Nintendo Entertainment System
NES LogoNintendo Entertainment System
Developer 250px-Nintendo svg
Console type Home console
Backwards compatibility Color TV Game
Forwards compatibility Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the NES for short) is a video game console created by Nintendo. It is the western version of the Famicom 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.

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 the USA, 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 NES Controller.

The NES Controller has the 16px-NES A.svg and 16px-NES B.svg Buttons along with the NES Start and NES Select buttons and the 22px-NES Pad. The scheme of the NES controller is the base for all of the newer controllers: the pad on the left, buttons in the right, and the start and select buttons in the middle.

Due to the lack of security, many NES games have become pirated, creating games such as 999-in-1, but due to better security, these games have seemingly slowed down.

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.



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


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  • An NES controller appears as one of the tokens in the 2006 version of Nintendo Monopoly.
  • This console is in the 1st spot of IGN's Top 25 Game Consoles.
  • The controller was used as the door for the coding of the game Sugar Rush in the movie Wreck-It Ralph.


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