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10 Ways Nintendo Changed the Game for the Video Game Industry


10 Ways Nintendo Changed the Game for the Video Game Industry

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Released the NES and Brought Gaming Out of the Crash

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In 1983, the video game industry was brought to a halt and entered a recession, resulting from an over-saturation of the market, among other things. Several companies went bankrupt, and revenues had dropped by nearly a whopping 97 percent. Then, in 1985, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S. where it surged with popularity.

The system had been seeing success in Japan since 1983 under the title of Famicom, and once Nintendo brought it to the west, they came with an incredible 17 game launch lineup. These consisted of games like Ice Climbers, Excitebike, Wrecking Crew, and, of course, Super Mario Bros. There are a lot of factors at play with the Video Game Crash, but any way you look at it, the industry never would have recovered without Nintendo. They shifted the focus on to home console systems, changed the industry forever, and firmly secured their spot as one of the best.

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