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Is The Nintendo Entertainment System The Greatest Console Of All Time?

Posted by: on Jun 7, 2015 | No Comments

Over the past few months the TechGeniux staff have covered some classic game console such as the XboxOne, SNES, Playstation 4, Sega Dreamcast and Atari 2600, all in vain to see what game console is the greatest game console of all time. Today, we take a look at one of the classic game systems, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). As a teenager I  spent hours playing my NES and in my opinion it’s at the top of  the list of what a true classic game console should strive to be, with great games, great graphics and cult following.This article will give a general overview of the NES console and where it stands today among power house game consoles like the Xbox One, Wii U and Playstation 4. Just yesterday we shared a YouTube video on a Super Mario Bros.  secret level tip that was recently discovered. It took three decades for this secret level tip to be found, proving how amazing the NES system was in the 1980’s and still awesome in 2015!


The birth of video game consoles occurred with the development of the first working game console by Ralph Baer in 1966. The establishment of gaming consoles as a staple form of entertainment in the arena of home theaters took place a few years later with the arrival of arcade video game Pong. The popularity of this potent form of entertainment has enjoyed success as well as suffered massive failure. The onslaught of the Atari shock in Japan in 1983 which is popularly tagged as ‘the video game crash of 1983’ brought an unexpected end to the second generation of the video gaming console in North America.  Quite surprisingly that same year witnessed the advent of the Nintendo Entertainment System which was released in Japan on July 15, 1983. The Nintendo Entertainment System abbreviated as NES revived the almost barren market of gaming consoles which was littered with bankrupt companies. The company almost instantaneously achieved success with the Famicom in Japan in 1983.


The company’s initial endeavor in the world market was to be facilitated by a partnership deal with Atari, but it remained unrealized. Famicom then single-handedly planned its worldwide venture and the NES was created. This 8-bit home video game console soon took over the market and accrued enormous success. The light gun and Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) were alluring peripherals which garnered considerable acclaim. Nintendo ventured further with its gaming console and carved out a niche in the world market amassing huge capital due to its outstanding success. The unparalleled success of NES in 1990 can be estimated from the fact that back then 30% of American households owned the NES.


The initial release in 1985, in the US markets was used by the company for assessing the viability of their products and the success received propelled them to transact business across the country after the Holiday season in 1986. The gaming industry had already faced the decaying descent due to disputed gaming software of dubious quality. In order to maintain its name and fame, Nintendo, imposed an extremely stringent licensing program to combat that issue. Nintendo thus restricted the influx of unlicensed games by maintaining a strict process of approval. Third parties were allowed to create only a specific number of games a year for the NES and the same games were prohibited from being shared with competing consoles for two years. The rigorous procedure of approval and authentication which comprised of an effective first-party and third-party support enabled Nintendo to revitalize the almost dead home video game industry. The success story is further affirmed and attested by Imagine Games Network in 2009, where in a list of 25 games it ranks the Nintendo Entertainment System as the single greatest video game console ever.

Hope you enjoyed the article. With only four more slots left on our greatest all time game console top 10 list which four consoles should be on the list? Send us a tweet or drop us a tip in the comments!

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