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History of video games/Platforms/Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman

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History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The game of Mah-Jong has existed since at least the 1800's.[1] Mah-Jong became a popular game in Japan from the 1920's on, following its introduction from China.[2] Thus Nintendo would try to bring a portable electronic version of the popular board game to market.

Launch[edit | edit source]

Nintendo launched the Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman in 1983 for 16,800 yen.[3]

The Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman was succeeded by the Nintendo Game Boy, which would feature the return of the Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman brand as the 1989 GameBoy Yakuman cartridge. Unusually for a Nintendo console, the system has been poorly documented, and relatively little is known of its history.

Technology[edit | edit source]

The Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman uses a black and white dot matrix LCD.[3]

The Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman supported a link cable for multiplayer, becoming one of the first consoles to support a console to console communication standard by default.[3][4]

The Computer Mah-Jong Yakuman is powered by four AA batteries.[5] The system could also take 6V DC input.[6]

The console bore the model number MJ 8000.[5]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Walters, Ashley (15 July 2013). "From China to U.S., the game of mahjong shaped modern America, says Stanford scholar" (in en). Stanford University. https://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/july/humanities-mahjong-history-071513.html. 
  2. Matsutani, Minoru (15 June 2010). "Mah-jongg ancient, progressive". The Japan Times. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2010/06/15/reference/mah-jongg-ancient-progressive/. 
  3. a b c Voskuil, Geplaatst door Erik. "Nintendo Computer Mah-jong Yakuman (コンピュータ マージャン 役満, 1983)". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. Jan. 26, Benj Edwards (26 January 2017). "The Lost World of Early Nintendo Consoles". PCMag Asia. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. a b "Nintendo: Computer Mah-jong Yakuman - コンピュータ マージャン 役満 (vintage hand-held game)". HandheldEmpire. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  6. "コンピューターマージャン役満" (in ja). takuya matsubara blog. https://nicotakuya.hatenablog.com/entry/20081016/1224166871.