That time when Jackie Chan endorsed a bootleg NES-clone PC
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Pengling Nov 29, 2023

Source.
Not joking - it really happened.

Actually, the history behind it is really interesting - it's a keyboard-based clone of the Nintendo Entertainment System's hardware (usually referred to as a Famiclone, after the console's Japanese name, Famicom, or otherwise as a "NOAC" or NES-On-A-Chip), created long before the hardware-patents expired. Released in 1994 by Subor, with a young Jackie Chan hired to promote it in both photographs and a weird TV-ad, this device ended up as the best-selling computer of the era in China - though I do wonder if it was popular mainly for its computing functions, or for its gaming ones!

And then, after that, I learned that Hulk Hogan promoted an unlicensed NES multi-cart, as well! But only one time, before the half-hour infomercial featuring shouty wrestlers pretending to be e-sports coaches, interspersed with rambling hosts who clearly knew nothing about technology, was withdrawn because Hogan and the other wrestlers who appeared weren't actually allowed to use their characters outside of WWF (now WWE) productions.

I found these hokey celebrity endorsements rather neat, in their strange way.
StoneColdSpider Nov 29, 2023
I need a Celebrity Deathmatch featuring Bootleg NES Jackie Chan vs Segata Sanshiro

Gentlemen.... lets get it on.......

Last edited by StoneColdSpider on 29 November 2023 at 9:15 am UTC
whizse Nov 29, 2023
Fascinating little nuggets of video game history these!

Now I can't help but wonder. What current celebrity would be most likely to act as a shill for the Steam Deck knockoff ROG Ally?
Koopacabras Nov 30, 2023
Slightly related.
Here's some FamiClone argentine ads from the 90s for you delight
In some countries back then, there wasnt official stores or nintendo retailers so this chinese knock offs flooded the market, they were all basically the same hardware but with different branding and a different case.

this one was called electrolab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXjjOUHdTUo


Panavox clone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E04wBIGudFc

this one Turbogame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjBgYx_l5Go

here's a recap of the clones of the famicom on the 90s, mostly clones from latam, but also some that were sold in europe and russia are included.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjPnT7SLVHQ



Last edited by Koopacabras on 30 November 2023 at 2:44 am UTC
Koopacabras Dec 4, 2023
Maybe those fami-clones had this game... its Kung Fu Mari, aka Mario 10 I think its a Jackie Chan game that they replaced Jackie with Mario

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTw-WuY35rY

its a ME a Mario errh... a Mari, forget Mario Bros, thats old this is Mario 10, new game, new name lmao

Last edited by Koopacabras on 4 December 2023 at 7:24 am UTC
StoneColdSpider Dec 4, 2023
Quoting: KoopacabrasMaybe those fami-clones had this game... its Kung Fu Mari, aka Mario 10 I think its a Jackie Chan game that they replaced Jackie with Mario
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTw-WuY35rY
What The F*** did I just watch????......
And I thought my Dick Trickle write ups were crazy..... I need to lift my game.......
Pengling Dec 4, 2023
Quoting: StoneColdSpiderI need a Celebrity Deathmatch featuring Bootleg NES Jackie Chan vs Segata Sanshiro

Gentlemen.... lets get it on.......
Hahahahaha!

Quoting: whizseFascinating little nuggets of video game history these!

Now I can't help but wonder. What current celebrity would be most likely to act as a shill for the Steam Deck knockoff ROG Ally?
Uhhh... Bill Gates, I guess...?

Quoting: KoopacabrasSlightly related.
Here's some FamiClone argentine ads from the 90s for you delight
In some countries back then, there wasnt official stores or nintendo retailers so this chinese knock offs flooded the market, they were all basically the same hardware but with different branding and a different case.

this one was called electrolab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXjjOUHdTUo


Panavox clone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E04wBIGudFc

this one Turbogame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjBgYx_l5Go

here's a recap of the clones of the famicom on the 90s, mostly clones from latam, but also some that were sold in europe and russia are included.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjPnT7SLVHQ

These were really entertaining - thanks so much for the links!

Quoting: KoopacabrasMaybe those fami-clones had this game... its Kung Fu Mari, aka Mario 10 I think its a Jackie Chan game that they replaced Jackie with Mario

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTw-WuY35rY

its a ME a Mario errh... a Mari, forget Mario Bros, thats old this is Mario 10, new game, new name lmao
Haha, yes, let's inflate the number ludicrously to make it sound super-new!

The GIGANTIC Mario head on Jackie Chan's body in this hack always gets a laugh out of me. The sprites in the Pikachu-themed Barve Boy Kung Fu Pokechu variant are a bit disturbing, though!

Quoting: StoneColdSpiderWhat The F*** did I just watch????......
And I thought my Dick Trickle write ups were crazy..... I need to lift my game.......
You have SO much to learn about the batshit-insane world of Famiclones and bootleg games, Spider. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Last edited by Pengling on 4 December 2023 at 5:08 pm UTC
Koopacabras Dec 4, 2023
Quoting: PenglingYou have SO much to learn about the batshit-insane world of Famiclones and bootleg games, Spider. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
My favourite must be Grand Dad Mario
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2CoqTUbnlc

SilvaGunner song it's the ultimate tribute it really honors the grandiosity of the game (pun intended), Silva Gunner is a big fan of grand dad franchise lmao
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VcYz6KZtqs

Last edited by Koopacabras on 4 December 2023 at 8:18 pm UTC
Pengling Dec 4, 2023
Quoting: KoopacabrasMy favourite must be Grand Dad Mario
Every time I see it, I think of the now-iconic Vinesauce Joel reaction to it. "Grand. Dad. Fleenstones?!".

Bomberman's quite a regular on multicarts, sometimes in his regular form, and sometimes in odd hacks, like this one that pretends to be Toy Story. I don't think that there's ever been a funny reaction-video relating to this one, though.
Koopacabras Dec 5, 2023
Quoting: PenglingThe GIGANTIC Mario head on Jackie Chan's body in this hack always gets a laugh out of me. The sprites in the Pikachu-themed Barve Boy Kung Fu Pokechu variant are a bit disturbing, though!
kinda reminds me of Puckman Pockimon
https://youtu.be/iAeLekhMicE
Koopacabras Dec 5, 2023
that time when Grand Dad fought a Giant Kirby
https://youtu.be/-uNkE9B136I?si=wwBFdadFJM8vYced&t=1633
damn now I really want to play Grand Dad


Last edited by Koopacabras on 5 December 2023 at 4:05 pm UTC
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