Nintendo Entertainment System

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Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date Japan July 15, 1983
USA October 18, 1985
Europe September 1, 1986
Australia 1987
Discontinued USA August 14, 1995
Japan September 25, 2003
Predecessor Color TV-Game
Successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System
"NES" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Ness.
This article is about the first Nintendo console. For information about the treasure from Wario World, see here.
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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 overseas counterpart of the Family Computer 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 North America, 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 first two games of the related The Legend of Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, were internationally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which they were ported to from their original Japanese release for the Family Computer Disk System.

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.

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

It has been requested that this section be rewritten. Reason: split Family Computer-specific and Disk System-specific titles into respective articles & add region-specific covers in them as well

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

Mario franchise appearances

Name in other languages

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

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


  • An NES controller appears as one of the tokens in the 2006 version of Nintendo Monopoly.
  • 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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