Korea’s NES, N64 and Super Comboy

By Spencer . February 9, 2008 . 3:57pm


Browsing through my photos from Korea I discovered a picture of Korea’s Nintendo Entertainment System. This might surprise some readers, but when Nintendo launched the NES in greater Asia (read: outside of Japan and not mainland China) they released the toaster box NES commonly found in North America. However, by this time plenty of people already imported Famicoms and “Asian” version games like this Korean version of Super Mario Brothers 3 sitting on top of the system were scarce. Right next to it is a Korean Nintendo 64.


Missing from the photo is the Super Comboy, the Korean version of the Super Famicom. Nintendo wasn’t established in Korea when the Comboy entered the marketplace, which led to some “creative” marketing decisions. In one TV advertisement Bowser, Mario, the hero from Secret of Mana, the hero from Dragon Quest V, Chun Li from Street Fighter II, Raphael from the Ninja Turtles, Buster Bunny and characters from Dragon Ball Z sing in a commercial. Strange, but true!


See the clip past the break.



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  • ECM

    I could have gone to my grave and been happy having not seen that…now, not so much.

  • laharsama

    Bizarre spot, Goku and Gundam singing along captain Tsubasa

    Frankly, the 90’s was the golden age for Nintendo, SNES was crushing Sega Genesis and PCs.

    I remember greats games like Secret of Mana, Secret of evermore, Illusion of Gaia , Chrono Trigger, Terranigma and Dragon Ball Z Butoden 2

  • TacoBeaver

    thats scary o.O

  • Aoshi00

    Didn’t know that Korea had a legit NES, I thought most people in Asia only played the red & white Famicom or the numerous knock-off consoles back in the days.

    But my god, what a spot.. Korean-drawn anime has come a long way :) Looking at DBZ Super Budoten and Capt. Tsubasa brings me back, they just don’t make games like those anymore..

  • Silversurfer

    Do you know which SNES games were officially translated into Korean?

    afaik, only 3 games were translated:
    Dragon Ball Z – Chomutujeon (Dragon Ball Z – Super Butouden 3)
    Hanguk Pro Yagu (Super 3D Baseball / Super Bases Loaded II)

  • Yakusoku20

    This could be the most interesting piece of advertisment… EVER!!

  • hahaha…oh man, I took the exact same picture in yongsan. I know the exact merchant too. I just never got around to posting mine!

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