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The Famicom was an 8-bit console developed by Nintendo and released in 1983 in Japan, 1985 in North America, and 1986 in Europe. Nintendo, being so successful in the arcade, decided it was time to jump into the home console market. At first, the Famicom featured arcade ports, but as popularity for it grew, original games began development. When the Famicom went states side, Nintendo released 10 of its greatest games as launch games, giving people early encouragement to buy it. Unfortunately, as 1990 neared, the onset of 16-bit technology gave Nintendo a run for its money, causing them to go into the development of their new Super Famicom. On the technical side, the Famicom got many technical facelifts, but the most common hardware is a Ricoh 6502 core at 1.66-1.79MHz, a Ricoh PPU at 5.32-5.37MHz, allowing up to 256x240 video, and a custom sound processor featuring 5 stereo channels.