For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re celebrating the birth of a gaming empire. Nintendo has a lot more competition today, but in 1985 they ran the show. Their commitment to quality and consistency brought us to where we are today.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES as we refer to it today was introduced to the North American market. Not only was it the best selling console of its time, but it arguably saved the video game industry after the crash of 1983. Introduced to Japan as the Famicon, it wasn’t all easy sailing for the NES. Early systems would crash due to bad chipset, but a strategic product recall was enough to secure its title as the Best Selling Game Console in Japan by the end of 1984. By the time, we saw it in the states there were many game options available including: 10-Yard Fight, Baseball,Clu Clu Land, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Excitebike, Golf, Gyromite, Hogan’s Alley, Ice Climber, Kung Fu, Mach Rider, Pinball, Stack-Up, Tennis, Wild Gunman,Wrecking Crew, and Super Mario Bros. It was the first gaming system I had access to as a child and I can remember fond memories of playing Duck Hunt and Super Mario with my cousins. The NES was not only marketed to a different demographic than previous systems, but it repaired much of the damage that those prior had done to the industry. How did it do this? By providing consistency and reasonable expectations and establishing a rigorous product approval and licensing policy. It doesn’t sound like much, but they were able to deliver on their promises where others were failing.
Did you have a NES? What was your favorite game?