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Namco 163
Namco 163.jpg
Developer: Namco
Released: 1988-04-05
Type: Chip

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The NAMCO163 chip (also known as the NAMCO106) chip was an expansion sound chip for the Nintendo Famicom. The chip would allow eight wave table synthesis channels, much like the previous FDS channel. Only Tsukasa Masuko's driver used all eight channels, but Arc System Works was the first company to use the technology, which used four channels. Ironically, even though Namco developed Nintendo games, they never used this chip themselves and instead only published the titles which used the chip. Unfortunately, expansion chips weren't released on any US and Europe consoles, so western gamers weren't able to hear it.


Released Title Sample
1988-04-05 Dokuganryu Masamune (FC)
1988-07-29 San Goku Shi: Chuugen no Hasha (FC)
1988-08-12 Final Lap (FC)
1988-12-09 King of Kings (FC)
1989-02-17 Hydlide 3: Yami Kara no Houmonsha (FC)
1989-03-17 Rolling Thunder (FC)
1989-12-22 Mappy Kids (FC)
1990-04-06 Digital Devil Story: Goddess Reincarnation II (FC)
1991-07-19 Family Circuit '91 (FC) Included, but not used.
1992-03-13 Namco Classic II (FC)
1992-06-10 San Goku Shi II: Haou no Tairiku (FC)
1992-12-08 Wagyan Land 3 (FC)

Emulation Status

Most quality NES emulators and NSF players support NAMCO163 emulation. FamiTracker also emulates the chip.