Originally released in Japan in 1983 under the name Famicom (for Family Computer), the NES is the cosmetically-adjusted version sold in the European, North American and Australian markets. The 8-bit console had a major role in revitalising the video game market, after the crash of 1983 that had seen the demise of many of the original market leaders. It went on to become the best-selling console of its era, with peers of the day including the Sega Master System and the Atari 7800, with best-selling games such as Super Mario Bros making their appearance on the system. It was later succeeded by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the release of which was staggered between late 1990 in Japan through to mid-1992 in Australia.
Donated/on loan from: Prof. Steven Furnell, Plymouth University
Snoopy is a Tabletop and Panorama Game & Watch video game released in June of 1983 by Nintendo (the version on display here is the panorama edition). In both games, you're required to hit the musical notes when they arrive in the appropriate position. Nintendo released a number of titles in this... (read more)Nintendo, 1983
Designed by the same staff responsible for Nintendo's successful Game & Watch series, the Game Boy was a defining product for handheld gaming. While technically inferior to some of its competitors, with faster processors and/or colour screens, the Game Boy triumphed in the market thanks to two es... (read more)Nintendo, 1989
The DS Lite was the first redesign of the popular DS handheld, which had originally been released in 2004. As the name suggests, the key difference was a slimmer, lighter design, with the device weighing 218 grams (as opposed to the 275 of the original). It did, however, also enjoy a slightly l... (read more)Nintendo, 2006