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Just like the Great Depression of 1929 in the United States, the worst of times for the electronic entertainment industry arrived just a few years after the Atari fame, during the mid-1980s. However, a Japanese company changed the future of the industry 30 years ago with the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Because of Nintendo, the industry came back to life with the release of great virtual stars who arrived to various corners of the world after the low quality of games seen in titles like ET: The Extra-Terrestrial and others. With the presence of such heroes and heroines in several televisions at homes such as Mario, Samus Aran and Link, the industry began its renaissance period by putting 100,000 NES consoles on sale in New York City on this day thirty years ago. The success of this limited sale was what led Nintendo to make an expansion to other cities the following year.

Nintendo knew how to wait to bring its console known as the Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES) released in 1983 in its homeland where it experienced lots of success. The company’s insistence of showing the NEW to US stores from the president of Nintendo of America, Mr. Moniru Arakaea, brought the industry back to life. Perhaps that was the least desired strategy by Nintendo but it opened the door to success to the Japanese company in America.

After 30 years of fun in front of our TVs, Nintendo continues on delighting us more and more every day with lots of entertaining and creative games for all ages.

Happy 30th Anniversary, NES!

[Source]: Wikipedia: Nintendo Entertainment System.

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