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The Dendy was a Soviet clone of which popular game console?



Answer: NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was introduced to the Japanese, American and European markets between 1983 and 1987. In the markets where Nintendo released it, the NES enjoyed astronomical popularity and sold nearly 62 million units worldwide. The game system proved so popular that it also sold well in markets that were underserved by Nintendo, but mostly by selling cloned consoles instead of imported NES units.

One such market was Russia. Western gaming companies had completely ignored Russia, but that did not mean that the Russians did not look for the same gaming experience their Western counterparts enjoyed. In the early 1

990s, Andrey Cheglakov, Maxim Selivanov, Vladislav Undeyev, Rustem Ahiyarov and Michael Riner founded Steepler Ltd., a Russian I.T. Company that immediately set out to fill the niche in the Russian gambling market by cloning the Nintendo Entertainment System. Known as Dendy, the clone was an overnight success, selling 2 million units.

The Dendy not only brought video games to millions of Russians, but also sent a loud and clear signal to the video game companies that the Russians were ready to spend money on video games. Shortly after the wild success of the Dendy, Nintendo began distributing Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems (along with Game Boys and Virtual Boys) through Steepler, Sega began distributing consoles via its own channels, and the original Sony PlayStation appeared on the Russian market ,

Courtesy of Steepler.


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