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Chapter 352: New 3D System to be a hit
June 29, 1987

Nintendo and Sony said that they wanted to work on a U.S. release of the Nintendo Cassette System this fall, as publicity demonstrated by the Summer CES 1987. Sun Corporation of America brought Dragon's Lair and Space Ace to the Cassette System.

These two titles were full motion video action adventure games.

The Nintendo 3D System also applied to the Super Mario Bros. 3 cassette game, in which people would wear 3D glasses, in a 3D game segment.

Sony says they're developing some technology made for the Famicom. It is said that the new Nintendo 3D System was to be a hit. It is expected that they would start with Square's title Rad Racer.
 
Do FMV’s in Nintendo Cassette System games have the same exact quality as normal VHS tapes or is the colour in those FMV’s more limited due to the Nintendo Cassette System’s technical limitations?
 
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Chapter 353: Sony to develop Famicom addon technology
July 6, 1987

Sony Corporation, a Japanese media giant who would develop the Nintendo Cassette System is developing two new addons for the Family Computer. One was an add-on designed to compete with the Sega Mark III's FM Sound Unit, called Famicom FM Sound System, designed to enhanced the sound output of Family Computer games, adding extra mono channels to the Ricoh 2A03, with a custom cip output.

The other was Famicom Highcolor System, an add-on for high-color output, designed for 4096 colors. It will work with all the Famicom, Famicom Cassette System and the Famicom Disk System games.

These projects were led by Sony employees (IOTL's PlayStation has been butterflied away).

It is expected that Sony said they hopes that they would come out early next year, and led by a development team of Sony staff.
 
Chapter 354: Fox to launch new night
July 11, 1987

The Fox Broadcasting Company is launching a second night on Saturday. This time, Down and Out in Beverly Hills will air first, followed by The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, the half-hour drama Werewolf and the Patty Duke comedy Karen's Song.

The Saturday night block appeals to most Fox affiliates, including WLVI-TV in Boston, which was one of Fox's largest affiliates, along with WTAF-TV in Philadelphia and KTVU in San Francisco.

Fox has in hopes to expand more programming to Monday and Friday nights in the future, if any of the show succeeded.

It is reported that Fox was in the works to do a daytime game show, a first in television history, Wipeout, by the fall of 1987.

(Thanks to @stratonascar for help)
 
July 6, 1987

Sony Corporation, a Japanese media giant who would develop the Nintendo Cassette System is developing two new addons for the Family Computer. One was an add-on designed to compete with the Sega Mark III's FM Sound Unit, called Famicom FM Sound System, designed to enhanced the sound output of Family Computer games, adding extra mono channels to the Ricoh 2A03, with a custom cip output.

The other was Famicom Highcolor System, an add-on for high-color output, designed for 4096 colors. It will work with all the Famicom, Famicom Cassette System and the Famicom Disk System games.

These projects were led by Sony employees (IOTL's PlayStation has been butterflied away).

It is expected that Sony said they hopes that they would come out early next year, and led by a development team of Sony staff.
I wonder if Nintendo and Sony will ever release a Famicom Compact Disc System considering that there's the Famicom Cassette System, the Famicom Disk System and soon, the Famicom FM Sound System and the Famicom Highcolor System.
 
Chapter 355: New media unveiled
July 16, 1987

Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation of Japan announced the development of a new technology the Famicom Compact Disk System (the predecessor of the SNES CD). It was to play about the same as the one found in cassettes, except with a CD.

The function was able to run it in a CD-ROM, rather than a VHS tape.

It is reported that Nintendo and Sony could work on more technology, including new media products and handheld consoles.

The Famicom FM Sound System would be equipped for use with Final Fantasy, a Square game, to be released on December 1987 as the launch title.
 
July 16, 1987

Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation of Japan announced the development of a new technology the Famicom Compact Disk System (the predecessor of the SNES CD). It was to play about the same as the one found in cassettes, except with a CD.

The function was able to run it in a CD-ROM, rather than a VHS tape.

It is reported that Nintendo and Sony could work on more technology, including new media products and handheld consoles.

The Famicom FM Sound System would be equipped for use with Final Fantasy, a Square game, to be released on December 1987 as the launch title.
I can see Super Mario Bros. 3 getting a release on the Famicom Compact Disk System, since that game has FMV cutscenes, which the Famicom Cassette System and the Famicom Compact Disk System are both capable of doing. Also, are the Famicom Cassette System and the Famicom Compact Disk System both capable of CD-quality audio?
 
Chapter 356: QuadSystem
July 21, 1987

Nintendo and Sony announced that Super Mario Bros. 3 would be released on a dual cassette/CD format add-on for the Family Computer, sometime for release in 1988. Design work will be done by Shigeru Miyamoto, the creators of Super Mario Bros. 1 and 2.

Nintendo and Sony also announced plans to launch the QuadSystem, a quadruple combo of the original Family Computer, the Family Computer Disk System, the Family Computer Cassette System and the Family Computer Compact Disk System (it was succeeded by the combo PlayStation in the early 1990s when the Super Famicom arrived).

Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. was formed in 1986, which was headed by Olaf Olafsson, and it was currently under contract with Nintendo Co., Ltd. to develop technology software and producing games for the Family Computer.

Sunsoft says it obtained the rights from Sullivan Bluth Studios to launch Dragon's Lair and Space Ace onto the Famicom Cassette System. A US version, the Nintendo Cassette System, came out in the September of 1987.
 
Sonic exists in 1991 ITTL. Add-ons for the SNES include what appears to be a online game service to compete with Sega Channel, to be in the 1990s.
 
Chapter 357: Nintendo Cassette System to be out this fall
July 27, 1987

Nintendo of America, Inc. announced that the Nintendo Cassette System, the add-on for the Nintendo Entertainment System that relies on VHS tapes, was up for pre-order, to be released September 22, 1987.

The new VHS accessory would compete with the existing Action Max, which is out this year.

It was able to run VHS tapes, rather than on cartridges.

It was a localized version of the Famicom Cassette System. It is reported that Atari Games Corp. would merge with Atari Corporation, reversing a split that took place in 1984.
 
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Chapter 358: Gambit
August 3, 1987

The Fox Broadcasting Company is delaying the premiere of Wipeout to the January of 1988, so Fox was allowed to have another game show, that of a revival of Gambit, that was hosted by Tom Campbell.

Gambit was backed by producer Merrill Heatter, in association with Orion Television.

This was part of the expansion strategy of Fox Broadcasting Company, so it would go beyond late night and weekend primetime.

All audiences, at WLVI-TV in Boston and WFLD-TV in Chicago, Fox affiliates demonstrate how to display the show's audience.
 
Chapter 359: Sunsoft to work
August 11, 1987

Sun Corporation is working on new projects, like cassette versions of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. Sunsoft says there's also a CD-ROM version of these two titles coming out early next year.

Sunsoft's relationship with Don Bluth is ambitious, so they had to let a big team at Sunsoft to convert the two games.

Sun also had a U.S. office on its own, which was Sun Corporation of America.

ITTL's Dragon's Lair game on the Famicom Cassette System by Sunsoft is way better than Elite's 1990 platformer adaptation, released in Japan by Epic/Sony for the NES.
 
Chapter 360: Little Rock to have NewsCenter name
August 16, 1987

ABC affiliate KATV (owned by Fisher-Allbritton Television) is changing its newscast name to "NewsCenter 7", in order to attract and appeal such viewers and audiences with the "NewsCenter" branding.

The same Dan Dean theme the Fisher/Allbrittion themes has been retained.

The set was changed to the one that was more identical to the WCSB-TV Boston set that was used currently.

NewsCenter 7 would become Little Rock's number one television newscast of all time.
 
Chapter 361: Sony promises interest
August 20, 1987

Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., headed by Olaf Olafsson, is expanding their own team of staffmates, to 300 members, in order to support the development of technology and game development for the Family Computer.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has a contract with Nintendo to develop their software for the Famicom.

Its US counterpart, the Nintendo Cassette System will be out on September 22, 1987.

Among the projects prospected by Sony were the full live-action 1974 version of Wild Gunman (a 2D version eventually came out on cartridge in 1985).
 
Chapter 362: Namco to do 007 game
August 25, 1987

Namco announced that they were close to signing a deal with Domark Ltd., Danjaq Ltd. and United Artists Corporation to obtain the rights to bring The Living Daylights to the Famicom Disk System.

A Namcot representative said that The Living Daylights would be the first Famicom Disk System title that was developed for the Japanese market.

Namco was in the works to develop Star Wars, another movie-based title for the Famicom.

Namco had recently worked with Atari Games to develop the 3D technique for arcade games, and it was part owner of Atari Game Corporation.
 
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