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ファミリーコンピュータ Famirī Konpyūta
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North American model
Release dates
Japan July 15, 1983
North America October 18, 1985 
Europe September 1, 1986
Technical information
Display 8-bit
Media ROM cartridge
Other information
Console generation Third generation
Console type Home console
Successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System (Japanese: ファミリーコンピュータ Family Computer, or ファミコン Famicom), often abbreviated as the NES, is the second home video game console developed by Nintendo (the first being the Japan-only Color TV-Game series released from 1977-1980). This console is often credited with beginning the third generation of video and computer games. The first title in the EarthBound series was released for this system, though only in Japan. Sales for the Nintendo Entertainment System were high, with a strong lineup of exclusive games such as Kirby's Adventure, Metroid, and Ice Climbers. The console's best-selling titles are Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. The Nintendo Entertainment System was succeeded by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Many games for the Nintendo Entertainment System were re-released as Virtual Console titles on the Wii Shop Channel and later the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Among these titles is Mother, which was released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2015. Several Nintendo Entertainment System titles are included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as Masterpieces.

Hardware

The Nintendo Entertainment System supported 8-bit graphics, whereas most consoles of the second generation of video games only supported 1-bit or 4-bit graphics. The Nintendo Entertainment System also supported 2-player games, though Mother did not utilize this feature.

EarthBound games for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Trivia

  • Ninten's name is an abbreviation of Nintendo and a nod to the Nintendo Entertainment System.


Systems with EarthBound and Super Smash Bros. games.
Home consoles
NESSNESN64GCNWiiWii UNintendo Switch
Handheld consoles
GBADS3DSNintendo Switch
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