Camerica

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Camerica was a company owned and operated by David J. Harding and Alan Smith. It was founded in the 1980's through to economic crash in 1992. It was a company of many various items in the warehouse and multiple categories. The leading area was the wholesale association with giftware. Many different items were sold that included Waterford Crystal, Blue Mountain Pottery, and many others. The Sear's Catalog contracted Camerica to have placed items in their pictures to increase the beauty of their catalog.

They also produced various video games that were notable for producing unlicensed Nintendo Entertainment System games and hardware. It created a number of peripherals for the NES, including the Aladdin Deck Enhancer. Camerica had the rights to publish most of Codemasters' game titles, both on the NES and the Deck Enhancer. Thor Aackerlund was a spokesperson for the brand. Unfortunately, this was the area that caused the majority of the economic losses to the Corporation.

Camerica created many early peripherals for the NES, such as Supersonic The Joystick, a wireless controller add-on.[1] Nintendo sued Camerica and their USA distributor, Galoob Toy many times. Camerica and Galoob Toy prevailed every time. There were lawsuits in California, New York and Canada. Nintendo had to pay Galoob Toy US$15,000,000 in damages over one of those lawsuits.

Since Camerica still lacked license to produce NES games, they had to create their own cartridges that would bypass Nintendo's lock-out chip. Like the circuit used in Color Dreams cartridges, the Camerica lock-out defeat generated glitch pulses that froze the chip. The cartridges they made were shaped slightly differently from Nintendo's cartridges, though they still fit in the NES. The most notable difference however was in color; all Camerica cartridges were gold and later silver. They also featured a switch for play on European NES consoles.

Camerica released the Codemasters-designed Game Genie in Canada and the UK.

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  1. ^ "Supersonic The Joystick". NintendoAge. n.d. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 

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