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Bit Corp.
Bitlogoatari
Bit Corp.'s logo.
Origin Taiwan
Years 1982-1992
Consoles Atari 2600, Famicom/NES, Gamate, SG-1000
Sounds used Bit Corp. custom, Guo Qiyong
Aliases Puzzy
Games published by HES Interactive (Australia)
Related companies Young Toys, Bit Argentina.
Bit Corp. (普澤) was a developer and publisher from Taiwan which developed numerous games for the Atari 2600, Famicom/NES and Gamate. Bit was one of the first Taiwanese console manufacturers[1] and game developers.

Overview

During their lifetime, they made numerous unlicensed games and consoles. Their games were unlicensed (although this was standard for Atari 2600 games) and their Atari 2600 games were released in Europe with both English and German titles.

Their Famicom/NES games were published by various companies in PAL regions, especially Australia and Brazil, and all were published by themselves in Taiwan. Bit Corp. went out of business in 1992 officially due to competition from Hong Kong and Chinese clone manufacturers.[1]. The real reason for their closure might actually be related to the Gamate.

International Activities

BITArgentina

Back label advertising Bit Argentina.

In the early 90's, Bit Corp created a subsidiary in Argentina called Bit Argentina. They imported various games from Taiwan and sold them in South America. It seems Bit Argentina lived a bit longer than Bit Corp. For example, they had the time to import and release a mapper hacked Street Fighter II.

In 1992, Nintendo entered Argentina thanks to H.Briones Argentina SA, which became the representative of this company. Looking at the huge wave of piracy in the form of the many famiclones, Nintendo got along with Bit and the company became an official distributor of Nintendo products in Argentina.[2]

In 1994 Bit Argentina distributed consoles through Bitgame Club. [3]

Games Developed by Bit Corp.

Atari 2600:

Name Released [1] Description Cartridge No.
32 in 1 Sold with Bit Corp Creator 30, clon with a Famicom style design.  R320
4 Game in One (C402) With Cat Trax, unreleased game of UA Limited. C432
Bobby is Going Home 1983 PG206
Dancing Plate 1982 PG205
Hockey, Hockey 1982 PAL version of Hockey, Hockey (Activision) PG210
Mission 3000 A.D. 1982 PG207
Mr. Postman 1983 PG209
Open, Sesame! 1982 PG204
Phantom Tank 1982 Published by ZIMAG as Tanks But No Tanks. PG203
Phantom UFO Hack of Spider Fighter (Activision) PG212
Sea Monster 1982 PG201
Snail against Squirrel 1983 PG208
Space Tunnel 1982 PG202

Famicom / NES:

Name System Released Description Cartridge No.
Crime Busters Famicom

NES

1989 Published in Brazil (NES) by Dismac and Gradiente. 7300
Duck

/ Duck Maze

Famicom

NES /

NES PAL

1987 First Taiwanese commercial unlicensed port.

Published in Brazil (NES NTSC) by Dismac.

In Australia by HES (NES PAL).

7002
Jackpot

/ Shui Guo Li

NES PAL

Famicom

1989 Published by HES in Australia as Jackpot. 7100
Othello Famicom

NES PAL

1988 Published by HES in Australia. 7103
Sheng Hen Pao Famicom 1989 AKA Twin Loud Cannon (cartridge) 7102

Hardware

Clones

  • Amigo/賓果遊樂器 (Bingo Game Console) - Atari 2600 clone
  • 創造者30 (Creator 30) - Atari 2600 clone
  • 創造者50 (Creator 50) (aka Dina 2-in-1, Telegames Personal Arcade) - Combined SG-1000 and Colecovision clone
  • 創造者70 (Creator 70) - Famicom clone
  • 創造者100 (Creator 100) - Famicom clone

Computers

  • Bit-60 - Compatible with Atari 2600 games
  • Bit-90 - Compatible with ColecoVision games
  • Bit-79 - Compatible with Famicom games, has built in BASIC

Gamate

Gamate

A Gamate.

The Gamate is a handheld console similar to the Game Boy (although not an exact clone) released by Bit Corp. in 1990. Around 50 games were published by Bit, but after they went out of business in 1992, UMC continued to produce consoles and games, releasing about 20 further games for the system. Many of its games were developed by Gamtec.

Mascot

The NES and Famicom releases of Bit Corp.'s cartridges often featu
Bitcorpseal

Bit's seal

red a seal with a drawing of a small, white bearded, old man wearing a red shirt and glasses. It's kind of similar to Pascar which seemed to have some ties to Bit Corp..

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Asian sources gifts & home products, Volume 11, Issue 12
  2. Action Games n° 12, Argentina,1993
  3. Action Games n° 26, Argentina, 1994.

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