Nintendo Entertainment System

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The Nintendo Entertainment System (also abbreviated as NES or simply called Nintendo) is an 8-bit video game console that was released by Nintendo in Japan in 1983 as the Family Computer (ファミリーコンピュータ Famirī Konpyūta), or Famicom (ファミコン Famikon) (or sometimes abbreviated to FC). Later it was released in North America during 1985, in Europe during 1986 and Australia in 1987. In South Korea, it was known as the Hyundai Comboy (현대 컴보이 Hyeondae Keomboi) and was distributed by SK Hynix which then was known as Hyundai Electronics. It was succeeded by the Super Family Computer/Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The NES Was Released 30 Years Ago in North America

The Nintendo Entertainment System (also abbreviated as NES) is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was initially released in Japan as the Famicom on July 15, 1983, and was later released in North America on October 18, 1985.

The best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute titles for the platform.

Be sure to check out some awesome NES Box Art & NES Game Music


This giant Nintendo Entertainment System and controller are a fully functional and geektastically clever home entertainment system created by Imgur user tylerfulltilt. He modified a 3-drawer cabined from Overstock to look exactly like the original NES console that contains all of his games, consoles, and other gaming paraphernalia. The wall-mounted controller, complete with giant cable, frames a 42″ flat-screen TV. Now tylerfulltilt and his family can play all their favorite games while showing their love of the classics.

Click here to view a complete set of process photos.

[via Gizmodo Toyland]

No relation

A few games on the NES seem to have some interesting relationships to Nintendo’s flagship Super Mario Bros. game. For example, here’s Kid Kool, whose main character happens to share the exact same walk cycle as our hero Super Mario:

Even the pint-size version has a few distant cousins, shown here with Bomber Man and Challenger:

There are likely other games, too. The theory we had was that Mario was passed around as an example in a devkit, and some early games simply modified and reused some of the graphics. For the most part, though, nobody ever really noticed.