October 18, 1985: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) released
After the video game crash of the early 1980s, there didn’t seem be much left to salvage. But what may have been perceived as the end was really only the beginning. After finding success in Japan for several months as the Famicom system, the 8-bit NES hit the American market twenty-eight years ago today. And what a system it turned out to be!
While it’s been stated time and again, the NES really did help save the industry from oblivion…eventually. Okay, so it took several years for the industry to really get back on its feet; but in the meantime, those who invested in the NES received a now-classic library of games, including Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Metroid, and Castlevania. Nintendo not only revolutionized graphics and gameplay but also made waves in the console-developer relationship. What was initially seen as a passing fad turned into a 10-year, multi-million dollar career, making the NES one of the best selling consoles of all time.
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