Nintendo Entertainment System
Top: Nintendo Entertainment System with controller
Bottom: Nintendo Family Computer (also known as Famicom)
|Also known as||Nintendo Family Computer (Japan)|
|Type||Video game console|
|Release date||JP July 15, 1983
NA October 18, 1985
EU September 1, 1986a[›]
|Introductory price||¥34,800 (Japan)
$299.00 (US Deluxe Set)
|Discontinued||JP September 25, 2003
|Units sold||Worldwide: 61.91 million
Japan: 19.35 million
North America: 34.00 million
Europe & Australia: 8.56 million
|Media||ROM cartridge ("Game Pak")b[›]|
|CPU||Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor (MOS Technology 6502 core)|
|Controller input||2 controller portsc[›]
1 expansion slot
|Best-selling game||Super Mario Bros. (pack-in), 40.23 million (as of 1999)
Super Mario Bros. 3, 18 million (as of July 27, 2008)
Super Mario Bros. 2
|Predecessor||Color TV Game|
|Successor||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) also known as the Family Computer or Famicom in Japan is the first video game console made by Nintendo in Japan, Europe, the United States. It came out in 1985 in the United States and was very popular.
The controller for the NES was different from the joysticks that older consoles had. It had a D-pad button, that could go up, down, left, or right. It also had A, B, Select, and Start buttons. The NES could use use up to two controllers for multiplayer games. There were also other types of controllers that could be used with the NES.
Some famous games for the NES are Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, and Final Fantasy. There have been many sequels made to these games and they are still enjoyed today. Nintendo discontinued the NES in 1995.
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