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Nintendo de Venezuela, also known as Nintendo, CA (Corporación anónima, Venezuela's equivalent of S.A.) was a producer of NES and Famicom products, including consoles and cartridges.

History[]

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A NES from Nintendo of Venezuela.

In Venezuela's glory day, which was a result of economic oil boom, the video game brands like Atari, Sega, Nintendo and Intellivision could easily be found in big video centers, but in the late 1980s, the country entered a state of economic crisis. It was at this time that cheaper copies of original games and consoles from various manufacturers began to arrive in the country. This was also the moment when Nintendo CA began to work.

Similarly to NTDEC, Nintendo de Venezuela operated under the actual Nintendo name; unlike NTDEC, however, they used the proper Nintendo logo without any abbreviations. It's unknown when the company was established. The founder - Israel Rapaport Koffman, established it's first business in August 1979. Over the years, he run the Atari Mundial C.A (selling bootlegs under Atari brand and in less amount also pirate goods for second generation consoles like Intellivision or Coleco), Almacen Electronica Royal C.A (chain of specialized electronic stors) and Intelligent Games de Venezuela C.A (name of group of companies run by Koffman)[1]The first information about Nintendo comes from August 1987, when Atari Mundial wanted to register trademark of Nintendo for Venezuela market, but the plan failed[2]. Despite that, new company began to expand due to success of its products in the country, reaching even neighbour ones. Besides clones of Nintendo brand, Nintendo CA also sold bootlegs from Turbografx brand, but their number was much smaller.

Official Nintendo established its presents, thanks to Inversiones St. John c/o Itochu De Venezuela, distributor for Venezuela, Caribbean (except Puerto Rico), Guyana, French Guyana and Surinam[3]. It is known that since the late 1980s, NES was already sold in stores, and in the early 1990s, Game Boy with Super Nintendo were released and Club Nintendo was translated into Spanish.[4] To distinguish the clones from the original, resellers referred to the NES as "Nintendo el Original".

In 1992, Atari Mundial wanted again to register Nintendo trademark, but Nintendo of America interrupted the procedure[2]. Between 1992-1994, there was a dispute between the two companies which ended with lawsuit from NoA against Nintendo C.A. for copyright infringements on the 27th of July 1995.[1] On the 6th of October 2000, Nintendo of America was awarded Bs. 4,450,894.30 for the damages and Koffman was ordered to destroy all the counterfeit goods.[1]


Products[]

They are known to have released several models of the NES and Famicom, all of which have a very close likeness to the official Nintendo product(s). The only major differences between them are the formatting of the text and logos, and the colors of the buttons on the controllers (yellow A button, red B button; the traditional NES has both colored red). It is reported that 72-to-60 pin adapters came with every N.O.V. NES model, and presumably vice-versa for the Famicom model. Models sold under the Famicom design were cheap and the NES models were sold at the same price as the original NES.

Nintendo de Venezuela also released many bootleg Famicom cartridges; all of them were branded as "Nintendo Entertainment System", despite not being directly compatible with the NES. The cartridges all had end labels with the game's title written on them, unlike standard Famicom releases. Presumably to save cost, the boxes were generic, but had an extra cartridge label of the respective game stuck to the front. Some notable cloned games include Magic Carpet 1001 (under the Aladdin III name) and Mario 16.            

Gallery[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 historico.tsj.gob.ve/decisiones/scc/abril/RH-0016-050401-00993.HTM
  2. 2.0 2.1 Estudio de la sentencia NINTENDO», Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas No. 98, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1996
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/19980610031732/http://www.nintendo.com/corp/companies/venezuela.html
  4. https://archive.org/details/clubnintendo15ano02no12venezuela/page/n51/mode/2up?view=theater
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