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Okay, I'll admit. I not only grew up playing with computers, but I also experienced the very first Nintendo system. Nintendo was founded by a software company in Kyoto, Japan in 1974. The man behind the company is named Shigeru Miyamoto. They became very popular in America when they released the Nintendo Entertainment System. I had my first experience playing this around 1987, which about a year after that I was into personal computers.

Super Mario Brothers

Okay, I'll admit. I not only grew up playing with computers, but I also experienced the very first Nintendo system. Nintendo was founded by a software company in Kyoto, Japan in 1974. They began very popular in America when they released the Nintendo Entertainment System. I had my first experience playing this around 1987, which about a year after I was into personal computers.

Nintendo Entertainment System

Below is a picture of the very first game console that had no keyboard. Many consoles being released at that time came with a keyboard, but Nintendo took a different direction. They also ran a special that allowed you to receive several games included with the system, two controllers, and a light gun. The games included Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt.

The first Mario Bros.

There may likely be some people that never knew that Super Mario Brothers was not the first game for its series. However, the original only had single screens, no scrolling, and average gameplay. I first remember playing it on the Atari home computer.

Mario Bros

Duck Hunt

The second game, Duck Hunt challenged you to master your skeet shooting skills using the light gun that Nintendo had packaged with the unit. Whenever you missed shots for the round, a giggling dog would appear from behind the background. This was directed toward younger children so it was a key strategy with Nintendo to include the cartoon characters. Most games of that time for the personal computers often did not include cartoon characters. So I believe Nintendo set a standard for that.

Nintendo Duck Hunt Nintendo Duck Hunt

The first console game controller

The first game controllers for a console were made popular by Nintendo during its release. the controller was totally different from the standard one stick joysticks that existed in those days. This controller however, was a legend and soon set the stage for many other modifications that came after it. It was made to fit more snugly between two hands. It also relied one on your fingers than your wrists..

The Atari 2600 joystick is seen to the below. It became popular during its age too, since it was compatible to work on the home computers systems, including the Commodore 64.

Nintendo game controller Atari joystick

Nintendo Entertainment System games

Nintendo would go on to release even more amazing games to add to their list. The graphics were very good for the time and actually included more color on the screen than was common on other systems. Some of the popular games (my favorites), I have listed below, such as Mike Tyson's Punch Out, The Legend of Zelda, Tecmo Bowl, and Friday the 13th.

Nintendo Tecmo Bowl Nintendo Legend of Zelda Nintendo Tecmo Bowl Nintendo Friday the 13th

Videos for some of the games

For your enjoyment, I have included several games in a YouTube video below.

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