History of Nintendo (Part 2)

History of Nintendo (Part 2)

As you can tell, this is a part two, so I recommend that you check out my part one.

Donkey Kong, created by Shigeru Miyamoto exploded in popularity, releasing in arcades and consoles everywhere. But Nintendo wanted to make their own systems, starting with the TV Game and Game and Watch lines of consoles, the TV Game was a simple little console with a game built into it, while the Game and Watch was a handheld console with a clock, and once again, a single game built in.

These were but tests, before the Famicom (Family Computer) released in Japan. The Famicom was a home cartridge-based system, it initially sold well, but alas, there were some bugs with the console, and the sales were halted because of the Video Game Crash of ’83, a well, sales crash caused by some truly terrible games (including E. T. for the Atari) but, Nintendo had experienced this before, they released the improved Famicom, called the NES is America (Nintendo Entertainment System). Because of the video game crash, many retailers refused to sell video games, but Nintendo found a loophole in this, marketing the NES as a toy, and including peripherals to make it fit the criteria.

All NES systems were bundled with Super Mario Bros., the first game core game to star Nintendo’s very own plumber: Mario. Because of this game, the entire gaming industry was saved, so even if you don’t play video games you can still respect Nintendo for that.

The NES Saved the industry, as well as introduce many famous franchises to the gaming scene, such as: Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy.

The next part will be a quick rundown of the NES until now. See you then!


6 thoughts on “History of Nintendo (Part 2)

  1. I remember watching the Super Mario Bros. Super Show on TV – that’s how big the Super Mario franchise was in the 80’s & 90’s when it first came out. Looking back, the show was terrible, but as a kid I thought it was great.

  2. Also, can you explain the successes and failures of company? (Successes like Game boy, Wii, 3ds, and failures like the infamous virtual boy and Wii U?) These history of Nintendos are really good!

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