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Aladdin Deck “Enhancer” for NES

February 10th, 2010 by admin
The Aladdin Deck Enhancer for NES - them cheatin bastards

The Aladdin Deck Enhancer for NES - them cheatin bastards

Near the end of the NES life cycle, Camerica released the Aladdin Deck Enhancer, which was basically a passthrough cart for the NES that had built in RAM and “Security Circuitry” which would work around the 10NES Lock-Out chip. The Deck enhancer served two basic purposes.

1. It allowed Camerica to by-pass the lock-out chip in the NES, in order to create and sell unlicensed games without having to pay Nintendo.

2. It also allowed the games to be made cheaper. Normally each NES cart has some memory and other circuitry built in. With this stuff built into the “enhancer” the carts could be made with fewer parts.

So in other words, there was one basic purpose; to make more $$$.
The Aladdin Deck Enhancer ultimately failed, because the SNES and Genesis were on the horizon. But the Enhancer makes for a great conversation piece, and a very intersting part of gaming history. They are not very common, but can be found on ebay and amazon between $40 and $100.

I don’t have one of these yet, but it’s something I hope to get soon!

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