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Nintendo NES Consoles

Regarded as one of the greatest video game consoles, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) saw the beginning of many game classic game franchises. As the predecessor of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the NES revived the video game industry after the video game crash of 1983 and its legacy has influenced gaming in the present day.

The CPU uses an 8-bit microprocessor and has 2KB of RAM. The console is able to display a colour palette of up to 48 colours and 6 different greys and the standard display resolution is 256 horizontal pixels by 240 vertical pixels.

Games for the NES were made in a cartridge form called Game Paks, similar to those used in the handheld Gameboy and the latest Nintendo Switch consoles, but are not cross compatible. The Game Paks, or cartridges, use a 72-pin design and come in a standard grey plastic format. Some games are available in a limited edition gold cartridge, and very rarely were released in silver.

The classic NES controllers are a rectangular shape and players were able to unplug the controllers for the first time as they're connected to the console through a 7-pin port, two of which were on the front of the NES.

In 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, featuring a miniature NES console and 30 pre-installed games. The NES Classic has a HDMI connection and allowed for the use of the Wii remote and other Wii accessories, such as the Classic Controller. Following the success of the NES Classic, Nintendo released the Super NES Classic Edition, which featured the never before released title, Star Fox 2.

A number of groundbreaking titles were released for the NES console, such as Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Castlevania and Mega Man. In total, 714 games were released for the NES, allowing a wide breadth of video games to be experienced by gamers of all ages.


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