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The History of Nintendo's Famicom

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was like Christmas morning in a grey, plastic box for gamers of a certain age. It was 1985, and Super Mario Bros. had just been released.

If you were fortunate enough to receive one of these systems as a gift, you most likely spent the next few years huddled around it with friends and family, playing classics like The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Donkey Kong.

However, before the NES took the world by storm, Nintendo released its first home gaming console in Japan: the Famicom.

The NES's Beginnings:

Nintendo Co., Ltd., a Japanese video game company, created the NES. Nintendo released the Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan in 1983. The Famicom was a smashing success, selling over 500,000 units in its first month. Nintendo decided to release the console in North America after seeing the success of the Famicom.

However, Nintendo made several changes to the Famicom hardware before doing so. They redesigned the console's casing and controller and removed two of the original Famicom chips (the Picture Processing Unit and another sound chip). These modifications were made to make the console more appealing to Americans.

The NES is Launched in America:

On October 18, 1985, the NES was released in New York City and Los Angeles. It was an instant hit, selling more than 1.5 million units in its first year on the market. With over 62 million units sold worldwide, the NES became one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all time.


The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is one of Nintendo's most recognizable gaming consoles. Many gamers are unaware that this console was designed in America. It was first released as the Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan, and then as the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America (NES). The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) revolutionized gaming and became one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all time. Thank you for your time!

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