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The History of the Nintendo Video Game Consoles

Updated on March 26, 2017

Nintendo: A Beginning

The Color TV-Game went on sale in 1977 and it only had a few games made for it.
The Color TV-Game went on sale in 1977 and it only had a few games made for it. | Source
Nintendo took control over the video game industry early on by smashing Atari and Sega.
Nintendo took control over the video game industry early on by smashing Atari and Sega. | Source

Color TV-Game (1977)

The Nintendo Color TV-Game was released in 1977 and it ran off of C batteries. The games included Tennis, Racing, block breaker, and Othello. This game concept was weak and Nintendo barely survived their first attempt in the video game industry. However, Nintendo persevered and got past this bad stretch but they learned in the process. This console only had a few basic games and the sound was terrible as well as the entertainment value. This is the only Nintendo console that I have never played at all.

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Nintendo Takes Over

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Super Mario Brothers 2 was a long awaited sequel that hit stores in 1988 and as Mario or Luigi you must defeat the evel Wart.
Super Mario Brothers 2 was a long awaited sequel that hit stores in 1988 and as Mario or Luigi you must defeat the evel Wart. | Source

Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)

The Nintendo was released in 1983 and the system started to sell as good as Atari off the bat. By the time the NES started coming packaged with two controllers, a light gun, Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt, Atari and Sega were in Nintendo's rear view mirror. Nintendo could not lose with this 8-bit console and they made fun games which is the bottom line. Without a shadow of a doubt, my favorite Nintendo game system ever.

The best Nintendo games of all time are:

1. Super Mario Brothers (1985)

2. The Legend of Zelda (1987)

3. Kid Icarus (1987)

4. Contra (1988)

5. Metal Gear (1988)


Legend of Zelda Game Play (Video)

Super NES

The Super Nintendo, which was released in 1990, was Nintendo's 16-bit console which competed directly against the Sega Genesis.
The Super Nintendo, which was released in 1990, was Nintendo's 16-bit console which competed directly against the Sega Genesis. | Source
Donkey Kong Country was released in 1994 on the Super NES and for the time the game had advanced graphics especially for a Donkey Kong Country.
Donkey Kong Country was released in 1994 on the Super NES and for the time the game had advanced graphics especially for a Donkey Kong Country. | Source

Super Nintendo (1990)

The Super Nintendo was released for sale in 1990. Super Nintendo went back and forth, on top selling console with competitor, Sega Genesis. The Super NES has 16-bit graphics and a large library of video game cartridges. Just like the first NES, the Super NES found success off of its core titles like Mario, Zelda and Contra sequels. I owned the Super NES and Genesis and could not choose which was better. I kept one in the living room and one in my bedroom.

The best Super NES games of all time are:

1. Super Mario World (2000)

2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)

3. Super Metroid (1994)

4. Contra 3 (1992)

5. Mario Paint (1992)


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Nintendo 64 (Project Reality)

The Nintendo 64 came out for sale in 1996 and it compteted head on with the Playstation but it lost the battle.
The Nintendo 64 came out for sale in 1996 and it compteted head on with the Playstation but it lost the battle. | Source
Goldeneye 007 was released in 1997 and it was a single-player, 1st person shooter based on the James Bond films.
Goldeneye 007 was released in 1997 and it was a single-player, 1st person shooter based on the James Bond films. | Source

Nintendo 64 (1996)

The Nintendo 64 was released to an anxious gaming audience in 1996. This 64-bit home game console had advanced 3D graphics and fluid, fast gameplay in most of the games. The console had one drawback which is that it lacked enough game titles. Otherwise, I enjoyed the games it did have and the controller was a perfect fit.

The top games on the N64 are:

1. Super Mario 64 (1996)

2. GoldenEye 007 (1997)

3. Star Fox 64 (1997)

4. Knockout Kings 2000 (1999)

5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Cube Your Enthusiasm

The Gamecube had a different controller than people were used to seeing. Some loved it while others loathed it.
The Gamecube had a different controller than people were used to seeing. Some loved it while others loathed it. | Source
Luigi's Mansion was put out for sale in 2001 and it turned out being one of the Gamecube's best sellers.
Luigi's Mansion was put out for sale in 2001 and it turned out being one of the Gamecube's best sellers. | Source

GameCube (2000)

Nintendo brought their customers the Gamecube in 2000. Theis was Nintendo's first time changing off of cartridge and going with the CD-ROM format and it paid off with improved graphics and sound quality. The Gamecube is my second favorite Nintendo console of all time behind the original Nintendo.

The best Gamecube games ever produced are:

1. Call of Duty: Finest Hour (2004)

2. Mario Party 5 (2003)

3. Mega Man X: Command Mission (2004)

4. Resident Evil 4 (2005)

5. Tomb Raider: Legend (2006)

Nintendo Gamecube Commercial (Video)

Wii Like It

The Wii was released in 2006 and it uses a Wii remote controller.
The Wii was released in 2006 and it uses a Wii remote controller. | Source
Wii Party hit stores in 2010 and it is similar to Mario Party except Wii style.
Wii Party hit stores in 2010 and it is similar to Mario Party except Wii style. | Source

Wii (2006)

The Nintendo Wii came out worldwide in 2006. Wow, when this console came out it was something new and unique to be sure. Stand up and move the controller and the game reacts and it was the first time a controller had become motion activated. Wii took the lead in this area and it forced Sony and Microsoft to get in on the action.

The best Wii video games of all time are:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

2. Wii Sports (2006)

3. Wii Fit (2007)

4. Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

5. Disney Infinity (2013)

Wii System Review (Video)

Wii U

The WII U went on sale in 2011 and it used HD graphics.
The WII U went on sale in 2011 and it used HD graphics. | Source
Super Mario 3D World hit retail stores in 2013 and it was the sequel to Super Mario 3D Land.
Super Mario 3D World hit retail stores in 2013 and it was the sequel to Super Mario 3D Land. | Source

Wii U (2011)

Wii U came out for sale in 2011. It was a direct competitor for the PS3 and XBox 360 and it clearly stayed in third place. It had High Definition (HD) but it lacked something. The PS4 and XBox One are simply better consoles all the way around especially when it comes to power and memory.

Wii U's top games are:

1. Super Mario Maker (2015)

2. Splatoon (2015)

3. Lego Dimensions (2015)

4. Mario Kart 8 (2014)

5. Star Fox Zero (2016)

Switch (N) Up the Game

The Nintendo Switch hit video game stores in 2017 and it has sold beyond what was expected without a doubt.
The Nintendo Switch hit video game stores in 2017 and it has sold beyond what was expected without a doubt. | Source
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was put on sale in 2017 and it is easily the best selling Switch game so far.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was put on sale in 2017 and it is easily the best selling Switch game so far. | Source

Nintendo Switch (2017)

Nintendo Switch went on sale in 2017 and it set sales records for the company. Play at home, play on the go or use it like a tablet. I have a wait and see attitude on the Switch since it is still brand new and I am weary of Nintendo after the pathetic Wii U.

The best Switch games thus far are:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

2. 1-2-Switch (2017)

3. Minecraft: Switch Edition (2017)

4. Sonic Forces (2017)

5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)

Nintendo Headquarters (Kyoto, Japan)

NES Controller

The NES controller has an a and b button, a select and start button and of course a t-pad.
The NES controller has an a and b button, a select and start button and of course a t-pad. | Source

Switch Preview Trailer (Video)

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      Poppy 2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I remember when we got a Nintendo 64 when I was a kid! Ocarina of Time has such good memories. DS is also fun. I really like this hub, nice job!

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