Following the "video game crash" of the early 80s, the Nintendo Entertainment System was the system that resuscitated a moribund industry. The hardware was based on the Family Computer (Famicom) which had proved a success in Japan. For the North American release, Nintendo wisely avoided being perceived as just another doomed video game console. The toploading Famicom was remodeled to be frontloading, looking more like a VCR than a game system. Nintendo's original release also included the Zapper light gun and ROB robot, bolstering its claims of being a true "entertainment system."
Needless to say, the system was a huge hit. To this day many older people still refer to all video game systems as "Nintendos," a testament to its overwhelming ubiquity in the mid to late 80s and into the early 90s. Gamers were enthralled by the huge library of available software and the quality of the games. The last licensed game, Wario's Woods, was released in 1994.
Processor: Custom Motorola 6502
Speed: 1.79 Mhz
RAM: 2 KB
Graphics Resolution: 256x240
Color Palette: 52 Colors
Colors On-Screen, Simultaneously: 16
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