Sunday, October 15, 2006
History of the Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Brazil. In Japan it is known as the Nintendo Family Computer (任天堂ファミリーコンピュータ), or Famicom (ファミコン). The most successful gaming console of its time in Asia and North America, the NES helped revitalize the video game industry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design (the first modern platform game, Super Mario Bros., was the system's first "killer game") to business practices. The NES was the first console for which the manufacturer openly courted third-party developers.
This article is specifically about the history of the console. For a general overview of the system itself, please see the main Nintendo Entertainment System article.