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American Video Entertainment, also known as American Game Cartridges, was a software development company that published unlicensed NES software.


AVE was a subsidiary of Macronix, an American chip manufacturer who offered to do an NES ROM chip for Nintendo but got turned down. Macronix decided to start offering their ROM chips and a system called NINA (NintendoCompatible) which they patented.

In 1990, AVE was formed by Phil Mikkelson, Fred Hoot, and Richard Frick with a goal to deliver cheaper Nintendo games to consumers while still keeping a high game standard. The company had good relations with Toys R Us and initially did well in game sales.

When Nintendo changed the NES' hardware to lock out unlicensed games, AVE offered a hotline and directions to mod the console to play unlicensed games. AVE, quickly going bankrupt, filed suit on January 7 (or 11), 1991 for $105,000,000 against Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan in the US District Court in San Francisco for having an illegal monopoly and changing their machines so unlicensed cartridges wouldn't work. The case was settled under a secrecy order and, when AVE's products reached Europe, there was very low advertisement and most of the games didn't work on the European NES.

Published Games[]

Name Console Released Description Cartridge No.
Backgammon (Unreleased) NES/Famicom(?) Development by Odyssey Software.
Big Mouth Bass (Unreleased) NES/Famicom(?)
Blackjack NES 1992 Development by Odyssey Software.
Cue Stick (Unreleased) NES
Deathbots NES 1991 Development by Odyssey Software.
Double Strike: Aerial Attack NES 1990 Published by Sachen as Twin Eagle. TC-006
Dudes with Attitude NES 1990
F-15 City War
  • NES
1990 Development by Idea-Tek, published by HES in Australia.
Impossible Mission II
  • NES
1990 Originally published by SEI, development by Novotrade.

In Australia published by HES.

Krazy Kreatures NES 1990 Development by Bitmasters.
MaxiVision 15
  • NES
1992 Published by HES in Australia.
Mermaids of Atlantis NES 1991 Published by C&E as Magic Bubble. A-1071
Poker (Unreleased) NES
Puzzle NES 1991 Published for Famicom by Idea-Tek.
Pyramid NES 1992 Game of Sachen (NES - FC) SA-009
Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II NES 1991 Development by Idea-Tek.
Solitaire NES 1992 Development by Odyssey Software.
Tiles of Fate NES 1990 Game originally published by Idea-Tek as Zhan Guo Si Chuan Sheng (FC). ET.05
Trolls on Treasure Island NES 1992 Sequel to Dudes with Attitude.
Ultimate League Soccer
  • NES
1991 Development by C&E Inc.
In Italy published for Trafalgar House, in Australia by Magexa.
Venice Beach Volleyball NES 1991 Development by Idea-Tek.
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang NES 1992 Development by American Game Cartridges.
Death Race NES 1990 Development by American Game Cartridges.
Chiller NES 1990 Development by American Game Cartridges.
Shockwave NES 1990 Development by American Game Cartridges.