Greatest Of 2020: Nintendo Console Codenames And Product Codes

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Over the vacation season we’ll be republishing a sequence of Nintendo Life articles, interviews and different options from the earlier twelve months that we think about to be our Better of 2020. Hopefully, this offers you an opportunity to compensate for items you missed, or just take pleasure in trying again on a 12 months which did have some highlights — sincere!

This function was initially printed in Might 2020.


In case you occur to have any official Nintendo console or peripheral at hand, flip it over and hidden within the legalese and small print on the underside you will discover a code which generally begins with three letters. Flip over your Change, for instance, and you will find the code HAC-001, with an additional (-01) in case you’ve received the revised mannequin with the higher battery life.

These product codes have been a part of Nintendo’s {hardware} for the reason that starting and you will find them on each single Nintendo-made, cartridge, disc, accent and peripheral. Slide the left Pleasure-Con off your Change and you will see its HAC-015 designation on the again (the appropriate one is HAC-016); the Pleasure-Con grip that comes with the console is HAC-011; the Professional Controller HAC-013; Change sport carts are HAC-008; the Ring-Con HAC-022; the velcro Pleasure-Con wrap thingy HAC-023

However past internally cataloguing each peripheral beneath a console’s umbrella, do these designations have any that means? Right this moment we’ll take a tour of all Nintendo’s console {hardware} product codes and have a look at the place they arrive from. A few of their origins are well-known (or apparent), whereas others are identified solely to the Nintendo engineers who named them.

We knew many of the codes beneath already, however the ones we did not required checking the again of our personal consoles, or heading to the Maru-Chang webpage for just a few of the extra obscure ones.

We start with the trusty Nintendo Leisure System, or Famicom in Japan…

Famicom (HVC) / NES (NES)

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In Nintendo’s homeland the Famicom and its equipment carried the designation HVC, or ‘Residence Video Laptop’. The primary console unit is at all times ‘-001’ and the AC adaptor is usually ‘-002’, with controllers coming after that. The Famicom’s controllers had been related to the bottom console, although, so that they did not get a separate code. The RF change did, although (HVC-003), as did the Famicom 3D System pictured above, and an entire lot extra.

Within the West, the Nintendo Leisure System received Nintendo’s most clear of product codes: NES. Notable peripherals included the principle management pad (NES-004), the Zapper (NES-005) and, after all, the Cleansing Package (NES-030).

Recreation Boy (DMG) / Recreation Boy Pocket (MGB) / Recreation Boy Shade (CGB)

Maybe essentially the most well-known of Nintendo’s product codes, the unique Recreation Boy has come to be generally referred to as the DMG(-01) with a purpose to differentiate it from a bunch of {hardware} variants that adopted. DMG stands for Dot Matrix Recreation and references the system’s show.

The Recreation Boy Pocket carried the product code MGB-001, with ‘Mini Recreation Boy’ being the most probably clarification given the pattern of the remainder of the Recreation Boy console household. The Recreation Boy Mild (a Japan-only backlit model of the {hardware}) was designated MGB-101 consistent with a number of different console redesigns (such because the NES-101 / HVC-101).

The Recreation Boy Shade received the CGB product code… as a result of it was a Shade Recreation Boy.

Tremendous Famicom (SHVC) / Tremendous NES (SNS/SNSP)

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In Japan the Tremendous Famicom adopted on logically from its predecessor and was recognized because the SHVC-001, or the ‘Tremendous Residence Video Laptop’. Issues modified for the North American launch the place it grew to become the SNS-001 (Tremendous Nintendo System), and in Europe it was the SNSP-001 (the ‘P’ doubtless stands for ‘PAL’). Controllers had been -005 and Recreation Paks (or cartridges to everybody besides Nintendo) had been -006.

Digital Boy (VUE)

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The Digital Boy (VUE-001) supplied fairly a visit if its product code is to be believed; a ‘Digital Utopia Expertise’, apparently. Personally, we might have gone for the extra correct ‘MIN-001’ – Migraine-Inducing Nightmare, though the Tamagotchi-style Pokémon Mini console used that product code. Be happy to depart your individual options within the feedback, although.

Recreation Boy Advance (AGB) / Recreation Boy Advance SP (AGS) / Recreation Boy Micro (OXY)

Following go well with with the MGB and the CGB, the Recreation Boy Advance was labelled the AGB-001, or ‘Superior Recreation Boy’. Different vital peripherals included the great ol’ AGB-005 (the GBA hyperlink cable) and the even-sexier AGB-015 (the Wi-fi Adaptor).

The up to date clamshell Recreation Boy Advance SP received a wholly totally different code: AGS – Superior Recreation Boy Particular, maybe? Whereas we will make sense of that product code with an informed guess, the origins of the Recreation Boy Micro’s OXY-001 code is not as simple to divine. Maybe it refers back to the oxytocin launched by our pituitary gland each time we gaze upon that console’s minuscule magnificence? To the typical grownup, the Micro is crippling to play for any size of time, however my phrase is it an attractive little morsel.

Nintendo 64 (NUS)

The trusty NUS-005. We don't care what you think - we like it!
The trusty NUS-005. We do not care what you assume – we prefer it! (Picture: Nintendo Life)

The Nintendo 64 was initially to be referred to as the Extremely 64 (Extremely is best than Tremendous, natch), though Nintendo determined in opposition to that comparatively late into the console’s growth. It was codenamed Venture Actuality whereas Nintendo and Silicon Graphics, Inc had been engaged on it, however the product code on the ultimate {hardware} mirrored the console’s unique title: NUS (the Nintendo Extremely Sixty-four).

Different notable peripherals (and the N64 had loads of ‘Paks’) embrace the Rumble Pak (NUS-013), the Enlargement Pak (NUS-007), the Switch Pak (NUS-019) and that very important little device, the Jumper Pak Ejector (NUS-012).

Where would we be without this little chap? Raiding the cutlery draw, that's where.
The place would we be with out this little chap? Raiding the cutlery draw, that is the place. (Picture: Nintendo Life)

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