The following can be considered an informational assessment of the Nintendo consoles right from the original Nintendo Entertainment System to the Nintendo Wii and wii points. There is much information and difference when it comes to console releases in Japan as opposed to North America. This article will focus on the video game information in the North American market.
It all began back in 1983. Nintendo release the Nintendo Entertainment System. With the likes of the original Super Mario Bros. this system included many classics that are still being played and enjoyed today on the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo knew what they were doing when the implemented the wii points concept and allowed players to download the content right from them in exchange for the points.
Capitalizing on the success of their first real console, Nintendo thought it a good idea to bring all the fun of the Nintendo Entertainment system into the comfort of the back seat of a car. Which would be known as the Nintendo Game Boy. One of the most successful hand held gaming systems of all time. The Game Boy brought all the fun of the Nintendo games right into your hand. It was bundled with the game Tetris and it too has become a classic of gaming shortly after its release. Building upon that franchise Nintendo has continued it’s Game Boy line. Afterward Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and finally Game Boy Advance SP (Also Game Boy Advance Micro if you really want to be technical.).
Getting back to the main consoles, Nintendo went and updated their already successful Nintendo Entertainment System by creating and distributing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES. Becoming the most successful and played console of all time, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is still loved today amongst gamers. The games that could be found on this console are also being downloaded through the Nintendo Wii’s shop channel via the use of wii points.
After this Nintendo really went out on a limb and decided to attempt a purely 3D experience. It was called the virtual Boy. Essentially it was a base in which you would insert your head in order to be surrounded by the 3D graphics. These graphics consisted of red lines against a black screen. This system, needless to say, did not last long. Which brings us to the next item on the list for Nintendo systems.
The Nintendo 64, or N64 as it came to be known, did not dominate the console market but it wasn’t too shabby. Releasing classics such as Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time this console was the last of the Nintendo systems to use cartridges.
At the end of the N64’s run Nintendo decided to update it’s hand held system and created the DS (which has already gone through several different looks of its own.) as well as come out with a new console. The Nintendo Gamecube. This too did not dominate the other rivals but it did hold its own. The games on this system contained the best graphics to date for a Nintendo console.
Finally it brings us to 2006 when Nintendo revealed its newest creation; the Nintendo Wii. (Originally to have been called the Nintendo Revolution.) Nintendo beat out the competition by institution very unique controls that actually work in most cases. You hold the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck and the character moves as well. This along with the innovative wii points system. By spending wii points you are able to download many of the classic games that have appeared on this list of past consoles.
Nintendo has a long legacy to keep up. If the success of their systems, especially their most recent additions is any indications, they will be around a long time and continuing to make systems that bring joy to many around the world.