Happy Birthday, and congratulations to the NES!

We’re wishing a belated happy birthday to one of gamings greats today. It’s hard to believe that the Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES) turned 30 on the 15th of July. While it’s been 20 years since it was a must have device - even that was pushing it with the SNES and the Genesis/Megadrive being on the scene - there is no doubting that this little console pushed the boundaries of home gaming and introduced us to characters still rendered today, albeit in HD.

Our friends over at Ars Technica have put together a fitting tribute to the latest console to enter the 30’s club, and while it makes for a good read, we at Neowin want to know your experiences with the console, the highs and lows, the gaming wins (and losses), and what games shaped, not only your gaming experience, but helped you through your childhood, and possibly even your now adult lives.

For me, I’ve got a soft spot for this console, and the games that graced it. I remember saving all my Christmas money to get the NES when I was 9 (in 1989). I bought it with the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles bundle and I think it cost me £90, which is a lot of money for a 9 year old to spend, even by gaming standards today! Oh how I loved and hated that game (see Angry Video Game Nerd on YouTube for an accurate representation of my emotions, more so now with the heavy swearing). But I soon bought The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest, Tetris, Bubble Bobble, Super Mario Bros 3 and Megaman 2.

The games and console shaped my young life and my perception of what gaming was. To this day, I still play The Legend of Zelda and Megaman 2 when I want a proper thrill – I’m more than getting my money back on replay value alone. Although that flashing grey screen is more problematic now than 20 years ago!

Source: Ars Technica | Images courtesy of Ars Technica and Nintendo Life

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Anyone here personally remember how much the console was at launch? How much were controllers, games, etc?
Edit: My research says $199 in the US. Anyone can confirm or give personal memories as to the cost?

How can it have been that long? I still remember my dad bringing it home one day out of the blue and how absolutely amazing Super Mario Bros. was compared to the old Atari 2600 game we still had at the time. The night I beat it for the first time I was eating Pop-Tarts. Funny how you remember certain things like that.

Heck some even said that NES is 'The Hero' that rescues the Americans from Video Game Crash ...

and thats why some lazy journalist coined the 'Nintendo Medals'
not genesis medals nor atari medals nor playstation medals nor xbox medals not even Drones medals ...

Ah I still play this bad boy. It NEVER gets boring. There's still games I want to get and play on the console itself. Little Samson is supposed to be real fun, must get it somehow.

The days when games came with consoles. Still miss Duck Hunt. I played NES so much that it broke on me and my dad got me a SNES after that. I never did understand the power glove tho. Need to find a couple of The Wizard.

NES is still to this day one of my favorite consoles of all time. The games were classic and addictive. Where graphics lacked, our imaginations made up for it. Something most games today having difficulty implementing. It's what gave the NES its magic.

Purchased mine from Nintendo UK's head office in Portsmouth back in the day. Bundled with Duck Hunt and Lightgun. Had plenty of play, still in its original unmarked box in polystyrene. Have 20+ games in original boxes with manuals. I will never ever sell it!

I still say the NES and SNES where the best consoles ever, so many game franchises started on them, so much innovation in gaming started there...

btw the SNES is technically a sony system, as they designed most of the hardware

Edited by neufuse, Jul 16 2013, 12:14pm :

Nintendo backed down on letting Sony build the chipsets. After letting Sony put a load of research, time and development into it.
PSX is the result of Nintendo backing down Revenge is sweet I think

LimeMaster92 said,
Actually they only made the sound chip for the SNES.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPC700

there was more done by sony then just the sound chip, at one point sony was even working on a CD drive for the SNES (later morphed into the playstation) Sony designed the interconnect on the SNES (never used in the USA)

Why you replaced original beautiful Japanese version with bastardized American as title picture? Why not put both?

I used Dendy anyway. There in Russia there were no official Nintendo consoles and cartridges, only clones (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQr3tnjHlg with English subtitles, incredible documentary about NES clones in Russia). My father bought Dendy Junior II (http://commons.wikimedia.org/w...Junior_II_frontrt_ctrls.JPG ) as a present on my birthday in 1994 (±1 year). Our TV at that time was soviet Рубин PAL/SECAM so I played games in colour unlike most of my friends which have SECAM only TVs.
The most important games for my family was Duck Hunt. My sister loved to play Ice Climber and Monster In My Pocket with me, my father was a Wild Gunman fan. My mother loved Tetris and Galaxian. I loved "Captain America and the Avengers" but because it was called "AVENGERS" on my multigame cartridge and like all other games it was in Japan localisation I did knew that it was about. Same with Shatterhand which was under name ROBOCOP 3 (real Robocop 3 pirates renamed to Robocop 4). I loved both Battletoads games and always wanted to play them in cooperative mode but most of my friends and relatives hated it.

anonymf said,
Why you replaced original beautiful Japanese version with bastardized American as title picture? Why not put both?

I used Dendy anyway. There in Russia there were no official Nintendo consoles and cartridges, only clones (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQr3tnjHlg with English subtitles, incredible documentary about NES clones in Russia). My father bought Dendy Junior II (http://commons.wikimedia.org/w...Junior_II_frontrt_ctrls.JPG ) as a present on my birthday in 1994 (±1 year). Our TV at that time was soviet Рубин PAL/SECAM so I played games in colour unlike most of my friends which have SECAM only TVs.
The most important games for my family was Duck Hunt. My sister loved to play Ice Climber and Monster In My Pocket with me, my father was a Wild Gunman fan. My mother loved Tetris and Galaxian. I loved "Captain America and the Avengers" but because it was called "AVENGERS" on my multigame cartridge and like all other games it was in Japan localisation I did knew that it was about. Same with Shatterhand which was under name ROBOCOP 3 (real Robocop 3 pirates renamed to Robocop 4). I loved both Battletoads games and always wanted to play them in cooperative mode but most of my friends and relatives hated it.

I think it's what you are used to because i thought the first image was disgusting, i've never seen it before.. but it looked like one of those plug and play '50 games in one unit' you can buy from supermarkets n stuff.. the UK NES, SNES and Genesis looks amazing compared to the jap version

Played the first Mario Bros all the time. Always used that cheat to get all the extra lives. 99 lives was the most you could get I believe.

techbeck said,
Played the first Mario Bros all the time. Always used that cheat to get all the extra lives. 99 lives was the most you could get I believe.

it used to change to crows instead of numbers and random letters

We had a NES in about '86 or '87. We had the bundle that came with Duck Hunt, and then we slowly added Super Mario Brothers 1, 2 & 3, Zelda (with the gold cartridge), Micro Machines, Dizzy and then the game genie (or NES equivelant if the genie was SEGA). I also had the black carry case to put it all in when I took it round to my mates.

Highs were completing the Mario Bros games, and the lows were certainty getting well and truly stuck in Zelda. Good times were playing multi-player micro machines, which was superseded by multi-tap Super Bomberman on the SNES and then Golden Eye on the N64.

We didn't have Tetris on the NES as we had a Gameboy for that.

Uplift said,
What the hell is that first picture, i owned a NES and it looked nothing like that?

That's the Famicon, the Japanese version.

That's a NES. That's what they looked like; I had one when I was a kid.

Still have a box of NES games sitting in my bedroom (unfortunately, no console to play them on D:)

You may have a SNES, either that or you had the NES 2, which I doubt since it wasn't a very successful remade version of the NES.

NES2, u meant the 16bit NES? That one here in the EU looked identical to the normal NES.
Just game stickers/stars where oval instead of completely round to tell the difference.

No it was definitely a NES, the picture has been updated..

I seem to remember the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) and SNES having different versions to the UK/US(?) as well and they was also extremely ugly compared to the version in the UK/US.

Everyone i know had the NES that is now pictured.. so is the other picture the american version?

Chsoriano said,

Damnit, I missed it... Bring back the old picture so we can see the differences!

I agree. What was the old picture? The one there now is what I saw this morning.