NCS Product Synopsis
What do you get when you combine a
Famicom (on a chip) and an Emulator?
You get the
Familator, which has been
available from CyberGadget in a
number of incarnations for a few
years now. The
Cyber Familator Lite is the
latest model which interfaces with a
Nintendo DS Lite to give retro
gaming fans the ability to play
Famicom cartridges directly on the
DS. If you prefer playing games on a
big screen television, the
Familator can pipe composite video
and monoaural audio through the AV
cable that's included inside the
package. Note however that you'll
still control the game through the
There were/are solutions for
playing Famicom games on the
Nintendo DS and other platforms
prior to CyberGadget's Familator
Lite but we won't delve into them
here. The Familator offers a legal
and somewhat versatile way to play
Famicom games without having to dig
out a creaky Famicom console.
We cracked open the package,
unpacked the Familator and got
acquainted with its parts and
functions. Built-in speakers are
located towards the front of the
unit along with a volume slider, a
headphone jack, a reset button, and
a power LED. The back of the
hardware features a Famicom
cartridge slot and a proprietary AV
output port. If you're a gamer on
the go, the unit runs on four AA
batteries for 4.5 hours of playing
time. Keep an eye on the power LED
because it'll shine blue when the
batteries are fresh. As the
batteries are drained of their
power, the LED turns red to indicate
that a battery swap is required.
It's possible to use an AC adapter
with the Familator but one isn't
included. The AC adapter plug on the
unit is also proprietary so you
won't be able to run down to Radio
Shack and grab any which one.
The Familator interfaces with
the Nintendo DS Lite through the
handheld's Gameboy Advance cartridge
slot. Once connected, the NDS sits
right on top of the Familator and
the combination looks like some kind
of strange gaming sandwich of sorts.
Built-in functions include a
rapid-fire facility which is
triggered by pressing the L or R
triggers on the Nintendo DS Lite and
the ability to adjust the
brightness, contrast, and hue of the
games being played on the Familator.
Please note that the Familator
requires that a Gameboy Advance
cartridge be plugged into the front
of the unit in order to operate. The
GBA slot is located directly below
the volume slider/headphone jack.
Questions and Answers
connect Famicom control pads to the
No, the Familator
does not sport any controller ports.
You'll have to use the Nintendo DS
Lite's D-pad to play the games.
Will NDS games
output to a television with the
The video output function
is only for Famicom games.
Can I play
Super Famicom cartridges on the
you want to indulge yourself with
16-bit masterpieces when you can be
stuck with playing 8-bit games from
way back in the day? In any case,
the answer is no.
I thought the
Super Famicom and the Famicom were
the same. Am I wrong?
mistaken. The Famicom is Nintendo's
8-bit console hardware. The Super
Famicom is Nintendo's 16-bit
generation hardware. The two
platforms are not compatible with
I have the
original Nintendo DS unit. I can't
get any Familator love?
Familator is only compatible with
the Nintendo DS Lite due to the
shape of the interface that the NDS
Lite plugs into.
Will NCS stock
the other versions of the Familator
such as the self-contained units?
Been there, done that. At
least in a wholesale distribution
capacity. Sales weren't that great
back then and the expected sales
volume now wouldn't be enough for us
to justify another foray.
Inside the Familator Lite Box
1 x Familator Lite
1 x AV Cable
1 x User Manual (Japanese)
1 x Warranty Card (Japan)
Jan Code: 4544859007439
Japanese Title: CYBER・ファミレータLite