The Legend of Zelda (Famicom) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / June 8th, 2015

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  • June 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

    whoa whoa whoa, your famicom was modded with av out in your console set up vid mike, get your vids in order..jk

    • June 8, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Maybe you are thinking of my Retron 5 or something. I do not have a modded Famicom. Though I just picked up a “New Famicom” the other day. Essentially the equivalent of the NES top loader.

      • June 8, 2015 at 1:30 am

        Must be, or maybe a modded top loader.

      • June 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        Yeah the new Famicom in Japan had the A/V out, for some reason they decided to release the new top loader NES in America with only R/F output. If you happen to get your hands on a South American NES top loader it had A/V output.

        Or just get a Retron 5, or mod your top loader with the A/V capabilities (it’s way cheaper to get a Retron 5)

      • July 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

        It’s not modded. And TRE SELOR is wrong. America DID get the AV Top Loader, but only briefly and Nintendo cut the cost of production by quickly removing the AV Jacks.

      • Alex Doucet

        July 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        Off topic but I just picked up the retron 5 and it is awesome. Although I still feel it could use some improvements. I’ve heard that there is a mod were you can load emulator roms directly to the retron 5 system, rather than using the cartridges.

    • Don Skiver

      June 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      I think you’re thinking of his top loader NES because in his console hookup vid he shows that his Famicom is hooked up through coax (and still sitting on his coffee table).

  • June 8, 2015 at 12:18 am

    My ad for the video was in spanish? What the deuce?

  • doublesbrian

    June 8, 2015 at 12:24 am


    If you’re interested I can mod your famicom for either AV or for S-Video. either one. Just let me know and I’d be more than happy to buy the chip and mod it for you. Or I can buy a famicom, mod it, send it to you, and you send me your famicom back. Email me at [email protected]


  • June 8, 2015 at 12:25 am

    That was awesome with the microphone!

  • Chauncey1

    June 8, 2015 at 12:27 am

    This was a good episode I really enjoyed the nostalgic feeling.

  • Goro3d

    June 8, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Pretty cool and if anyone wants to get it for pc go to and get your copy its completely free and legal. Armageddon games supports it and it has gamepad support but you gotta set it up yourself but otherwise its great!
    Thanks Mike and James awesome video keep it up!

    • Cyberxion

      June 9, 2015 at 2:46 am

      The engine itself is legal, but the quests that are 1-1 copies of the original Zelda are not in fact legal.

      Not that it really matters. The engine is worth checking out for the original content more than anything. Folks can just download a rom, and if they’re interested in the original LoZ most probably already have.

  • June 8, 2015 at 1:00 am

    This game looks good.

  • June 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I have that shirt James have i only wore it twice. I just don’t wear it anymore because well he’s naked.

  • Evan Powers

    June 8, 2015 at 1:30 am

    James, is that some sort of tattoo on your arm?

  • Rennie Page

    June 8, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Well excyyyuuuussse me! HAHAHA I lost my shit on that part! I used to watch that series every morning before school. Also the super Mario brothers super show with that terrible terrible “live action Mario” guy. He used to piss me off.


    June 8, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Or you can play on emulators and use any controller you want including wireless controllers.

  • June 8, 2015 at 2:31 am

    No need to mod the Famicom, just get the model 2 AV Famicom!
    Solves the short controller cable problems as well, as you can use whatever controller you want with it.

  • Arc Nova

    June 8, 2015 at 3:20 am

    James and Mic Monday. :>

  • Johan Öberg

    June 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

    And none of you noticed that this version of the game is literally called Zelda 1…?

  • June 8, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Never knew about that Microphone thing, pretty cool.
    RF switch makes me want to vomit.

  • June 8, 2015 at 4:59 am

    5 minute talking in a 13 minute video before you play? 🙁 I miss the long videos and when I saw the title I thought you guys are actually playing thru the entire game 🙁 But these short videos can barely even make my monday better

  • June 8, 2015 at 6:26 am

    that microphone audio reminded me of this:

  • Uncle Sporkums

    June 8, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Great how you guys finally managed to access the microphone in Zelda to kill the Pol’s Voices. Your dialogue speaking into it was hilarious as well. It made me feel like a kid again.

  • GinChan

    June 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Hey Mike there is actually a Famicom that exists that does have AV inputs and that would be the twin Famicom. Thats a way to play it legit better than coaxial. it is kinda expensive on ebay tho.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    June 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

    You guys need to take a look at The Witcher 3. It’s like Zelda for adults. And it has boobs.

  • Pablo1989

    June 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I guess microphone from Laserscope dont work, 😀 still rymenber that AVGN EP where Nerd shout F.CK to kill duck in Duck Hunt.

  • June 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Great episode!
    I’d love to see a review or NES originals, Genesis originals, SNES, etc. One system per month and each month is another game.

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    June 8, 2015 at 10:41 am


  • Joker83

    June 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Excellent video, your stories of playing Zelda as kids really brings me back to my own similar experiences. Trading Zelda tips and hints with the other kids on buses and at recess, good times, great memories

    • June 9, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Jurassic Park SNES… Literally drawing maps for the “3D” sections.

      I’d do it again.

    • ToadRoad

      June 11, 2015 at 1:19 am

      I remember sharing mortal kombat moves with other kids.

  • June 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Wired this dates back to the AVGN NES Accessories video where he killed birds by saying fuck. I had friend over one time and dad asked him lave because he killed a duck with word dick.

  • pj0T

    June 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Another great Monday episode! I really enjoyed it! That microphone joke was pure gold!

  • June 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Khaleesi’s Neverending Story (SPOILERS) #GameofThrones

  • stoney_1

    June 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    LMAO!! We should all be able to talk to Link lol

  • Smokingspoon

    June 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    So did she ban that sword for shooting lasers? xD

    A Link Between Worlds is MAGNIFICENT. Lttp was my favorite before that one. I recommend any veterans to play that game on hero mode (hard mode) right away. It made the game much better.

  • urnapple

    June 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Week 2 of 52: I would like to request ‘Archon’

  • June 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Another cool James & Mike video.

  • Eschia Mousehold

    June 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    You should have shouted FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!

  • jasonjrf

    June 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I don’t know how you guys do it but everything James and Mike and Bootsy and whoever else is involved with stuff put out is gold. James and Mike mondays, AVGN, Movie Reviews, Mike and Ryan just everything is gold. Love it all. Everything is very well produced and great content. Keep it up guys. I wouldn’t mind seeing a new show or some more content with a lot more Bootsy though he seems like a super awesome dude and is very likable. The world demands more Bootsy.

  • Don Skiver

    June 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    “Does his sword shoot?”

    I wish kids creativity weren’t stifled at school the way it is… I can remember the same kind of bullshit rules when I was a kid (went to grade school on the west coast, same time as James). I get it that you don’t want kids “playing war” or whatever, but let kids just fucking play, alright? There’s PLENTY of time to brainwash our youth into fitting in with our consumerism culture, appeasing our corporate overlords. Let kids be kids for a while. They’ll be working in cubicles before you know it.

  • jerry lowe

    June 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Why did the Famicom and Sega Mark III console controllers have such super short cord???

    • david ferrara

      June 12, 2015 at 12:46 am

      super famicom control is super short as well…. you have to remember in japan people arent all jacked up on hormones from dairy products so the people there arent genetic freaks like over here… bascally they are smaller people

    • July 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      They sat on the floor.

  • Tom Veilleux

    June 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I’m with you, James. Link To The Past is my favorite video game of all time.

  • June 8, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I think the channel 95 is actually the channel you would tune into on a US TV that supports cable-ready. Many VCRs had such cable tuners that could pick up the CATV frequencies provided you had cable TV that was not scrambled coming into your house. Those channels went up to 99 on mamany VCRs. Perhaps ch 95 on this setup just happens to match one of the Japanese channels they use for baseband NTSC (a la ch 3 & 4 on US TVs).

  • Velocium

    June 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Hey James, I was wondering if you can do an episode of JMM with Zombies Ate My Neighbors as the game. You’re going to love this game, man, if you hadn’t played it before. And if you do, I hope it’s like how you did the contra episode; an entire run through, and uncut.

    A classic game for a classic show.

    I will be praying every single day, till the day I see ZAMN. Haha


    The Fan,
    Cesar Loya

    • ToadRoad

      June 9, 2015 at 1:48 am

      That’s a tough game to beat though. Especially if it turns out he hasn’t ever played it.

      • Velocium

        June 9, 2015 at 3:28 am

        I bet he has. It’s the perfect t game for him. It has all the classic movie monsters that he’s talked about over the years. And yea, it might be a long game for an episode. I guess some cutting would be necessary.

        I hope James or Mike come across this my comment tho. It be hella awesome if either them took this into consideration. Haha

  • Wayne

    June 9, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I was hoping that Nestopia emulator could let you input sound via the microphone since it allows you to set up the “mic” in the controller configuration, but I couldn’t get it to work regardless of the controller I set it up for. I tried it on The Legend of Zelda (.nes) (1986), Zelda no Densetsu 1 (.nes) (1992), and Zelda no Densetsu (.fds) (1986).

    From what I read, the US version removed the ability to destroy the Pols Voice with sound input and replaced it with weakening the Pols Voice with arrows. I didn’t play too much of Zelda no Densetsu, but it was interesting how the .fds version was different… after the intro, you actually have to use the flip disk option in order to start playing the game… I also noticed the sound effects were slightly different.

    There are supposedly other Famicom games that use the microphone… Hikari Shinwa – Palutena no Kagami (Kid Icarus) [the microphone lowers shop prices] and Atlantis no Nazo (Super Pitfall II) [with the microphone power-up, using the microphone freezes enemies] are a couple of game titles that most people would recognize from the US versions.

  • June 9, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Being able to kill enemies with your voice in a game might not seem like such a big deal now days, but as a kid I would’ve absolutely enjoyed. Kind of like when my dad bought the Intellivoice for the Intelivision console- only worked with B-17 Bomber, and the voice in the game sounded shitty. But back then it was an awesome and unique experience. Man, those were the days…

  • Salculd

    June 9, 2015 at 4:36 am

    That bit at the end reminiscing about Zelda’s impact on a personal level was great. It’s kind of funny.. it came out about six months after I was born, and my brother and sister had a copy. I actually remember sitting in a box watching them play it once, but I was probably closer to 2 then–it’s one of the earliest memories I still have. I remember part of my motivation for learning to read being that I really wanted to play it for myself. (Then a little while after I succeeded at that, it backfired when I deleted my sister’s save in Ultima 3 right before she was ready to go to Exodus’ castle. IT’S BEEN 26 YEARS I SWEAR TO GOD I’M SO SORRY)

  • June 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Seeing James Cockadookie those abominations was a perfect moment.

  • June 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Personally, my favorite Zelda game is Wind Waker.

  • June 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

    lmaooo “link im sorry to say… you wil be put in some CDI games” this was awesome

  • Aaron1375

    June 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Any other games that microphone work with?

    • ToadRoad

      June 11, 2015 at 1:22 am

      I wondered that too. It reminds me of that one light switch in a lot of houses that seems to serve no purpose. Until the one day you figure out its one miniscule function for existence.

  • OmegaDez

    June 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I was confused for a while thinking you were playing the American version even though you were saying it was the Famicom one. And then I noticed the Famicom Zelda uses the same font and sound effects as the US version, and not the Famicom Disk System fonts and sound effects… You learn new stuff everyday!

    You should have played the FDS one. It’s so much more unsettling when you’re used to the US version. 🙂

  • Night-X

    June 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Funny that no one made a Famicom controller for NES yet.

  • June 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Great episode guy, although I found it to,be a little short…

  • Captn Gore

    June 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    woa that was awesome! my whole life now actually makes sense.

  • Mark Knight

    June 11, 2015 at 8:17 am

    RIP Christopher Lee

  • Jose Soriano

    June 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    This map came with The original USA version of The Legend of Zelda? or is a gift from Nintendo Power Magazine?

  • david ferrara

    June 12, 2015 at 12:30 am

    fuck av get it modded for RGB SCART

  • david ferrara

    June 12, 2015 at 12:39 am

    skywared sword is without a doubt the best zelda

  • mike420

    June 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    hell yes

  • mike420

    June 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    thats cool u can kill em wit the mic be u can be like get the fuck outta here bitches

  • mike420

    June 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    i gtta play link to the past i started one awhile back but never finished it

  • June 13, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    You guys should play Dark Souls or Bloodborne. Dark Souls is probably the closest a modern game has come to replicating the feeling of exploration and secrecy produced by the original Legend of Zelda.

  • June 14, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Man do I love these videos, I’ve watched and re=watched just about every episode on this website since 2013. Thanks so much for all the hours of work that went into everything you guys do, and thank you for all the laughs.

  • MewMeow

    June 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Great review!
    If only the controller cords were longer…

  • MewMeow

    June 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    That green tape….

  • Tim Badger

    June 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Review True Lies on Sega genesis. I personally love that game but everyone else I know hate it

  • June 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    It’s nice to see curated footage of these beautiful old games but the two Americans talking over it are a bit exhausting.

  • Benjamin McElvany

    June 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hate to burst your bubble guys…but Coaxial is actually one of the best methods to hook up AV signals. Blows the standard RCA cables (A/V) out of the water. It can technically match HDMI cables for audio/video quality.

  • VanGoghX

    June 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Those of you who haven’t seen the Zelda manual in a while might get a kick seeing the section on Pols Voice from page 36 of the manual.
    It states:
    Pols Voice
    A ghost with big ears and a weak point – he hates loud noise.

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  • January 10, 2016 at 6:09 am

    you guys are fuckin funny…

  • January 10, 2016 at 6:13 am

    But c’mon guys… what about dragon warrior??

  • May 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

    It’s funny, in Argentina the Famicon was more common than the NES, although we called it the Family Game. Plus the version we got didn’t have the controllers hardwired to the console, so you could just go and buy another one, plug it in and be good to go

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