Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronica” is a well-known Soviet brand. Under this brand in Soviet times, different plants produced a wide range of household electrical appliances: TVs, computer systems, calculators, electronic watches, tape recorders, video recorders and other products, but not everyone guessed that many products released under this brand were copied from samples of foreign technology.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Electronica 24-01 “Oh, wait!” Electronic game, the most famous and popular of the first Soviet series of handheld electronic games with liquid crystal screen. It was made from 1984.  Retail price was 25 rubles.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

But it turns out that this game was an unofficial clone of Nintendo EG-26 Egg series of Nintendo Game & Watch, 1981.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronics 24-01” game on screen (Mickey Mouse)

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

 Nintendo MC-25 Mickey Mouse

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Elektronika IM-03” Secrets of the Ocean, 1987

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Nintendo OC-22 Octopus, 1981

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronika EM-04”, Merry cook MG-04, 1989

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Nintendo FP-24 Chef, 1981

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronika EM-09”, Space bridge MG-09, 1989

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Nintendo FR-27 Fire, 1981

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

In 1985, the Solnechnogorsk electromechanical factory released a toy called “Elektronika IM-11” – Lunokhod (Moonrover).

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“BIG TRAK” – programmable machine, developed and released by Milton Bradley in 1979.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

A very rare toy, “Elektronika IM-12” with replaceable cartridges.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Nintendo CJ-93 Donkey-Kong JR, Panorama Screen Series, 1983.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Elektronika IM-15” – electronic football game made in 1990.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

World Cup SOCCER by TOMY Electronics, 1979

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Elektronika IM-20” version 1 Air shooting

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Nintendo BU-201 Spitball Sparky Super Color, 1984.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Elektronika IM-26” with interchangeable screens in the form of cartridges produced from the end of 1988.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

In 1983, the Bandai company released Digi Casse.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Elektronika IM-27” Space Adventure (February 1990) – experience a series of games in a binocular stereoscopic image.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Planet Zeon by Tomy Company which was published in 1983, a series of similar games called TOMYTRONIC 3-D.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Elektronika IM-46 – Calculator and music synthesizer made in 1994

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Casio VL-Tone (VL-1) issued about a dozen years earlier (1980)

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronics ESI-01” – Auto racing – portable game, 1983.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

AUTO RACE from Mattel Electronics, 1977

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

TV game console “Electronica Videosport”

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

 Pong

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

In 1974, Leningrad NGO “Positron” produced an unprecedented thing – the reel to reel VCR “Electronics-501-video” for recording black and white television in the European standard of 50 Hz, 625 lines and the sound using the television camera, “Electronics-Video”, and the video recording could be viewed using the same TV or the monitor of a television camera.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

 Sony DV-3400, 1969.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Large scale production of the VHS format “Electronics VM-12” VCR began in 1984.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

 Panasonic NV-2000, 1975.

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Electronics VIC-8220”, 1987

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

“Samsung VX-8220”

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Turntable “Electronics B1-01”, 1974.

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Thorens TD-125, 1972

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

Home computer “Electronics VI-201”

Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones

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5 thoughts on “Soviet Videogames Copied from American and Japanese Ones”

  1. I spoke to a person who worked at an institute of electronics in Soviet times. He told that they had one person there who’s only job was grinding of chips and nothing else. And he was very good at it.

    Once a western chip would be brought in, he would grind the chip layer after layer. The layer structure would be examined by engineers which later would try to recreate the internal structure ant the principle of operation of the chip. Based on this information a copy would be engineered later.

    From my own experience in electronics I can only guess that with years, with advancement of electronic chips (increase of complexity and reduction of size) it was harder and harder to keep up with new products. It would take longer and longer to create a copy.

  2. During soviet times, my guess is that the Soviet manufacturers were immune to copy-write/infringement lawsuits…

  3. I had red version of NU POGODI when I was little kid. My best score was 999 (after that it starts new game again from 0 and weeery slow). I still have case and screen somewhere. First and BEST “playstation” of my life. You can play flash version of this game on my site http://www.xtechnik.szm.com/Files/Hry/no_pockaj.html
    Original Russian version was much better.

  4. Look up the BBC documentary “Tetris From Russia with Love”

    there is more to the story than just USSR making some unofficial clones of Nintendo’s Game & Watch.
    They signed a contract. Whether it was before Gameboy or not is unclear, but it definitely influenced it.

  5. The clones are often way better than the originals, many times the clones will come with 40 games or more and be cheaper than the original is with no games.

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