Nintendo Entertainment System
|Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Release dates|| July 15, 1983 (as Family Computer) |
October 18, 1985
The Nintendo Entertainment System (commonly abbreviated to NES) is a home video game console developed and released by Nintendo in 1985. It was first released in Japan as the Family Computer (also known as the Famicom) on July 15, 1983. The NES would grow to dominate a vast majority of the video game market throughout the 1980s and the early 1990s. The NES is often credited as the console that put Nintendo on the map internationally and single-handedly saved the industry from the video game crash of 1983.
The first two games of The Legend of Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, were originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Initially released on Family Computer Disk System, they were converted to standard cartridges for the international release, as the Disk System was never released outside of Japan. In 1994, the first game was re-released in Japan on a standard Family Computer cartridge format. Rather than the usual gray, the two The Legend of Zelda titles were each released in a gold-colored cartridge, which would also be the case for certain pressings of the two Nintendo 64 titles, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.