Have you ever seen this little dude? His name is Diskun. He was Nintendo’s mascot for the Famicom Disk System and he won’t leave me alone.
As we bring our month of Castlevania to a close and I finalize some stuff for the last week of coverage, I keep seeing Diskun as I look around for early Famicom Disk System images and information.
Perhaps its this sudden increase in my fascination with the Japanese side of video game history, but it isn’t just this week that the ghost of one of Nintendo’s mascots has been following me.
A few weeks ago, Nintendo published a video to its Japanese YouTube account that showed the boot sequence for the Famicom Disk System. The video lied at the bottom of an article where brand new Famicom and Famicom Disk Systems were found in Nintendo storage and attempted to power on.
This video and article corresponded to the company’s announcement of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom, the Japanese counterpart to our own NES Classic Edition.
Famicom Disk System nostalgia is real and alive, oddly enough for an American living in Baltimore his entire life. I recently started importing old Game Boy consoles from Japan, partially due to the fact that they (unlike many here) were in immaculate condition and partially because I just thought it was cool. The more that I started following Japanese eBay sellers, the more that I kept eyeing up old Famicom and FDS consoles. Along with them came of course, more Diskun.
There isn’t much to the little dude, and maybe that’s why I find him so peculiar and cool. I think there’s a certain element of mystery to the figure. Not in some enigmatic way, but in the way that he’s a nondescript figure that appeared on hardware thirty years ago and then vanished.
I’ve seen him suggested by a fan community as a playable character for Super Smash Bros., where he previously appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He’s been a hat in StreetPass and recently appeared as a sprite in Super Mario Maker.
I wonder where else he’ll pop up…