The History of Nintendo Consoles

I’ve always been a big fan of Nintendo consoles. In fact, my very first console was the SNES, and I will never forget playing Power Rangers and Donkey Kong on it back when I was 11 years old. It’s amazing how time flies, huh?

Nintendo has been around 27 years now. It’s a great company, and their products were very popular before we had Microsoft and Sony. So today, I want to look at how Nintendo has progressed, from when it was opened on 23 September 1889 to our present day.

Before you get started on this read, you might want to check out my other article on the epic battle between the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS!

First, the evolution of their consoles. Their first home console was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It is an 8-bit system that introduced Nintendo’s most popular franchises, like The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and Super Mario Bros. This console’s successor was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was released 5 years after the (NES). It’s a 16-bit system and was a global success. This introduced more popular franchises, like StarFox and Mega Man.

The SNES was followed by the Nintendo 64, which was released along with Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Then, Nintendo released a system similar to the Xbox, the Nintendo Gamecube. This system was the first to use discs, unlike its predecessors which used cartridges. But, the Gamecube wasn’t able to sell as much as the SNES, or the Nintendo 64. Although, its successor is the most successful home console of all time – the Wii.

The Wii brought a whole new experience to video games with its controllers that can detect motion in three dimensions. The drawback of the Wii is that, unlike the other consoles in its generation, it can only achieve 480p, while the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 can achieve 1080p. In 2012, the Wii U was released. Although a good console, it didn’t sell the way Nintendo wanted it too. The system brought a new controller, the Gamepad. The Gamepad is a tablet-like device with two joysticks, the four buttons which are the same as the buttons on the 3DS. Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario Maker were all games that boosted the sales of the console.

As well as Nintendo’s home consoles, they manufactured portable consoles as well. The Game and Watch was the first system. It used two screens and had two buttons; Button A and Button B. Only one game was able to be played, so you’d have to buy different systems for games, for example, you could buy a Game and Watch with Donkey Kong 2, then another with Zelda.

This was followed by the Game Boy, which was a best-seller in its day. They were also able to release the Game Boy Color, which was the same as the Game Boy, but the games had color, and the Game Boy Advance, which shares a similar design to the Wii U Gamepad. The Virtual Boy was the first console to display true 3D graphics, but it was discontinued a few months after its release. The Nintendo DS, released in 2004, gets its design from the Game and Watch, but the lower screen is touchscreen.

The system also has a built-in microphone, a stylus (a pen for the lower screen) and WiFi. Other consoles in the DS franchise were the DSi and the DSi XL. The latest portable console is the 3DS, which is the same as the DSi, but it has autostereoscopic 3D effects. Autostereoscopy is a process that sends different images to the left and right eyes to enable the viewer to view the screen in 3D “without the need for special glasses”. (A good scientific fact!) Other systems in the 3DS franchise are the 3DS XL and the 2DS.

Hopefully, you picked up some information and you can now go to your other friends who like Nintendo as much as you and show them how much more you know about Nintendo’s long-standing history than them!