Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an 8 bit console released worldwide in the beginning/middle of the 80’s. After a crash in the occidental videogames industry, this console was responsible for the revival and establishment of a market for digital home entertainment. Considered by many as the greatest console of all time, NES is a pop culture icon, recognizable everywhere, being the home for great games, even by today’s standards.
How I got it
While growing up I was more of a Sega fan. I clearly remember playing NES in some friends’ houses, but I never owed one, sadly. As a way to compensate that fault, this was the first console I bought after deciding to start the collection. It was not a difficult purchase. eBay is a great thing!
Condition and Description
Clearly needing a big exterior cleanup, and with a little damage in the top (like if something really hot was left there and melted the plastic a little), the console still works great. I bought it refurbished in one “trusted seller” in eBay, hoping it could last for a few more (hopefully a lot) years. But NES is like a classic car: it may have a little scratch here and a little rust there, but it is still a trusted machine, and will always be a design icon.
Initially a playing card company, and later an arcade-developer, Nintendo released its Famicom (FAMily COMputer) console in Japan, back in 1983. After a product recall and a re-release in 1984, the console became a success, selling approximately 2,5M units.
In 1985, after a failure in an agreement to sell Famicom under Atari’s name, and ignoring a market in crisis, Nintendo released its console in the US. In a marketing move, named it ‘Nintendo Entertainment System’ (NES) and its videogames ‘Game Packs’.
NES was released in two bundles: the most expensive with R.O.B. (link), a lightgun, a R.O.B. game, Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros and two controllers; the least expensive only with the controllers and Super Mario. The console was a success in the US, clearly surpassing all its competition in sales.
The console was also released in Europe (1986) and Australia (1987), originally distributed by Mattel.
Ruling undisputed until the appearance of the 16-bits consoles, 62 million units and 500 million games were sold worldwide.
Nowadays, the “grey box” is still reminded with nostalgia everywhere, and of course is a must-have in any collection. It is still a great pleasure to pick the rectangular controller with the A and B buttons and to play some of the most legendary games in history. No wonder NES clones still appear today.
Memory – 4KB main RAM which can be expanded by game cartridges (up to 16 KB).
Video – 320×240 resolution. 256 colors. Audio – 5 sound channels.
Communication – There was a peripheral (Famicom Modem) which allowed connection to an information network. It was only available in Japan.
Data – Cartridge’s memory mappers.
Input – NES’ controllers, Zapper lightgun, Power Pad exercise mat, U-Force 3D controller, R.O.B. and Power Glove.