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Rad racer Indian version Anyone ever seen one of these?

Dec 5, 2014 at 7:49:55 PM
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Picked this up and wanted to know if anybody has any info about this company. There is very little information about the Indian gaming industry during the nes age, but what I have been able to learn is that Samurai has been producing Nintendo games since the nes and is still distributing Nintendo wii games in India legally with permission from Nintendo. Whenever reading any article written by an Indian referring to the nes the samurai brand is named leading me to believe that all nes games in that country were distributed by that company. I have only been able to find a few blurry pics of these games and the only other game I can confirm is super Mario bros. my current thought is that this company may have been something like playtronic. The pcb looks to be a legit Nintendo board so I do not believe this is a pirate.


Dec 5, 2014 at 7:57:20 PM
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Very nice! Samurai carts don't pop up too often, many collectors aren't even aware of them. This is my first time seeing a Rad Racer. The last Samurai cart I saw was back in 2007 and it had an all-black label with "samurai tv game cartridge" written on it.  They aren't pirates, Samurai was the official distributor for NES in India, similar to how Playtronic distributed in Brazil, etc.

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Dec 5, 2014 at 8:03:40 PM
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Cool piece

Dec 5, 2014 at 8:13:56 PM
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Yeah I've seen that all black label one before wasn't sure if it was the same company or not. I'm gonna try and gather as much info on this company and what games they released.

Dec 5, 2014 at 8:24:06 PM
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Very cool. I have never heard of this before.

Dec 12, 2014 at 11:53:47 AM
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If these are official carts, how do you explain this? This is certainly not official...

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Dec 12, 2014 at 12:18:14 PM
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If they were official, I believe they would have to carry the Nintendo Seal.

Dec 12, 2014 at 12:35:08 PM
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But why would a pirate company use legit boards?

Dec 12, 2014 at 12:43:30 PM
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Originally posted by: tracker465

If these are official carts, how do you explain this? This is certainly not official...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-...


Could be a fake Samurai cartridge  No idea.

Dec 12, 2014 at 1:10:06 PM
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Yeah, the multi-cart seems shady, but what about the official Nintendo PCBs being used?

Also, here's a few pics of the Samurai NES.  A few sources claim that the internals of the system are Nintendo hardware as well.




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Dec 12, 2014 at 1:13:05 PM
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I like the clean design of the Rad Racer label there.

Dec 12, 2014 at 1:15:28 PM
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Man those Samurai NES systems look sick with the logo like that!

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Dec 12, 2014 at 1:32:47 PM
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You know, Quality Control isn't exactly a top priority when it comes to India.

I'm willing to bet that even the multicart is legit, only run without a license. Meaning, I'm willing to bet that Samurai *was* a legitimate company that legitimately had NES licensed games...only they also did Unlicensed too.

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Dec 12, 2014 at 2:21:19 PM
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Should this be considered official too? http://www.nesworld.com/pirate-sa...

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Dec 12, 2014 at 3:13:59 PM
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That multi cart thats on ebay is also listed on Craigslist in cincy ohio

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Dec 12, 2014 at 5:31:19 PM
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Originally posted by: NESMASTER14

Yeah, the multi-cart seems shady, but what about the official Nintendo PCBs being used?

Also, here's a few pics of the Samurai NES.  A few sources claim that the internals of the system are Nintendo hardware as well.


I've NEVER seen one of these before; in fact, I've never seen that cart before, either.

Great pics and info; thank you!

Dec 12, 2014 at 7:40:05 PM
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I bought a Samurai version of Wrecking Crew on ebay a few years ago. It has the same label design as the Rad Racer, same legit pcb, and same light grey shell. Since then, I've also seen auctions for Kung Fu and Metroid.

Also, in 2011 a Samurai Gradius was discussed http://www.nintendoage.com/forum/... and then auctioned here on NA http://www.nintendoage.com/forum/...




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Dec 13, 2014 at 8:26:12 AM
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^ Sounds like it's safe to say that most of the main black box titles got a Samurai version.

Now there's a set I'd like to see in a pic.

Dec 13, 2014 at 9:29:55 AM
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I'd also love to see the Israel and Greece black box set. Also wonder what other Greece games there are since it got a game like Red October.

I love that there's still so many unknowns for the NES

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Dec 13, 2014 at 11:24:04 AM
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Originally posted by: JosephLeo

I'd also love to see the Israel and Greece black box set. Also wonder what other Greece games there are since it got a game like Red October.

I love that there's still so many unknowns for the NES

I know about the Israeli games, but I never heard of Greek games. A quick google search gave me nothing. Could you please enlighten me on the subject?


Dec 13, 2014 at 11:29:25 AM
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Greece got European boxes, but Greek manuals for lots of games. Not so sure about the carts. Here are some Greek manuals.





Dec 13, 2014 at 6:32:44 PM
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Originally posted by: JosephLeo

You know, Quality Control isn't exactly a top priority when it comes to India.

I'm willing to bet that even the multicart is legit, only run without a license. Meaning, I'm willing to bet that Samurai *was* a legitimate company that legitimately had NES licensed games...only they also did Unlicensed too.


Indian goods were actually top notch in the late 80's early 90's. Sometimes the designs are maybe what we would consider slightly odd but in terms of the actual quality are excellent

Dec 26, 2014 at 10:14:47 PM
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From what i have been able to learn, these were "official" releases the same as playtronic in Brazil. Due to India's trade agreements during the time that these games were released all products had to be manufactured and distributed by Indian companies and it seems the way nintendo worked around this was to subcontract the manufacture of these game to Samurai, who by the way is still releasing nintendo games for the wii in India. The release date seems to be sometime in the early 90s but by that time there were alot of knockoffs in the indian market. That ccombined with the fact that India was at the time not a very big market for video games makes these game very rare due to small production runs. I can't say with 100% certainty that these games were "official" releases but the fact that this company currently has a solid relationship with nintendo in India leads me to believe that these were released by Nintendo.

Dec 26, 2014 at 10:24:22 PM
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All of these are pretty cool! Now I need to find some for myself...