There’s so much awesomeness on this card I don’t know where to begin. You get both Mario and Peach paper dolls (known as 紙娃娃 in Taiwan) to dress up with in different outfits. Mario has his standard outfit, but the colors are reversed. He also has a prince and clown outfit. Princess Peach has three … Continued
During the 80s Taiwanese recording company Xinxing Records 『新興唱片有限公司』released the ‘Japanese Cartoon’ 『日本卡通』 series of cassette tapes. The series spanned hundreds of cassettes – I’m not sure of the exact number, but at least 300 hundred are pictured in this blog post. As the name suggests, these cassettes contained music from Japanese cartoons and anime … Continued
Video games and consoles sold in Taiwan during the 80s and 90s were often just imported Japanese versions, sometimes with the addition of an instruction sheet in Traditional Chinese. For officially imported video games, the importer would also usually add a sticker and include a warranty certificate to show that the item was official, and … Continued
I love finding unique Taiwanese consoles and that’s exactly what I got with this Sony Playstation. Originally I thought it was a regular Japanese version (the front of the box clearly shows NTSC-J), but after checking the back I saw the Traditional Chinese text and did a bit of research on the model number – … Continued
A scan of the Taiwanese VHS cover for The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. This is a Taiwan-dub (in Mandarin Chinese) that I’ve not been able to find anywhere else
The D-pad on the 2DS spoils the console and makes playing 2D games uncomfortable. I swapped out the D-pad with one from a GBA and, while it’s a bit tall, it’s so much more comfortable
The NES-styled Grand Arrow Electronics Hot Boy GA-6000 famiclone was released in 1989. Not long after, in 1991, the managing director of Grand Arrow was arrested in the US for counterfeiting Nintendo games
It’s easy to modify an original Nintendo DS (phat) battery to fit inside a GBA SP.
Nintendo Phuten and Nintendo’s Taiwan distributor used these labels to indicate games were official imports. Searching some of the patent numbers listed on the labels revealed some interesting patent drawings from the 90s.
I happened to be in Japan during the Wii launch in December 2006 and luckily found some in stock. Plus some random photos of retro stuff for sale around Tokyo at the time.