The Power Joy Classic TV Game II

Hey guys! Recently I went and got my second famiclone, the Power-Joy Classic TV Game:

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I know that it says “Power-Joy” instead of “Power Joy II”. In fact, the packaging (which I don’t have) doesn’t say “Power Joy II” either. But this model was marketed as the Power Joy II. There was an earlier model that was advertised as just Power Joy, though. But the only difference is the included multicart (which I’ll get to in a minute).

The publisher of this thing (Trump Grand Ltd.) was obviously trying to imitate a Nintendo 64 controller, but it’s a little different.

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Alright, here’s the way the buttons are mapped on the power joy:

D-Pad: Same as the D-Pad on the normal Famicom/NES.
Analog Stick: Acts as an additional D-Pad.
The buttons that correspond to the N64’s C pad: A, B, autofire A, and Autofire B.
The higher up purple button: Start.
The lower down purple button: Select.
Button in the middle of the controller: Restart button.
The switch in the middle: The power switch.

It also has a light gun build right in. Let’s look at the back:

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At the bottom it has a port for a second controller (which I don’t have). And also, see that button there that would correspond to the Z button on an N64 controller? That’s the zapper gun trigger. And here’s the end you’re supposed to point at the TV:

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This means that now I can play my copy of Duck Hunt, and it turns out I’m pretty good at it.

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Moving on, the thing is powered off of four AAA batteries. I’ve heard some other people on the internet say it runs off of AA batteries, but mine definitely doesn’t.

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I’ve also heard that there is an adapter that lets it be plugged into the wall, but I don’t have it.

If you turn it on, this little LED lights up:

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Now to hook it up to the TV. It has hardwired AV cables, so I don’t have to go around trying to find any. That’s pretty neat. If you turn it on without a cartridge (which as you’ve probably guessed plugs into the back of the controller) then you’ll find that the Power Joy has a multicart built right in:

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(I should point out that some other models of the Power Joy don’t have the same multicart built in. I’ll be talking about the multicart built into mine.) Hm, it says 10-in-1, and it has some music playing in the background. If you press a button, it will take you to the game select screen:

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Well, let’s start up the first game, Shoot Copter 100. It doesn’t have a title screen, and you’ll get taken directly into the gameplay:

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It’s a hack of Duck Hunt where you shoot helicopters. Hm. Moving on, let’s check out Falling Bricks 200:

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It’s a hack of Tengen’s Tetris. They changed the title screen to look like this and they also changed the background colors and they changed the blocks to have different shapes:

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Hm. That’s weird. Let’s try out Shoot Copters 300. Well, it turns out to just be the same as Shoot Copter 100, except there are two helicopters onscreen at once. I’m not going to put a picture here, since it’s basically the same game. Next off is Panzer Fly Car 400:

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It is probably a hack of some Famicom racing game, but whatever it is, I haven’t played it.

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The next game is Debar Bomb 1 500:

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It’s a hack of Hogan’s Alley.

On to the next game, Shooting 600. It’s a hack of some famicom light gun game where you have to shoot a bunch of airplanes to make them bounce higher into the air, and you have to keep them all off the ground in order to win. My phone isn’t focusing on the TV because the background is all black, so I’m sorry but you can’t have any screenshots.

On to the next game, Debar Bomb 2 701.

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It’s another hack of Hogan’s Alley, with the same things you are supposed to shoot.

On to Future Tank 802:

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It’s a hack of Battle City! Remember Tank A 1990, the other hack of Battle City? Well, this was hacked by the same company, Yanshan Software, and it’s a hack of the same game.

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I guess you play as beetles that have guns? Or something? Tank bugs? I dunno.

Moving on to the next game, Space War 903:

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Sounds like Star Wars, but it’s no. It’s a hack of some Namco game. (I don’t remember the name of it. I’ll write here if I can remember the name of the game)

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Onto the next and final game, Shoot 000.

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It’s another hack of Duck Hunt.

Well, those built-in games were interesting, but what might be more interesting is the multicart that the thing comes with.

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This is how you tell if you have a Power Joy I or a Power Joy II. The Power Joy I has a 64-in-1 cartridge and the ID number is PJ-001. This multicart has lots of repeats of the games. The Power Joy II has an 84-in-1 multicart with fewer repeats and an ID number of PJ-008. There are actually two different known versions of the PJ-008 cartridge, which have identical labels but slightly different selections of games. Anyway, I’m writing about my copy. Here’s the game select screen:

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Here’s the list of games (titles listed exactly as they are in the menu, including typos):

  • 80 Days
  • 1942
  • Arkanoid
  • Aladdin III (hack of Magic Carpet 101, not Hummer Team’s game.)
  • Argus
  • Adisland
  • Ascii
  • Arabian
  • Badminton
  • Baltron
  • B-Wings
  • Balloon Fight
  • Bird Week
  • Boomman (I think that this is a hack of Bomberman)
  • Brush Roller
  • Clay Shoot
  • Chack and Pop
  • Circus Charlie
  • City Connection
  • Challenger
  • Dig Dug
  • Dough Boy
  • Druaga
  • Devil World
  • Dingdong
  • Door Door
  • Dynamite Brawl
  • Elevator Action
  • Exertion
  • Formation Z
  • Front Line
  • Fire Dragon
  • Flappy
  • Flippull
  • Field Combat
  • Galaga
  • Galg
  • Geimos
  • Gyrodine
  • Gotcha
  • Galaxians
  • Gradius
  • Hyper Olympic
  • Joust
  • Karateka
  • Kage
  • Lode Runner
  • Lunar Ball
  • Macross
  • Magic Jewellry (pirate original)
  • Magmax
  • Mappy
  • Millipede
  • Ninja Fighter
  • Ninja II
  • Nuts and Milk
  • Othello
  • Pooyan
  • Pac Land
  • Pandamar (hack of Super Mario Bros. that I’ll get to in a minute)
  • Penguin
  • Route 16
  • Raid on Bay
  • Road Fighter
  • Soccer
  • Sky Destroyer
  • Space Et
  • Star Gate
  • Star Force
  • Son Son
  • Spartan
  • Spelunker
  • Spy vs. Spy
  • Sqoon
  • Star Luster
  • Tag Team
  • Tank
  • Twin Bee
  • Wrestling
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Wisdom
  • Warp Man
  • Xevious
  • Zippy Race

Most interesting of all of this is Pandamar. It’s a hack of a hack of Super Mario Bros. There was a hack of Super Mario Bros. made by Steepler (who also made a line of famiclones called Dendy) that replaced the title screen and corrupted some of the music. Here’s the title screen:

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Hacked Super Mario Bros. Title Screen

Then later on, another company called Inventor hacked that to replace Mario with a Panda and change the Music and change a bunch of the other graphics, too.

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That’s the hack that appears on this multicart. There were some other companies that went and made hacks of Pandamar. I bought one, but it hasn’t come in the mail yet. I’ll write about it here when it does.

If you want to play this game, you have two options: Go and buy one, or emulate it. I’ve heard that the ROM for this thing has been dumped, so if you can find the ROM you can play this game on an emulator.

That’s it for now, guys. Bye!

[UPDATE] Oh! I forgot to mention that since this thing runs on NES on a chip technology, so I can play all of my games that use compressed graphics, like my game circuit boards and some other stuff.

[ANOTHER UPDATE] I tested it and the included multicart will run on non-NES on a chip famiclones.

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  1. The Future Tank is made by Yanshan Software (also known as YS) in 2001 (who created Tank 1990 also). Space War is a hack of Exerion.

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