Retro Throwback – Famicom Color, Materials, and Name Origins Revealed

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So most of us know that Nintendo’s famous Family Computer (Famicom) console is red, white, and gold, but why those colors? Why not black which is a more obvious choice for home electronics, or perhaps gray? Former Nintendo hardware designer Masayuki Uemura spoke with Weekly Playboy about this topic and more. Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has written an article with translated points from the interview.

Uemura-san says that originally the Famicom was going to be made of steel, but it was too fragile. They decided to make it plastic instead. Apparently the red color was chosen because former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi wore a scarf with a similar shade of red and liked the color.

What about the name of the system? Why Family Computer? Why Famicom? Uemura-san says that at the time the term computer was being used a lot in Japan and he figured family hadn’t been used before, so he decided to combine the two. When discussing this with his wife however, she suggested the now famous shortened form, Famicom. The name Famicom was rejected by Uemura-san’s boss and Nintendo went with Family Computer instead. But as we all know today, the Famicom nickname stuck and would even apply to Nintendo’s next console, the Super Famicom.

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Source: Kotaku & Weekly Playboy

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