Blast From The Past! A Look At The 1985 Launch of The NES!
What New York City Looked like during the 1985 Launch of The NES.
In 1985 on October 18th, the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. At the time, no one really k
At the time the retailers didn’t want to listen to a startup called Nintendo of North America. They kept telling everyone in the retail industry that their parent company in Japan released a console called the
17 games were included in the 1985 Launch of The NES:
- Duck Hunt (included with console)
- Gyromite (included with console)
- 10-Yard Fight
- Clu Clu Land
- Donkey Kong Jr. Math
- Hogan’s Alley
- Ice Climber
- Kung Fu
- Mach Rider
- Wild Gunman
- Wrecking Crew
In an article by the New York Times From 1988 by Douglas C. McGill, you can clearly see how popular the gaming system was.
For the uninitiated, the basic Nintendo system consists of a control deck that attaches to any television, transforming it into a screen that plays video games. This ”hardware” comes with a hand-operated ”joystick,” which the players use to control the on-screen video. This costs about $100. Then, there are ”software” game cassettes to be inserted in the control deck, which cost from $25 to $45 per game. When played, the game cassettes can take up to 70 hours to complete. Some 10 million Nintendo ”home video entertainment systems” have been sold in the United States in recent years and have sparked a firestorm of interest that toy industry expertsNew York Times 1988