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Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES (JPN: Family Computer) was
the first the sixth game system released by Nintendo, and the first one to be released outside of Japan. It was released around the world throughout the '80s, and is commonly cited as the system that saved the video game industry after the video game crash of 1983, which was caused by an over-saturation of shitty, half-baked games.
The Famicom was first released in Japan in 1983, while the NES was first test-marketed in 1985 in New York City. After selling the entire batch in New York, the NES was released nationwide in the United States and in Canada in 1986. Later, it also saw British/European (1987), Australian (1987), and Korean (1989) releases. The Famicom and NES were later redesigned with similar cases and modifications. Specifically, the Famicom was made A/V only (the original Famicom was RF only), while the NES was, ironically, made RF only (the only version to have both was the original NES).
The NES would prove to be popular for a long time, lasting from 1983 to 2003 in Japan and from 1985 to 1995 in the United States.
People Who Own An NES
- Angry Video Game Nerd
- The Irate Gamer
- Nostalgia Critic
- SirSnivyofNottingham (3 Famicoms and 3 front-loading NESes)
- People of the '80s
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Castlevania (I, II, and III)
- Legend of Zelda (I and II)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Duck Hunt
- Wild Gunman
- Nintendo World Cup
- Top Gun
- Wario's Woods
- Mega Man (first six games)
- Final Fantasy I, II, and III
- Action 52
- Blaster Master
- Startropics (I and II)
- Silver Surfer
- The Mysterious Murasame Castle (originally Japan only, Virtual Console version released internationally)
- Here is a list of all the nes games
- In Japan, the Famicom was manufactured all the way until 2003, believe it or not. The only reason it was discontinued was due to the scarcity of the parts needed.
- In the Noughties, NES nostalgia started to bloom, which saw re-releases of NES games, t-shirts, and a massive jump in value for NES systems.
- In Korea, the NES was sold by Hyundai and renamed the "Hyundai Comboy" in order to bypass Korea's ban on Japanese culture. In addition, the American NES design was sold in Korea instead of the Japanese Famicom design, to further hide the fact that it was Japanese.
- Some countries did not receive the NES/Famicom, such as the Soviet Union/Russia, North Korea and South America (except Brazil, where it was released in 1995, but didn't sell well). However, they played on Famiclones with similar technology such as the Dendy, the Micro Genius, and the Phantom System.
- Before the Wii, the NES had its own version of motion-sensitive gaming: the Power Glove. Unfortunately, the Power Glove never worked properly.
- In addition, before the 3DS, certain NES games supported 3D, albeit with glasses.
- The last game on the NES was Sunday Funday, a bible game made by Wisdom Tree, that was actually just Menace Beach, a game released by Wisdom Tree's former form, Colour Dreams, with graphical changes.
- Ironically, in Japan, it was released as "Miss Peach World" (ミスピーチワールド), and was also pornographic.
- Just like the Atari 2600, the NES actually had some Unlicensed Porno games, made by a company called "Panesian". Yes, indeed, the games are: Bubble Bath Babes, Hot Slots, and Peek-A-Boo Poker. They were terrible.
- If you own an NES, there is a (small) chance it may be a launch system. Systems with serial numbers in between N0000001 and N0100000 were sold in New York in the Fall of 1985.
- In the United States and Japan, Nintendo redesigned the NES in 1993 to increase the length of the console. However, this would prove to be fruitless, as the system was officially discontinued in 1995 in the United States. That being said, in Japan, it NEVER became unpopular, and was only discontinued due to scarcity of proper components.