ON THIS DAY, 1985...
On the 18th of October, 1985 the Nintendo Entertainment System was launched in the United States. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), also known as the Famicom in Japan, is a video game console that played a pivotal role in the history of gaming.
It was first released by Nintendo in 1983 in Japan and later in North America in 1985. The NES was a significant step forward in the gaming industry and is often credited with revitalizing the video game market after the video game crash of 1983.
Key features and information about the NES include:
1. 8-Bit Console: The NES was an 8-bit console, which means that its central processing unit (CPU) operated with an 8-bit architecture. This limited its graphical and processing capabilities compared to later systems but still offered a wide range of enjoyable games.
2. Controller: The NES featured a unique rectangular controller with a cross-shaped D-pad, start and select buttons and two action buttons labelled A and B. This design became iconic and influenced the design of future game controllers.
3. Game Cartridges: NES games came on cartridges, which could be inserted into the front-loading slot of the console. This was a departure from earlier game systems that used ROM cartridges.
4. Popular Games: The NES had a vast library of games, including many iconic titles such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, and Mega Man, which laid the foundation for popular game franchises that continue to this day.
5. Third-Party Support: The NES had a strong lineup of third-party games, and Nintendo's strict licensing policies led to the creation of the Nintendo Seal of Quality to ensure game quality and prevent unlicensed titles.
6. Peripherals: The NES had various accessories and peripherals, such as the Zapper light gun for games like Duck Hunt, the Power Glove motion controller, and the R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) accessory.
7. Legacy: The NES is often considered one of the most important and influential video game consoles in history. It helped establish Nintendo as a major player in the gaming industry and played a crucial role in reviving the video game market in the United States.
8. Re-releases: The NES Classic Edition, a miniature replica of the original NES, was released by Nintendo in 2016, allowing players to enjoy a selection of classic NES games on modern TVs. It was followed by the Super NES Classic Edition, which featured Super Nintendo games.
The NES remains a beloved piece of gaming history and has a strong nostalgic appeal for gamers who grew up with it. Many of its games are still cherished and continue to be played through various re-releases and emulators.