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Analysis: How To Hack The World: The Strange History Of Hacker International

Gamasutra contributor Kevin Gifford documents the history of Hacker International, from the company's legal brush with Nintendo to the production of the Disk Hacker.

Kevin Gifford: Most NES and Famicom collectors around the world are probably aware of Hacker International, the Japanese bad boy publisher of 8-bit consoledom and distributor of titles such as Soap Panic (Bubble Bath Babes), by this point.

I (like a lot of NES fans, I suppose) first heard about Hacker from David Sheff's book Game Over, where he mentions that the company attempted to defy Nintendo's third-party licensee system for the Famicom, was sued, and went out of business shortly thereafter.

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