Datach

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Datach
Datach, with Dragon Ball Z, Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai
Developer(s) Bandai
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) Family Computer
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Barcode battling
Mode(s) One or Two player
Distribution cartridge

The Datach (データック Dētakku?) or Datach Joint ROM System, was an add-on accessory by Bandai for the Family Computer and was released on December 29, 1992. It was packaged with one game, Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai. Six other games that were released for it, including one of the last games for the Famicom system in 1994. It is one of two mini systems compatible with the NES/Famicom, the other being the Aladdin Deck Enhancer.

The Datach consists of a cartridge connection at its bottom, a central cartridge chamber on its back, with two spring-loaded pins on either side, which are pushed up when the unit is inserted into the Famicom, allowing the game to only be removed when the Datach has been removed from the Famicom.[1] Its main feature is the card reading slot on the front. The cartridges resemble half-size Famicom cartridges. One side of the cartridge is flat with title sticker, while the other side is sloped inward with notches on the left and right, which correspond to the spring pins on the main Datach unit. The cards that come with the games are swiped from left to right along the card slot; they are glossy on the front with an image of the character and the backs are smooth usually having the title of the game and barcode. All cartridges, boxes, instructions have the standard FF (Famicom Family) insignia, showing they are officially licensed by Nintendo.

Games[edit]

Seven games were made for the Datach. The first was packaged with the Datach and the remaining ones were released separately.

Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai[edit]

Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai (ドラゴンボールZ。 激闘天下一武道会?) literally Dragon Ball Z: Fierce Fighting Best on Earth Martial Arts Assembly. It was released on December 29 1992, along with the initial release of the Datach, it came with 40 cards[2] which have images from the anime series Dragon Ball Z. See main article Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai.

Ultraman Club: Spokon Fight!![edit]

Ultraman Club: Spokon Fight!! (ウルトラマン倶楽部。 スポ根ファイト!!?) literally Ultraman Club: Sports Hearted Fight!! It was released on April 23, 1993, it was one of two Datach games released that day. Features the classic Ultraman characters in sports related settings.

SD Gundam: Gundam Wars[edit]

SD Gundam: Gundam Wars (SDガンダム。 ガンダムウォーズ?) was released on April 23 1993, it was one of two Datach games released that day. It is based on the SD Gundam anime series and toy line.

Crayon Shin-Chan: Orato Poi Poi[edit]

Crayon Shin-Chan: Orato Poi Poi (クレヨンしんちゃん オラとポイポイ?) was released on August 27, 1993, the same day as a Famicom version of the game. It stars the famous Japanese character Crayon Shin-chan.

Yū Yū Hakusho: Bakutō Ankoku Bujutsue[edit]

Yū Yū Hakusho: Bakutō Ankoku Bujutsue (幽遊白書。 爆闘暗黒武術会?) literally "Ghost Files: Explosive Fighting Martial Arts Assembly" was released on October 22, 1993, and is based on the Manga series YuYu Hakusho.

Battle Rush: Build Up Robot Tournament[edit]

(バトルラッシュ?) Battle Rush: Build Up Robot Tournament, was released on November 13, 1993, and is a robot creating and fighting game.

J-League: Super Top Players[edit]

(Jリーグ スーパートッププレイヤーズ?) J-League Super Top Players was released on April 22 1994, it is a soccer simulation game with barcodes for the players skills.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instruction Manual page 4.
  2. ^ Instructions page 2