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The system that brought video game consoles back from TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 in North America (they were pretty healthy elsewhere) and ushered in The8BitEra. Known in Japan as the Family Computer (commonly abbreviated as the "Famicom") and in South Korea as Hyundai Comboy (현대 컴보이) made by Hynix with unlicensed clones (most notably the {{Dendy}}) made in Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East and in China, it was the console that brought in the oldest and longest lasting competitor in the ConsoleWars, Creator/{{Nintendo}}. It also served as the initial console for many of gaming's oldest franchises, introduced the modern third-party licensing model for video games, and set the standards in control pads for consoles. It is still very much an icon of video games ([[FirstInstallmentWins less so]] the [[ProductFacelift redesigned variant]]).

The reason all NES games are tile-based is because that's what the NES does. The graphics system is a separate processor that has its own memory space for palettes and images. It only understands tiles, tilemaps, and sprites, and it implements them directly in the video output hardware. While this imposed limitations on developers that even UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} games didn't have to suffer under, it also freed them from having to deal with the minutiae of graphics. Yes, you could only do tile-based graphics with sprites, but at least they were ''good'' tile-based graphics.

While the NES-001 is an iconic part of video game history, it's pretty badly designed. While the Japanese version (HVC-001) is a remarkably solid piece of engineering that often continues to work over 25 years later, the American release (handled by Nintendo of America) was rather sloppily redesigned to distance itself from [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 pre-Crash]] consoles due to many vendors refusing to stock anything even remotely resembling the console, fearing that they wouldn't sell.

So what was wrong with the NES-001? Well...
* [=NoA=]'s industrial designers made the console look like a VCR, adopting a VCR-like front-loading cartridge. Due to expenses, a "zero insertion force" mechanism was used (put a cart in, fix it with a lever)...but said mechanism ended up putting great force on the pins in both cart and connector, bending them slightly more with each insertion and shoving the ROM board back into the cartridge.
* This was further compounded by using rather substandard materials for the connector and its frame, making it susceptible to bending. With each cartridge insertion, the cheaply-made pins and frame were bent more and more until no contact could be established. The fact that the pins were simple, ungilded copper and tarnished easily at exposure to moisture didn't help, and only intensified when [=NoA=] blamed dirty cartridges...which led to the classic tactic of [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blowing into the system and/or games]].
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* The infamous 10NES lockout chip, required for all NES cartridges. While intended to keep unlicensed games from being used, the fact that it required a constant connection meant that constant usage of the system made it block even the licensed titles (hence why the system occasionally resets once per second). The Famicom didn't have this problem because it had '''''no''''' lockout chip or any contact problems in the first place, all due to being a traditional top-loader.

Why so? Well, the Big N [[CashCowFranchise reaped enormous profits]] from being the sole manufacturer of the carts for its system, and thus [[ExecutiveMeddling being able to decide]] what gets published, in what amount, for what price, and what the developers would have from it. While the Japan branch was able to enforce it without resorting to technical means, the American one was wary of the Atari situation when everybody and their dog was producing carts for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}...hence the 10NES and 72-pin cartridge. But in a misguided attempt to make it easier to integrate the never-released American counterpart to the Famicom Disk System (the Japanese version used a rather convoluted hookup method that wouldn't have worked with the NES's front-loading design), [=NoA=] engineers removed two pins that connected the motherboard to the sound extension chips in the cart and rerouted them to the expansion connector on the bottom of the console, ensuring that American releases would always have inferior sound.

The NES-101 (aka "NES 2"), a top-loader styled after the SNES and a bit after the original Famicom, was released in 1993 and not only used a 2-pin version of the original 60-pin connector but further lacked the 10NES chip. Despite being released in all Nintendo markets simultaneously, [[FirstInstallmentWins nobody remembers it]]. The last official games were released in 1994, after which the console as a whole was discontinued...although Japan produced new units until 2003 and continued support until 2007 (and only stopped because they finally ran out of the necessary parts).

The NES' cultural impact and image is more subject to transatlantic dissonance than perhaps any other major games console: in North America it is iconic, and '''[[UnintentionalPeriodPiece is]]''' TheEighties for many people, whereas in Europe it was far more obscure--especially the UK, where Nintendo made some bad decisions with their source of distributor that meant that the NES' very ''existence'' was considered apocryphal by many kids who first encountered Nintendo through the SNES and Game Boy.

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!!Games/series that appeared or debuted on the NES include:
[[index]]
* ''10-Yard Fight''
* ''VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo''
** ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 1943: The Battle of Midway]]''
* ''VideoGame/The3DBattlesOfWorldRunner''
** ''JJ Tobidase Daisakusen Part 2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Abadox}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheMagicKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfRadGravity''
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''
** ''Square's Tom Sawyer''
* ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland''
** ''Adventure Island II''
** ''Adventure Island III''
** ''Adventure Island IV'' (Japan only)
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresOfDinoRiki''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresOfLolo''
** ''Adventures of Lolo 2''
** ''Adventures of Lolo 3''
* ''VideoGame/AirFortress''
* ''VideoGame/AfterBurner''
* ''VideoGame/AlienSyndrome''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagon}}''
* ''VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/{{Archon}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Astyanax}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Athena}}''
* ''VideoGame/AtlantisNoNazo''
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
* ''VideoGame/BadDudes''
* ''VideoGame/BalloonFight''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheBardsTaleTrilogy The Bard's Tale]]''
* ''VideoGame/BatmanSunsoft''
** ''Batman: Return of the Joker''
* ''VideoGame/BattleChess''
* ''VideoGame/BattleCity''
* ''VideoGame/BattleKidFortressOfPeril''
* ''VideoGame/BattleKid2MountainofTorment''
* ''VideoGame/TheBattleOfOlympus''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''
** ''Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team''
* ''VideoGame/BioForceApe''
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''
* ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}''
** ''VideoGame/BombermanII''
* ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob''
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''
** ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''
** ''Bubble Bobble Part II''
* ''VideoGame/BurgerTime''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}''
* ''VideoGame/CaptainComic''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Nebulus}} Castelian]]''
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''
* ''VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
* ''Videogame/ClashAtDemonhead''
* ''VideoGame/CobraTriangle''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}''
* ''VideoGame/CodeNameViper''
* ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}''
* ''VideoGame/ConquestOfTheCrystalPalace''
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}''
** ''Super C''
** ''Contra Force''
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}''
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyTowers''
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}} II''
* ''VideoGame/DefenderOfTheCrown''
* ''VideoGame/DefendersOfDynatronCity''
* ''VideoGame/DevilWorld''
* ''VideoGame/DigDug''
** ''Dig Dug II''
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''
** ''Donkey Kong Junior''
** ''Donkey Kong 3''
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonI''
** ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonII: The Revenge''
** ''Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones''
* ''VideoGame/DragonStrike''
* ''VideoGame/DrChaos''
* ''[[VideoGame/DrMario Dr. Mario]]''
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI''
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII''
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''
* ''VideoGame/DuckHunt''
* ''VideoGame/DuckTales''
** ''Duck Tales 2''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother 1}} Earthbound Zero]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Excite}}Bike''
* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Famicom Wars]]'' (the precursor to the later ''Advance Wars'' series)
* ''VideoGame/{{Faxanadu}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]]''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: The Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light]]''
** ''Fire Emblem Gaiden''
* ''VideoGame/{{Friday the 13th}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}''
** ''Gauntlet II''
* ''VideoGame/GenghisKhan''
* ''VideoGame/GenpeiToumaDen: Computer Board Game''
* ''VideoGame/GetsuFumaDen''
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''
** ''[[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest Gargoyle's Quest II]]''
* ''VideoGame/GhoulSchool''
* ''VideoGame/MrGimmick''
* ''VideoGame/TheGoonies''
** ''The Goonies 2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' (and the KonamiCode)
* ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend''
* ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar''
* ''VideoGame/GunNac''
* ''VideoGame/HammerinHarry''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyBarrel''
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheLance''
* An adaptation of ''Pinball/HighSpeed''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hydlide}}''
* ''VideoGame/IceClimber''
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''
** ''Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road''
** ''Ikari III: The Rescue''
* ''VideoGame/TheImmortal''
* ''VideoGame/{{Jackal}}''
* ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu''
* ''VideoGame/{{Jaws}}''
* ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac''
* ''VideoGame/JourneyToSilius'' (a.k.a. ''Rough World'')
* ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''
* ''VideoGame/JoyMechFight''
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/JurassicPark''
* ''VideoGame/KabukiQuantumFighter''
* ''VideoGame/KarateChamp''
* ''VideoGame/TheKarateKid''
* ''VideoGame/{{Karateka}}''
* ''VideoGame/KartFighter'' (unlicensed)
* ''VideoGame/KickleCubicle''
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarus''
* ''VideoGame/KidNikiRadicalNinja''
* ''VideoGame/KingsKnight''
* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/{{Klax}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kung Fu|Master}}''
** ''Spartan X 2''
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKage''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''
* ''VideoGame/LegendaryWings''
* ''VideoGame/TheLittleMermaid''
* ''VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster''
* ''VideoGame/LittleSamson''
* ''VideoGame/LodeRunner''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalDoropie'' (AKA ''The Krion Conquest'')
* ''VideoGame/TheMagicOfScheherazade''
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mappy}}''
** ''Mappy Kids''
** ''Mappy-Land''
* ''VideoGame/MarbleMadness''
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan4''
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan5''
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan6''
** ''Wily & Right no Rock Board: That's Paradise!''
* ''VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII''
* ''VideoGame/MendelPalace''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear''
** ''VideoGame/SnakesRevenge''
* ''VideoGame/MetalStorm''
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
* ''VideoGame/MickeyMousecapade''
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic Book I: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum''
* ''[[VideoGame/BombJack Mighty Bomb Jack]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Mighty Final Fight]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Mike Tyson's Punch Out!]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/MilonsSecretCastle Milon's Secret Castle]]''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterParty''
* ''VideoGame/MoonCrystal''
* ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}''
* ''VideoGame/NazoNoMurasamejo'' (Japan-only)
* ''Nekketsu Kōha VideoGame/KunioKun'' (''Renegade'')
** ''Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball Bu'' (''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall'')
** ''Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari'' (''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'')
** ''Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen'' (''Nintendo World Cup'')
** ''Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai''
** ''Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zen'in Shūgō''
** ''Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu: Subette Koronde Dairantō''
** ''Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal'' (''[[VideoGame/CrashNTheBoys Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'')
** ''Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu''
** ''Kunio-kun no Nekketsu Soccer League''
** ''Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes''
* ''VideoGame/TheNewZealandStory''
* ''[[Videogame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES A Nightmare on Elm Street]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}'' aka ''Nightshade: Part 1 The Claws of Sutekh''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''
** ''Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos''
** ''Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom''
* ''VideoGame/NintendoWorldChampionships''
* ''[[VideoGame/NutsAndMilk Nuts & Milk]]''
* ''VideoGame/OperationWolf''
* ''VideoGame/PacMan''
** ''Ms. Pac-Man''
** ''Pac-Land''
** ''Pac-Mania''
* ''VideoGame/{{Paperboy}}''
** ''Paperboy 2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''
* ''VideoGame/PhantomFighter''
* ''Film/{{Platoon}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Popeye}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Prince of Persia|1}}''
* ''VideoGame/PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/ProWrestling''
* ''VideoGame/QBert''
* ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}''
* ''VideoGame/RadRacer''
** ''Rad Racer II''
* ''VideoGame/RBIBaseball''
* ''VideoGame/RCProAm''
* ''VideoGame/{{Recca}} (Summer Carnival '92)''
* ''VideoGame/RoboWarrior''
* ''VideoGame/RockinKats''
* ''VideoGame/RodLand''
* ''VideoGame/RollerBall''
* ''VideoGame/RushNAttack''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rygar}}''
* ''VideoGame/SaintSeiyaOugonDensetsu''
** ''Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen''
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiZombieNation''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadowgate}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}''
* ''VideoGame/ShufflepuckCafe''
* ''VideoGame/SilverSurfer''
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheSmurfs1994 The Smurfs]]''
* ''VideoGame/SnakeRattleNRoll''
* ''VideoGame/SnowBros''
* ''VideoGame/SolarJetman''
* ''VideoGame/SolomonsKey''
* ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier''
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunker}}''
** ''Spelunker II: Yuushahe no Chousen''
* ''VideoGame/SpiritualWarfare''
* ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''
* ''[[VideoGame/StanleyTheSearchForDrLivingston Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingston]]''
* ''VideoGame/StarSoldier''
* ''VideoGame/StarTropics''
** ''Star Tropics II: Zoda's Revenge''
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter2010''
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}''
* ''VideoGame/SuperChinese'' (AKA ''Kung-Fu Heroes'')
** ''Super Chinese 2: Dragon Kid'' (AKA ''Little Ninja Brothers'')
** ''Super Chinese 3''
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2''
* ''VideoGame/SweetHome''
* ''VideoGame/TakeshisChallenge''
* ''VideoGame/TecmoBowl''
* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheManhattanProject Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project]]''
** ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters''
* ''Videogame/{{Tetris}}''. Notably, there are three NES ''Tetris'' games all sharing the same name: The "official" Nintendo version, the unlicensed Tengen version that is a port of the arcade version by Atari, and the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] version by Bullet-Proof Software.
** ''Tetris 2''
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartVsTheSpaceMutants''
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartVsTheWorld''
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartmanMeetsRadioactiveMan''
* ''VideoGame/{{Thexder}}''
* ''VideoGame/ThunderAndLightning''
* ''VideoGame/TigerHeli''
* ''VideoGame/TimeLord''
* ''[[VideoGame/AstekaIITemploDelSol Tombs & Treasure]]''
* ''VideoGame/TotallyRad''
* ''VideoGame/TouhouKenbunRoku''
* ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga''
** ''VideoGame/TheQuestOfKi''
* ''VideoGame/TrackAndField''
* ''VideoGame/TransformersConvoyNoNazo''
* ''VideoGame/{{TwinBee}}''
** ''Moero [=TwinBee=]'' (''Stinger'')
** ''[=TwinBee=] 3''
* ''VideoGame/TwinCobra''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ufouria}}''
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIII: Exodus''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaIV: Quest of the Avatar''
** ''VideoGame/UltimaV: Warriors of Destiny''
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedWaters''
* ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}''
* ''VideoGame/WaiWaiWorld''
* ''VideoGame/WallyBearAndTheNoGang''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wardner}} no Mori'' (Famicom Disk System exclusive)
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}''
** ''Wizardry 2''
* ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''
** ''Wizards and Warriors 2: Iron Sword''
* ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew''
* ''VideoGame/WURMJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''
* ''VideoGame/{{Xevious}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Xexyz}}''
* ''VideoGame/YieArKungFu''
* ''Franchise/{{Ys}}''
** ''Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter''
* ''VideoGame/{{Zanac}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}''
** ''Zoids 2''
** ''Zoids 3''
[[/index]]

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