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Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is a legendary game console that greatly influenced the world of video games. The console was first released in Japan in 1983 as the Family Computer (FC) - also known as the Famicom. The Famicom was remade into the NES, which was released to US test markets in 1985 and was soon fully launched in other regions. After its launch, the NES quickly gained popularity among gamers thanks to its impressive game library and innovative controls. The NES featured several groundbreaking games, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, which became cult classics and continue to have sequels to this day. In 1990, it was replaced by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The NES was not only the home of iconic adventure and action games, but also a platform for many innovative game concepts. Puzzle games like Tetris, sports simulations like Punch-Out!!, and even early RPG games like Final Fantasy all found their place on this console. In addition to a strong library of games, the NES was also characterized by durable design and accessories, such as the legendary cross-control controller with A and B buttons, which became the standard for future generations of consoles. The NES system was not only a platform for entertainment, but also a catalyst for innovation in game design and interactivity. Its legacy continues not only through the nostalgia of older players, but also through new generations discovering these classic games through various emulators and re-releases. The Nintendo Entertainment System is truly the console that shaped the future of video games.

Its launch games were Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Popeye. The final licensed game released is the PAL-exclusive The Lion King on May 25, 1995. There are totals 75 games with sales or shipments of at least one million copies.  Its best-selling game is Super Mario Bros., first released in Japan on September 13, 1985, with sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling video game of all time. Two sequels are within the top five best-selling NES games: Super Mario Bros. 2 ranks fourth at 7.46 million units, and Super Mario Bros. 3 ranks third at 18 million units. The remaining top five are Duck Hunt with 28 million units and The Legend of Zelda with 6.5 million units. The most popular franchises on NES include Super Mario with 67.63 million combined units, Dragon Quest with 11.475 million combined units, and The Legend of Zelda with 10.89 million combined units.

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1942

1985 NES Capcom
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Adventure Island

1986 NES Hudson Soft
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Adventure Island 2

1991 NES Hudson Soft
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Adventure Island 3

1992 NES Hudson Soft
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Adventures of Captain Comic

1988 DOS Color Dreams
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Aladdin

1994 DOS Disney Software Sold
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Alien Syndrome

1989 DOS SEGA
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Arkanoid

1987 DOS Taito
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Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown

1987 DOS Interplay Entertainment Shareware
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Batman Returns

1992 DOS Park Place Productions
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Battle Chess

1989 DOS Interplay Entertainment
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Battle City

1985 NES Namco
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Blues Brothers

1991 DOS Titus France
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Boulder Dash

1984 DOS First Star Software
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Bubble Bobble

1988 DOS Taito
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Burgertime

1983 DOS Data East Corporation
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Captain Skyhawk

1990 NES Rare Limited
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Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time

1997 Windows Brøderbund Software
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Castlevania

1990 DOS Distinctive Software Sold
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Caveman Ugh-Lympics

1989 DOS Dynamix
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Circus Charlie

1986 NES Konami
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Commando

1988 DOS Capcom
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Contra

1988 DOS Konami
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Defender of the Crown

1988 DOS Master Designer Software
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