A Timeline Of Nintendo Game Consoles

1990 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Super Nintendo was the successor to the extremely popular Nintendo Entertainment System. It features highly advanced audio and visuals compared to other consoles at its time. It later came to be the most popular selling 16-bit console, competing with the Sega Genesis. It featured games such as Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, and Super Mario Brothers 3. It sold very well for many years after its initial release. 49 million units were shipped.

1995 – Virtual Boy

Nintendo’s Virtual Boy was a new approach to playing games. Although it was a portable system, it wasn’t exactly handheld. The user would wear the device on their head, and using red and black colors it would simulate a 3D like picture on the screen. It wasn’t exactly a success, it caused eye strain for some people, lacked multiplayer, and was kind of rushed due to the upcoming release of the Nintendo 64. Because of all of this, the Virtual Boy was discontinued after only one year of production.

 1996 – Nintendo 64

The Nintendo 64, code-named Project Reality during development, featured full immersive 3D graphics, which proved to be a huge success. The full 3D worlds featured in games like Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was something gamers loved with the new system. Although the system’s hardware was superior to others at the time, it still ran games with cartridges rather than CDs, which was a con with some. Despite that minor negative, the console still became hugely popular. The Nintendo 64 sold nearly 33 million units worldwide.

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