nintendo DS and other platforms prior to
CyberGadget's Familator Lite but we won't delve
into them here. The Familator offers a legal and
somewhat versatile way to play Famicom games
without having to dig out a creaky Famicom
We cracked open the package,
unpacked the Familator and got acquainted with its
parts and functions. Built-in speakers are located
towards the front of the unit along with a volume
slider, a headphone jack, a reset button, and a
power LED. The back of the hardware features a
Famicom cartridge slot and a proprietary AV output
port. If you're a gamer on the go, the unit runs
on four AA batteries for 4.5 hours of playing time. Keep an eye on
the power LED because it'll shine blue when the
batteries are fresh. As the batteries are drained
of their power, the LED turns red to indicate that
a battery swap is required. It's possible to use
an AC adapter with the Familator but one isn't
included. The AC adapter plug on the unit is also
proprietary so you won't be able to run down to
Radio Shack and grab any which one.
The Familator interfaces with the Nintendo DS Lite through the
handheld's Gameboy Advance cartridge slot. Once
connected, the NDS sits right on top of the
Familator and the combination looks like some kind
of strange gaming sandwich of sorts. Built-in
functions include a rapid-fire facility which is
triggered by pressing the L or R triggers on the
Nintendo DS Lite and the ability to adjust the
brightness, contrast, and hue of the games being
played on the Familator. Please note that the
Familator requires that a Gameboy Advance
cartridge be plugged into the front of the unit in
order to operate. The GBA slot is located directly
below the volume slider/headphone jack.
Questions and Answers
Can I connect Famicom
control pads to the Familator?
No, the Familator does
not sport any controller ports. You'll have to use
the Nintendo DS Lite's D-pad to play the games.
Will NDS games output to a
television with the Familator installed?
The video output function is
only for Famicom games.
Can I play Super Famicom
cartridges on the Familator?
Why would you
want to indulge yourself with 16-bit masterpieces
when you can be stuck with playing 8-bit games
from way back in the day? In any case, the answer
I thought the Super Famicom
and the Famicom were the same. Am I wrong?
Affirmative. You're mistaken. The Famicom is Nintendo's
8-bit console hardware. The Super Famicom is
Nintendo's 16-bit generation hardware. The two
platforms are not compatible with each other.
I have the original Nintendo
DS unit. I can't get any Familator love?
Unfortunately, the Familator
is only compatible with the Nintendo DS Lite due
to the shape of the interface that the NDS Lite
Will NCS stock the other
versions of the Familator such as the
Been there, done that. At
least in a wholesale distribution capacity. Sales
weren't that great back then and the expected
sales volume now wouldn't be enough for us to
justify another foray.
Inside the Familator Lite Box
1 x Familator Lite
1 x AV Cable
1 x User Manual (Japanese)
1 x Warranty Card (Japan)
Jan Code: 4544859007439
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