What we today call the NES – Nintendo Entertainment System – launched in Japan in 1983 as the Famicom – Family Computer. The Famicom, NES and related systems went on to sell tens of millions of units worldwide and is widely regarded to have kicked off the re-birth of console gaming after the 1983 video game crash. These systems went on to sell tens of millions of units worldwide and had a long life – NES and Famicom were actively sold and supported by Nintendo from 1983 to 1995 in the US and all the way to 2003 in Japan!

The NES came out at the tail end of the 8-bit era and benefited from all the lessons learned in console development up to that point. Its CPU made use of the common 6502 instruction set, with integrated…

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