The Nintendo Entertainment System (oftenabbreviated as NES or simply Nintendo) is an 8-bit video game console that was released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, andAustralia in 1985. In most of Asia, including Japan (where it was firstlaunched in 1983), thePhilippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore, it was released as the Family ComputerThe best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video gameindustry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design to controller layout. In addition, with the NES, Nintendo introduced anow-standard business model of software licensing for third-party developers.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES was Nintendo's second home console, following theNintendo EntertainmentSystem (NES). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities that compensated for its relatively slow CPU, compared with other consoles at the time. Additionally, development of a varietyof enhancement chips (which shipped as part of certain game cartridges) helped to keep it competitive in the marketplace.
The Nintendo 64 often abbreviated as N64; It is Nintendo's last homeconsole to use cartridges to store games. The Nintendo 64 game library included a number of critically acclaimed and widely sold games. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was critically acclaimed onrelease and has led many polls for best game ever. Super Mario 64 was the system's best selling title (selling over eleven million copies) and also received praise from critics. 1997's GoldenEye 007, wasnominated by Marc Russo as one of the greatest games of all time, and, in his words, remains "to this day . . . the finest game I've ever played across any platform or genre." Its release was...