- The Famicom is introduced in Japan
- Games of this era consist of the
most basic of game design.
- Virtually no scrolling, either
horozontal or vertical, games are strictly one
screen action games. Graphics are very limited
and some even look like Atari 2600 games. The
games of this era are very primitive.
- Games of this era include: Donkey
Kong, Balloon Fight, Mario Bros.
- Games of this era are produced
exclusively by Nintendo, and feature plain, grey
labels on the carts.
- The NES is released in the US
- Nintendo approves third parties to
- Games of this generation are
noticably improved over the first generation.
Scrolling, usually in one direction at a time, is
- Games typical of this era include:
early first party games such as Chubby Cherub,
Fist of the North Star, and most notably, the
game which I believe started this new generation,
Super Mario Bros.
- The Famicom sees a barrage of
primitive shooters, including B-Wings, Tiger
Heli, and others.
- The Famicom Disk System (FDS) is
- The NES/FC begins to really shine
in this generation! These games would forever
makr the NES as one of the great revolutionary
systems of all time.
- Significant graphical improvement
- The Legend of Zelda 1 and 2,
Metroid, Kid Icarus, Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! and
other classic games were released.
- This generation introduced the
password and battery backup features, which would
be crutial to adventure and RPG games.
- This generation would follow-up on
the success of the previous one. Games of this
generation would see much better graphics and
more complex gameplay than games of the previous
- Games such as Blaster Master,
Crystalis would continue the NES/FC legacy of
- The first unlicensed Famicom games
- Mass piracy of FC games occurs,
especially FDS games which are easily copied
- This generation would see a great
deal of scandal for the NES. The barrage of
Nintendo lawsuits would step into high gear,
icnluding the infamous lawsuit against Tengen for
their version of Tetris.
- The last era of new NES/FC game
development. Only this and the following
generation would see any more NES/FC games
- The SNES and Sega Genesis are now
both on the market, and biding for gamer's
dollars, and attempting to dethrone the NES.
- About 50 million NES units, to
this point, have been sold in the US alone
- A fury of unlicensed
NES games appearm from a variety of
companies trying to cash in on the huge success
of the NES. Among them, Tengen, Color Dreams,
Caltron, AVE, Panesian, and many others.
- Games of this generation include:
Super Mario Bros. 3
- The last FDS game is released
- This is the last generation of
original NES and FC games. The SNES and Genesis
have left the NES largely abandoned by the gaming
- This generation of NES games
pushes the NES to its absolute limits. Graphics
almost rivaling 16 bit can be found.
- Games of this generation include:
StarTropics 2, a variety of Taito Hanna Barbera
cartoon-based games, and Wario's Woods.
- Unlicensed game companies also
abandon the NES/FC
- The NES would be largely abandoned
and forgotten in the mainstream gaming public,
until about 1996.
- 1996 marked a significant turn in
the history of the NES. The NES would revived, at
least in a limited circle of gamers. Two
significant events marked the reinterest in the
NES: the Internet opened up a whole new world for
NES fans to get together and share info about the
NES, and sparked a new interest in the machine;
this was actually true of all classic gaming
consoles that were no longer supported. Even more
significant, was the era of console game
emulation. The emulation of the NES, I believe,
was the match which sparked a whole new fire of
interest in this machine by a large number of
people. Some people love emulation, some people
absolutely hate emulation and it is their bane of
their existance, but its effects of the increase
of the popularity of the NES is undeniable.
- A surge in sales of (used) NES
games hits the US, and even more so in Japan, to
the point it is fast beocming a viable gaming
- Piracy in Asia of NES/FC games
continues seemingly unhindered, due to the
NES/FC's continued popularity there