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NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Nothing more than a grey box with two buttons on the front and a flip-up lid, the NES was my first real foray into computer gaming...if you don't count the Acorn Electron!

The NES pioneered the plus-sign style controller, although the rectangular pad itself would give you blisters if you played for too long. I don't think ergonomics had been invented in the 80's.

Flip up the lid and slide a game into the slot, push down and power up. That's all there was to it! The console even featured direct video and audio out so you can hook it up to your SCART TV! This thing was WAAAAAY ahead of it's time!

Admittedly, the graphics were in 16 colours and the sound was like a bunch of monkeys playing banjos, but this console was the one that really brought computer entertainment into the home. It created megastars of Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong and, of course, Duck Hunt (you know, the one with the light gun...)

Nintendo manufactured a clone of the NES for the Japanese market and they only stopped making them in 2003. That just goes to show how powerful this little box tricks really was. Or is. I've still got mine :o)


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Do You Remember NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)?

Do You Remember NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)?

  • Anonymous user
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    I loved my NES when I was young Super Mario Bros 3 is still one of my favourite games
  • Anonymous user
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    My parents got my brother and I one in Christmas 1994. Think it's still around somewhere.
  • Yellow Watson
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    I used to live for the weekend when we could go over to my cousins house for a BBQ. It meant he couldn't be bothered with trying to entertain me so he'd switch on the NES and I'd be transported to Mario heaven for the rest of the night. Good times!
  • Anonymous user
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    My brother and I got our Nintendo for Christmas. First we could'nt figure out how to hook it up. So Mom called our uncle to come hook it up. We finally got to play it and we were so in to it we didn't want to go Grandma's for Christmas dinner and to open presents with the rest of the family.
  • Anonymous user
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    Blaster Master, The hardest nintendo game! crazy storyline but great gameplay! Looking at the cover I thought it was gonna be craptacular but it was great!!!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I will never forget the Christmas my brother got Nintendo. He played it for about 12 hours straight. I used to love Duck Hunt, even though I sucked at it. But, hey, I was 4! I got pretty good at Mario though. NES wasabsolutely addictive!
  • Anonymous user
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    A bunch of monkeys playing banjos it may indeed sound like... however, I also remember that I used to start up 'Maniac Mansion' just to listen to the music. I still enjoy the music in that game today, despite its bleepiness!