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Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System.jpg
Released Japan July 15, 1983
USA October 18, 1985
Europe September 1, 1986
Australia 1987
Discontinued USA August 14, 1995
Japan September 25, 2003
Predecessor Atari 2600
Successor Famicom Disk System
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Not to be confused with Ness.
This article is about the first Nintendo console. For information about the treasure from Wario World, see here.

“Now you're playing with power!”
Advertisement slogan for the NES

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The Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the NES for short) is a video game console created by Nintendo. It is the western version of the Famicom and has controllers that can be removed (unlike the Famicom). Games are inserted by opening a door and sliding the game in, then pushing a panel down.

It was the system that revived the video game industry after the Video Game Crash of 1983. It rivaled against the Sega Master System until the release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System ushered in the next generation of video game consoles. The NES sold 61.91 million units worldwide during its lifetime and was discontinued in 1995.[1]

The Nintendo Entertainment System was bundled with Super Mario Bros., resulting in it being the console's most successful game. For decades, Super Mario Bros. was the highest-selling video game ever, with 40.23 million copies sold, until Nintendo packaged Wii Sports with the Wii. Eventually, Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in the USA, and it became an instant hit, making five hundred million dollars in less than twenty-four hours. It soon became the second most purchased game in the gaming world with over 18 million copies sold.

The NES Controller.

The NES Controller has the A button and B button Buttons along with the Start button and Select button buttons and the Control pad. The scheme of the NES controller is the base for all of the newer controllers: the Control pad on the left, buttons in the right, and the Start button and Select button buttons in the middle.

Due to the lack of security, many NES games have become pirated, creating games such as 999-in-1, but due to better security, these games have seemingly slowed down.

In America, the NES was sold in three packages:

  • Control Deck: Contained the console, two controllers and the needed connections.
  • Action Set: This set included the console, two controllers, the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge, the Zapper, and the connections.
  • Power Set: The most complete package, it contained the console, two controllers, a Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet cartridge, the Zapper, the Power Pad, and the connections.

Game Gallery[edit]

Please note that this gallery also includes Japan-only Famicom and Famicom Disk System games.

Appearances in the Mario series[edit]

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファミリーコンピュータ
Famirī Konpyūta
Family Computer

Spanish (NOA) Nintendo Entertainment System
Spanish (NOE) Sistema de Entretenimiento de Nintendo Literal translation.
Russian Де́нди
Korean 현대 컴보이
Hyeondae Keomboi
Hyundai Comboy


  • An NES controller appears as one of the tokens in the 2006 version of Nintendo Monopoly.
  • This console is in the 1st spot of IGN's Top 25 Game Consoles.
  • A large NES controller appears in Wreck-It Ralph as a door leading to the coding of the game Sugar Rush.

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