Power Player Super Joy III

Power Player Super Joy III

The Power Player Super Joy III consoles (also known as Power Games and XA-76-1E) are a line of unauthorized handheld Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom clones manufactured by NRTRADE that are sold in North America, Brazil, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The system resembles a Nintendo 64 controller and attaches to a TV set. NTSC, PAL and SÉCAM versions are available. They all use a custom "NES-on-a-chip" (NOAC) that is an implementation of the NES's hardware (Custom 6502, PPU, PAPU, etc).

Background

The consoles come with 76 built-in games, although marketing frequently claims to have 1,000+ ways of playing them. Most of the included games were originally released for the NES or Famicom, but some have been created by the manufacturer to expand their list of included games. Most of the games have had their title screen graphics removed to save space on the ROM chip, not to mention a company logo removal trick for reduced liability.

After this product gained some popularity, the Power Player 3.5, an improved model with more games, was released. A wireless version of Power Games was also released.

Legal issues

When Nintendo discovered this product, they began taking strong legal action against importers and sellers of the consoles, and have obtained a temporary injunction against the import and sale of video game systems containing counterfeit versions of Nintendo games.

As of Spring 2005, NrTrade quit selling these products, however they still retain stock by other companies. These are still in production in China by Eittek but not massively distributed. On December 16, 2005, the FBI executed search warrants at two kiosks at the Mall of America and also searched storage facilities rented by Yonathan Cohen, 27, an owner of Perfect Deal LLC of Miami, Florida. The consoles, purchased wholesale at $7 to $9 each, sold for $30 to $70 each. After confiscating 1,800 units of Power Player, each containing 76 copyrighted video-game titles belonging primarily to Nintendo or its licensees, Cohen was charged in Minneapolis, Minnesota in January 2005 with federal criminal infringement of copyright for selling Power Player video games at kiosks at the Mall of America and other malls across the nation. In April 2005, Cohen pleaded guilty to selling pirated video games.

Nine days after Cohen's guilty plea, 40 FBI agents arrested four Chinese nationals working in an international piracy ring and seized 60,000 pirated Nintendo Power Player consoles in searches in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Maple Shade, New Jersey.

In November 2005, Cohen was sentenced to five years in federal prison and required to run ads in mall magazines to tell the public how he illegally sold knockoff video games at Mall of America kiosks.

Several shopping malls quit selling these products but despite that the product is still sold by other dealers (e.g. flea markets).

In August 2008, Kifah Maswadi was charged US$415,900 in restitution, sentenced to 15 months in prison, 3 years supervised release and 50 hours community service which includes informing people about the dangers of copyright infringement.

Technical aspects

See Nintendo Entertainment System's technical specifications for more info.

  • Can support Japanese Famicom cartridges (cartridge slot may not be present on some models).
  • Has composite and audio outputs.
  • Is able to run unlicensed NES/Famicom games.

List of built-in games

Notes:

  • On version 3.0 of PPSJ, all these items duplicated themselves circa 1000 times hence the claim to have 76,000 games built in, however version 3.5 has a more honest description and uses the titles once.
  • More games can be played if a Famicom cartridge is inserted or a NES cartridge with an import adaptor is used.
  • Many of the game titles in the system menu are abbreviated, misspelled, use alternate names for the game, or are simply wrong (e.g. Burgertime and Pacman). In this list, an effort has been made to use the proper name for the games, with the PPSJ menu name in parenthesis for known differences.
  • This game incorporates menu selection sounds from the game Action 52.

Built-in games include:

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