Micro Genius IQ-1000

Released in the early 1990s the IQ-1000 was one of a number of consoles released as Nintendo Famicom/NES clones by the company Micro Genius. It's pretty basic visually and clearly made on a tight budget.

They were traditionally sold in the Middle East and parts of Asia where Nintendo didn't already have an established sales presence.

The IQ-1000 was the last in the IQ line** and it had all the bells and whistles. It was as if Micro Genius looked at the Famicom and thought 'what's all the junk that the Famicom doesn't have that could boost sales' and then stuffed it all into the IQ-1000.

Natty Features:

  • Audio via the controller: one of the two controllers was plugged into the console and had an earphone jack that let you listen to the game sounds privately through most standard earphones.

  •  IR controller: in addition to the cabled controller the IQ-1000 had a second, infrared controller which was pretty uncommon for the time. The IR controller did not have an earphones jack.

  • RF 'Transmitter': while you could cable the IQ-1000 to your TV you also had the option of plugging an antenna into the console's RF port and using your TV's RF receiver to pick up the signal. If you had a video recorder already in your TV's RF port you could use the 'RF Switch' which had its own antenna allowing you to switch from your TV antenna to the IQ-1000's.

  • Horrible Wiring Diagrams: not really a feature but it's worth the mention. Just have a look at the convoluted cabling examples!

From looking at the components it seems that this unit, if it was to retail in much of the Western world, would have needed some RF shielding for it to gain FFC certification.

The manual lists a number of accessories, a light gun, keyboard, and 'other' but I've not found any evidence that they were ever released. I'm guessing the light gun would be the Nintendo Zapper if compatible.

In addition, the above mentioned RF Switch might not have actually been included with the IQ-1000 as there didn't seem to be anywhere in the foam packaging where it could have been stored for shipping.

** Other Micro Genius models included; IQ-201, IQ-301, IQ-501, IQ-502, IQ-701 and the IQ-901. 

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Micro Genius IQ-1000 RF Switch Micro Genius IQ-1000 Cabled Controller
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