|NTDEC / Asder|
|Origin||Xinyi district, Taipei, Taiwan|
|Consoles||Famicom / NES|
|Aliases||Mega Soft, Caltron, Multi-Idea Co., Ltd|
|Related companies||Rex Soft, Tip Top|
NTDEC (Nintendo Electronic Co., 任天堂電子有限公司) is a company that produced pirate Famicom and NES cartridges from 1988 to 1991, and numerous unlicensed original games from 1991 onwards, although the company itself has been active since 1983. Since 1993 it has operated under the name Asder (亞斯德科技有限公司), and currently produces children's educational products.
History[edit | edit source]
Early history[edit | edit source]
According to Asder's website, the company was founded in 1983, but its activities at this point were unknown. The Famicom was released the same year but widespread piracy of its games had not yet begun. It may have been involved in Atari 2600 games, or non-gaming products.
Piracy (1988-1991)[edit | edit source]
NTDEC produced a large number of pirate copies of Japanese Famicom games between 1988 and 1991, which were sold worldwide. Unusually among pirate cartridge manufacturers, NTDEC cartridges are often identifiable by the company logo on the cartridge and the in-game copyright notice modified to read "NTDEC", as well as the rear label featuring a green "QUALITY GUARANTY" (sic) stripe (although this label was also used by other companies).
Two NTDEC employees were arrested in 1991 for the company's activities distributing cartridges in the US, and legal action was brought against the company by Nintendo shortly after for copyright infringement, as well as its use of the "Nintendo" trademark in its company name. 
NTDEC original games (1991-1993)[edit | edit source]
Before 1991, NTDEC is only known to have released one original game, Pokey (1989). However, between 1991 and 1993, NTDEC published many more original games in Asia, some of which were distributed in parts of South America and Europe. Most of the games released in 1991 used the "Mega Soft" name, but the "Caltron" name was used for several releases in 1992, including the Caltron 6-in-1. This is possibly the most well-known of NTDEC's products as it received a release in many more countries than their previous games, including the US. Caltron itself listed a Los Angeles address and phone number on a survey card included with the game; this was presumably the address also used by the US "Mega Soft" company named in Nintendo's lawsuit. However, after this point NTDEC appears to have abandoned both the Mega Soft and Caltron names, and simply used its own name in its games.
Asder (1993-Present)[edit | edit source]
Nintendo's legal action of 1991 concluded in 1993 with Nintendo being awarded $24,059,062 plus attorneys fees of $108,829.00 and costs of $709.80, and a worldwide permanent injunction preventing NTDEC from infringing Nintendo's intellectual property rights. At this point the company ceased operations under the NTDEC name. However it appears to have simply renamed itself to Asder Electronic Co., Ltd, which continued to produce NTDEC's Famiclones, and released educational computer systems and TV game joypads containing Mega Soft games, as well as several original Famicom titles continuing NTDEC's CN-xx numbering.
Asder is not known to have developed any original Famicom games since 1994, although it released the Famicom-based PC-95 keyboard presumably in 1995, and another Famicom-based keyboard, the PC-2000, possibly in 2000. It currently produces educational products such as children's "laptops" with simple low-res mono LCD screens, as well as a keyboard-based plug & play TV system and its own educational game console, the "A.Smart", but the latter two systems appear to be based on a 16- or even 32-bit architecture rather than Famiclone hardware.
List of games produced by NTDEC[edit | edit source]
As NTDEC / Mega Soft / Caltron[edit | edit source]
|Pokey||1989||A compilation of small gambling games.||(CN-04 ?)|
|Fighting Hero||1991||A port of the original Street Fighter||CN-01|
|Hit Marmot||1991||A whack a mole type of game.||CN-02|
|Magic Block||1991||Sliding puzzle challenge.||CN-03|
|Balloon Monster||1991||Super Buster Bros. clone.||CN-05|
|Magic Carpet 1001||1991||Horizontal shoot-'em-up.||CN-06|
|War in the Gulf||1991||Horizontal shoot-'em-up.||CN-07|
|Bookyman||1991||Graphic hack of Brush Roller. Seemingly replaced by Cosmos Cop in the ID line.||CN-08|
|Cosmos Cop||1991||Clone of Space Harrier.||CN-08|
|Adam & Eve||1992 (?)||Clone of Balloon Fight.||CN-09|
|Porter||1992||Some port of Sokoban.||CN-10|
|Super Gun||1992||Vertical repetitive shoot-'em-up.||CN-12|
|Go! Benny!||1992||Horizontal shoot-'em-up.||CN-14 (?)|
|Sea of Dreamland||1992||Horizontal shooter.||CN-15|
|Dream Fighter||1992||One-on-one fighting game.||CN-17|
|Skate Boy||1992||Horizontal skating game. Clone of Metro-Cross||CN-18|
|Fighting Hero III||1993||Sequel to Fighting Hero with game mechanics more akin to Street Fighter II.||CN-19|
|Chik Bik Ji Jin - Saam Gwok Ji
|1993 (?)||A port of Warriors of Fate.||CN-20|
|JP Ronny||1993||Platformer game.||CN-23|
|Master Shooter||1993||Zapper game. Last game as NTDEC.||CN-26|
As Asder[edit | edit source]
|San Guo Zhi: Qun Xiong Zheng Ba
|1993 (?)||One-on-one fighting game.||CN-21|
|Cobra Mission||1994||Zapper game in the veins of Hogan's alley.||CN-27|
|Zhen Ben - Zhi You Ji
|1994 (?)||Action-platformer game.||CN-29|
|Asder PC-95||1995||Educational cartridge sold in Arabic countries as well as Poland and South Korea. PC-98 is a later update of the software sold in other countries.|
Multicarts[edit | edit source]
As NTDEC main focus was not the production of their own Famicom titles, they released numerous multicarts containing Nintendo-licensed games starting around 1989. However, most of these cartridges are generally not explicitely credited to NTDEC hence they will not be included in the following list.
|Caltron 6-in-1||1992||Compilation of early NTDEC titles.||CN-11|
|Caltron 9-in-1||1992||Unreleased compilation of NTDEC titles with different games from the released 6-in-1.||N/A|
|Asder 20-in-1||1993 or 1997||Compilation of various titles from the NTDEC and ASDER library as of 1993. Also features some multicart exclusives such as Benico, Top Hunter and some poker-related games.|
Powerful 250 in One
|1991||Large compilation of japanese games with some hacked. Features as well Pyramid and Hidden Chinese Chess by Sachen.|
|1000-in-1 (and variants)||1991 (?)||Compilation of about 30 licensed games from Japan such as Rockman. Monkey King is present on the menu splash screen.|
Unreleased[edit | edit source]
- Dragon Palace Adventure - Advertised in some manuals included in NTDEC games released around 1991.
- The Pearl Turn - Listed on a Famiclone box with other Mega Soft games, whether it was released or not is unknown.
Other Famicom products[edit | edit source]
- NT-xx series Famiclones
- NTDEC Stick Turbo Jr. - clone of the ASCII stick going by the same name.
- Asder PC-2000 - Some Famiclone shaped like a portable computer with integrated educational software (?)
Related games[edit | edit source]
These have features such as fonts and the sound engine in common with NTDEC/Asder's games, and as such may have shared some development staff, but they appear to have been released by other companies.
- Elfland (1992, credited to Tip Top) and subsequents games from this developpers such as Super Fighter III.
- Lethal Weapon (1994, credited to Aoji Go Go) (Actually a port of Lethal Enforcers; unrelated to the film or NES game of the same name)
- All games by Rex Soft
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The sound effect used in the Asder intro is almost identical to one from S.C.A.T..
- NTDEC originals were distributed in South Korea by Game Line.
- NTDEC apparently sold Memory Controllers chips (most notably MMC3 clones) to smaller publishers in the early days. It would have been too expensive for those to produce their own.
- In Argentina, NTDEC had a subsidiary named NTD C.
References[edit | edit source]
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