The History of the Nintendo Video Game Consoles
Nintendo: A Beginning
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 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)
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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)
Video Game Characters
Nintendo 64 (Project Reality)
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
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)
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Wii Like It
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 (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
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)
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