Trivia

Hard

Which Video Game Console Was Shipped In Secrecy At Night To Avoid Mobsters?

The Sega Genesis
The Xbox
The PS4
The SNES

Answer: The SNES

To say that the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (known in Japan as the Super Famicom) was a smash hit upon release would be a bit of an understatement. Nintendo sold the initial shipment of 300,000 units in a matter of hours; the release, on Wednesday November 21 1990, proved so disruptive to local traffic and commerce that the Japanese government asked console makers to schedule future releases on weekends.

The console was so popular, in fact, that Nintendo scheduled shipments in secret and in the middle of the night to avoid that attention of the Yakuza, Japan’s largest crime syndicate. The mobsters were snatching up shipments and reselling them for a handsome profit on the black market.

While total sales are typically the metric used for success in the console market, we’d suggest there be a hall-of-fame category for “Disrupts National Traffic” and “Ships in Secret to Avoid Mob”.

Trivia

Hard

In Ancient Greece, The People Of Boeotia Were Renowned For Their?

Trivia

Hard

Which Iconic Sci-Fi Film Was Snubbed For An Academy Award Over CGI Effects?

Trivia

Hard

The Most Accurate Clock Built To-Date Relies On?

Trivia

Very Hard

In The 1950s The Soviets Proposed What To Warm The Pacific Ocean?

Trivia

Hard

Which Planet Was The First To Be Mathematically Predicted Before Direct Observation?

Trivia

Hard

What Early PC Had An Unofficial “Sound Card” Driven By Excessive Radio Interference?

Trivia

Hard

There Was Once A TV Crossover Between Star Trek: Voyager And?

Trivia

Hard

The Fastest Moving Celestial Bodies Are?

Trivia

Hard

The Fear Of Halloween Is Known As?

Trivia

Hard

The First U.S. Company To Trademark Their Service Uniforms Was?