Pegasus (console)

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Pegasus
Type Video game console
Media ROM cartridge
CPU 1.779 MHz 8-bit MOS 6502

Pegasus was a video game system sold in Poland, Serbia, and Bosnia. It was a hardware clone of the Nintendo Famicom.

Hardware[edit]

A 'Pegasus' game console, with gamepad and cartridge.
Processor 8-bit MOS 6502 1,79 MHz
Video Clock 5.37 MHz
Resolution 256×240
Colour Palette 25 on screen
(out of 64 possible)
Standard NTSC ("forced" to PAL standard, 50 Hz refresh rate)
Sound 5-channel mono 1 channel noise
1 PCM
3 channels for sounds
Media ROM cartridge
(Nintendo 60-pin equivalent)

Background[edit]

This particular Famiclone was hugely popular in Poland, Serbia, and Bosnia, where it has gained cult status, and is still widely available on auction websites and flea markets.

The system was manufactured in Taiwan by Micro Genius, and was built to resemble Nintendo's Famicom. Pegasus, like most known Famicom clones, was compatible with 60-pin Famicom cartridges, and partially compatible with some NES games, which could be played using a special converter. Original Nintendo games weren't popular however, due to raging piracy and lack of officially licensed products on the market. The majority of the games sold with and for the system were cheap pirated copies, manufactured mostly in Russia and China. Games for Pegasus are widely available in Poland to this day, mostly on street markets and in small toy stores.

The typical retail set included the system, two detachable controllers (both with "turbo" buttons, which meant 4 buttons in total; 6-button controllers also existed.), a light gun (very similar in design to NES Zapper), power supply, RF cable, as well as audio-video RCA connectors. The system itself did not include any built-in games, but was bundled with a pirated cartridge labelled "Contra 168-in-1", which contained a few of the best-known NES titles, like Contra, Super Mario Bros., and Tetris, listed multiple times with slight variations. Most of the games had a "trainer" feature, which allowed the player to adjust the number of lives, and even the starting level of the game.

The 8-bit Pegasus was originally released in two versions:

  • MT777DX
  • IQ-502 (much rounder casing with controller ports on the sides of the system and an eject button instead of a lever, manufactured by Micro Genius)

There was also a 16-bit version of the Pegasus system, known as "Power Pegasus 16-bit", a clone of Sega Mega Drive.

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