ファミリーコンピュータ ロボット
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Nintendo Entertainment System

Release Dates
JP: July 26th, 1985 - Retail
US: October 18th, 1985 - Retail
EU: September 2nd, 1986 - Retail

R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), also known in Japan as the Family Computer Robot, is an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom. It had a short product lifespan, with support for only two games which comprised the "Robot Series"; Gyromite and Stack-Up. R.O.B. was released with the intention of portraying the Nintendo Entertainment System as something novel in order to alleviate retail fears following the video game crash of 1983. R.O.B. was available in the Deluxe Set, a configuration for the console that included, among other things, R.O.B. and Gyromite. Stack-Up was purchased separately and included its own physical game pieces.

R.O.B. receives commands via optical flashes in the screen. Once it lights up, it is ready to receive six commands. Just like the NES Zapper, R.O.B. only functions correctly when coupled with a CRT (Cathode ray) type television. All the Robot series games include a test feature that sends an optical flash that should make R.O.B.'s LED light up.

Production Credits

Gunpei Yokoi
Nintendo Co., Ltd. | Research & Development 1 Division

Satoru Okada
Nintendo Co., Ltd. | Research & Development 1 Division

Industrial Design
Makoto Kano
Nintendo Co., Ltd. | Research & Development 1 Division

Executive Producer
Hiroshi Yamauchi
Nintendo Co. Ltd. | CEO

Author: Kyoto Ninja (13 April 2012)
Verified: KRFC (13 April 2012)
Source: Google Patent Registry. Kamitoba Japan Database.

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