|Here it is! The
undisputed king of the 8-bit world and the game system that put life back into
the once dead video game industry (thanks again Atari!): the one and only Nintendo Entertainment
System! This system alone has nearly a decade worth of history and
to many it's still one of the greatest game systems of all time. Nintendo created their own video game system in 1983 called the Famicom (they were well
known for their arcade hit Donkey Kong at that time),
but this new system was only available in Japan..... so far. The
Nintendo President wanted to release the system to North America after
its success in Asia, but after the Great Video
Game Market Crash in 1984, nobody wanted to sell anything video
games related here anymore.
If Nintendo wanted to sell their NES (short for Nintendo Entertainment
System of course) in the North American markets they needed a plan to hide to fact
that was just another video game system from retailers who got burned
by Atari's mistakes. The NES was then designed to look like a common box
like VCR (instead of the Top Loading Japanese version) and the gimmick
accessory R.O.B. helped to fool nervous retailers into buying the
product. Nintendo made a deal with famous toy maker Mattel to help
release it in fall 1985 (complete with unique display units), and the
rest they say is history.
Another thing that helped the NES became so successful was its great list of games. A lot of now famous game series like the Metroid, Zeldaand Final Fantasy started right here on the good ol' NES and then moved on to next generation
like the Contra series, some say, are actually better on the NES
than the newer game machines. There are also games on the NES you won't
find anywhere else like The Guardian Legend, and Life Force (The Life Force
series is popular in Japan though, but sadly we never saw a real sequel
over here). The NES may be dead but it's not buried quite yet. Many still
love the NES and the revolution in gaming that changed the way we look
and play video games. It's part of our culture! For collectors those games
are now getting harder to find now of days and some of them may be worth
a pretty penny in the future. I still like this system because most of
the games are under 5 bucks and they still mostly play great despite their
age. The NES may be old but the system didn't last nearly 10 years for
nothing ya know.
Don't believe I have this many games, check out my video here. Warning, there is some curse words in it.
NES Accessories (what you need
The standard Nes Controller looked really weird to me at first because
I was still use to Atari's analog joysticks of the early eighties but
it didn't take before the new digital crosspads became second nature.
After a few hours of play though my hands did feel a bit stiff because
of the square and stiff design but that's usually a good sign that I have
been playing too long. The Select and Start buttons seem kinda pointless
and sometimes I wish there was a extra 'C' button to go with the other
2 red action ones.
Games like Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman, Freedom Force,
and at least 10 more games need the use of the Nintendo Light Gun to play.
Plug the gun in the second controller serial of the NES and then the system
should respond to your shots. Most light gun games are fairly limited
in the game play department so the Light gun and its are not must haves.
The ROB robot only supports 2 NES games (Stack Up, and Gyromite)
and is only recommend to serious video game collectors. The thing is really
quite useless because of it's slow reaction time, and thing even needs
the use of 4 AA batteries and 1 D battery. The original ROB also comes
with a bunch of gyros, add ons, and platforms plus the game Stack Up as
some very rare additional support parts as well.
This strange little device here was surrounded by controversy because
it lets you add cheats to your NES games. At the start of every game with
the Game Genie device on the bottom on your cart you can add interesting
stuff like extra or unlimited lives, higher jumps, instant power ups and
lots more. It's highly recommend that you buy a Game Genie with a code
book because making your own cheat codes can take way too long and there
is no guarantee your codes will work while playing if you decide to make
your own. This is not compatible with the NES2 and some games may not
work for the Game Genie as well. Nintendo themselves, did not license
or approve of the GG but Galoob released it anyway.
"Remember this thing?" Simply place the Power Glove on your
Right hand to play various games with your sudden hand strikes. Just buy
another REAL controller instead of one of these awkward things and their crazy sensors and codes.
Bandai originally released the Family Fitness Fun interactive floor mat
in 1987 and then Nintendo got the rights and redesigned as the Power Pad later on. Much like the common DDR pads for various systems the Power Pad lays on the floor and you simply step on the right button to play certain titles like Street Cop or Super Team Games. Nintendo sold it as a fun exercising gimmick but the pad sold poorly and there are only a handful of NES game that support this odd rug. One of them is the insanely rare Stadium Events which is the original version of World Track Meet.
Find Stadium Events NES on eBay!
The U Force box uses sensors to measure the actions of your hand but much
like the Power Glove, the new control take a lot of getting use to and
many did not like the concept or even care for that reason.
Rating: 95/100 Great
for beginners or experts a like. "Let's face it, the NES has it all!"
Rare Scale: 2/10 It's harder to find
one in mint shape than it was a few years ago so if you find one in good
shape you better pick it before it is too late. The Top
Loading Nes2 is nearly impossible to find here in Canada.