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Family BASIC

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Family BASIC
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Developer(s): Hudson Soft/Nintendo/Sharp
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Famicom
Category: Programming, Utility/Creation
Predecessor: Playbox BASIC (My Computer Televi C1)
Release dates
Japan: June 21, 1984
V3: February 21, 1985
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Family Basic is a programming tool and utility/creation software for the Famicom. It was available with the Famicom Data Recorder and Famicom Keyboard.

It is actually the successor to an earlier version of the software called Playbox BASIC; bundled in a cartridge with the My Computer Televi C1 (a television by Sharp with a built-in Famicom also known as the Game Television/Sigma 9400 Chassis in North America[1], Sampo C1 in Taiwan[2] or in general as the Sharp Nintendo Television).


It allows the user to program games in BASIC, specifically in a language called "NS-HUBASIC". In addition to this, there are added minigames with some exclusive to the V3 revision, including Super Mario series characters and the penguin Gurin, from Binary Land.[3] Programs from other media can be loaded from the Famicom Data Recorder (tapes) or typed in manually using the Famicom Keyboard. In addition to the keyboard, games also support the Famicom's built-in microphone.

Furthermore, Family BASIC includes a Message Board for typing messages, a Calculation Board for performing mathematical calculations, and a Music Board for composing music.

Differences with Playbox BASIC

Playbox BASIC features a Biorhythm Board mode instead of the Message Board mode in Family BASIC, because the dedicated television already included that feature.

Add-in programs developed or published by Nintendo

Official manual (type-in):


Built-in programs for Family BASIC V3

  • Game 0 "Heart"
  • Game 1 "Penpen Maze"
  • Game 2 "Mario World"
  • Game 3 "Star Killer"


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