Nintendo Famicom Disk System USB Adapter ‘FDSStick’ ROM Loader Now Available

FDSStick-USB-Famicom-Disk-System-AdapterThe Japanese exclusive add-on to the Nintendo Famicom known as the Disk System allowed the 8-bit console to load games from a re-writable source. Although anything but floppy, the yellow cased disks worked exactly like a standard 3.5” equivalent. Instead of writing games onto disk yourself, you’d either buy them brand new or head to a Nintendo FDS Kiosk and select your game of choice - very much like a vending machine. As of today though, the format itself is very clunky and the hardware often suffers from degradation. This, however, is no longer an issue thanks to an all new solution, the FDSStick.

For those unfamiliar with the Famicom Disk System, many of the units out there are now in need of repair due to the belt which reads the disks becoming dry and brittle. While replacement parts are still available if you look online, the procedure itself is rather tedious and it’s only a matter of time before the disks themselves will become unreadable due to bit rot.

The newly released FDSStick aims to remedy all of these issues with a simple solution - one that means you don’t even need the disk drive to be attached. This thumbstick sized adapter comes with a USB port on one end, and a cartridge style connector on the other. By simply connecting this into the RAM Adapter which plugs into the Nintendo Famicom, all the functionality of the Famicom Disk System will be imitated. You’ll have the option of choosing between a small selection of games you’ve written into memory too, with an on-board button allowing you to switch between disks and which side of the disk you want to read.

Getting games onto the FDSStick can be a little tricky, as the bundled software requires you to type your choices into a command line prompt. Nevertheless those interested will be pleased to know that the device is now on sale at a number of locations for around $33. Don’t forget though, the Everdrive N8 flash cartridge is compatible with FDS images too and doesn't need any additional hardware, should you be looking for a simpler solution.

FDSStick (Nintendo Famicom Disk System USB Adapter) In Action

Link: Buy FDSStick USB Adapter (UK & International Orders)

Link: Buy FDSStick USB Adapter (USA Orders)

Further Reading: FDSStick Tutorial & Setup Instructions

Last Updated ( 10 August 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) CeciliaIcesnow 2015-08-11 06:11
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