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Manufacturer Nintendo RICOH
Type NES-001 (Above)
Released Flag of JapanJuly 15, 1983
Flag of America 19 10October 18, 1985
Flag of Canada (Pantone)February 3, 1986
Flag of EuropeSeptember 1, 1986
Predecessor Color TV Game
Successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System, Codename Home Video Computer and often shortened as NES, known as the Famicom (short for Family Computer) in Japan, was released in 1985. Although no Animal Crossing series games were released for the NES, some NES games found their way onto the GameCube Animal Crossing seventeen years later. Most are accessible through regular gameplay and Game Boy Advance connectivity, such as Animal Island or Animal Crossing E-Cards, while two, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, both currently require a cheating device to obtain.

Short Analysis

The Nintendo Entertainment System varies quite a bit with it's Famicom counterpart. For instance, the Nintendo Entertainment System had detachable controllers, while the Famicom's controllers were unable to be removed due to a built-in microphone function, the Famicom was smaller and much less bulky than the NES, and the colors are also changed: the Famicom has red and white coloring, while the NES has a gray and black coloring. The Nintendo Entertainment System was sold in a special pack that included Super Mario Bros., which resulted in said game being the record-holder for most copies sold worldwide, which is over 40 million. During it's lifetime, the Nintendo Entertainment System had sold over 61 million units. This console had also saved the gaming industry from the Video Game Crash of 1983.

Criticism of the NES

Soon, owners complained of odd slowdowns and console freezes in their NES consoles. This was most likely due to how the cartridges were inserted, which was said to have pushed back the wiring, causing these problems. Another factor was dust caught inside the cartridges that found its way inside the console mainframe, clogging the programming systems. Because of this, drastic measures were taken to ensure the NES's longevity,


NES-101 (Top loader)

such as a hardware cleaning kit issued in attempts to help homeowners clean their console mainframes of dust, as well as a redesigned, more efficient model of the NES released a few years after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's release. Eventually, the NES fell from the markets in 1995 (though its Japanese counterpart outlived it by 8 years in 2003), being replaced by the SNES.

Video Game Consoles
Nintendo Entertainment SystemSuper Nintendo Entertainment SystemNintendo 64Nintendo GameCubeNintendo WiiNintendo Wii U
Game BoyGame Boy ColorGame Boy Advance (Micro) • Nintendo DS (DSi) • Nintendo 3DS