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Original Nintendo

Orginal Nintendo

"The Nintendo was the evolution of the Atari. More games, an increase in graphic quality and better control systems," said Charles Pritchard. According to him the system was so popular when it released in the late 80's that it sold out in the first four weeks. The Nintendo Franchise brought clarity to a very simplistic and primative gaming world. With the evolution of arcade games cames the appearance of the orginial Nintendo. It to had a simple 1-2-3 setup but Pritchard said it was marketed more to the younger crowd, mainly teens and children.

"Because people wanted something more than a flimsy joystick, the Directional Pad or 'D-pad' was created." said Pritchard. Also, gamers had more than one button to push, allowing for a smoother and more elaborate game play. While this was a great step back then, to us gamers now, this was still old school. Games were still cartridges that had to be blown into to as a primary mode of maintainence. The system, if taken care of had a

Game Boy

Game Boy Family

"The Gameboy brought the first portable handheld gaming system," said Pritchard. And it's true. the Gameboy gave gamers the ability to transport the gaming world anywhere they wanted. The Gameboy began as a one system pre-programed with one or two games in the late 80's and grew to be a cartidge-based console. Pritchard said the system mimmicked the orginal Nintendo in terms of button style and graphics. The system brought Games like Mario to a another level of gameplay for the consumer.

The Gameboy soon evolved from a colorless, light-less gameing experience to a smaller, color console. Then came the console with color and light and the smaller console with light and color. The games; however, never evolved. The gaming graphics generally stayed the same.

Super Nintendo

Super Nintendo

The Super Nintendo was the prime competiton for the Sega Genesis, said Pritchard. It was the first of the gaming consoles to offer up to 6 different buttons to control each game's characters. Now, each Super Nintendo controller had an A,B,Y and X button as well as the introduction of the first right and left bumpers atop the controller. Characters in the game could now perform customized combinations of movement. The Graphics increased to 64 bit and while the console still used cartridges, the games were far more advanced.

Set up was easy and the first component cables made the hookup to the Televisions of the 90's a breeze. Once hooked in Gamers could play such classics as MegaMan and Super Mario. Movie companies could also cash in on the new gaming systems allowing for games that mirrored their movies's storylines. The Super Nintendo was also the first gaming system to allow memory storage on the actual gaming cartidges. While space was limited to one or two games per cartridge, the Super Nintendo had solidified itself as the headliner of the gaming industry.

Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

This system was the rival to the updated 64-bit Sega in the late 90's. It had a new controller with an analog stick and the ability to save games directly to the cartridge. It also gave players great multiplayer games that allowed up to 8 players to play certain games after linking consoles. Games like Super Mario 64 and Goldeneye were the favorites of most Nintendo 64 users. The system became the most popular gaming system to have next to the Super Nintendo. People still play the orginal Super Smash Brothers on this system and have devoted Facebook groups to the console.

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii

The Wii was the rebirth of Nintendo. Instead of marketing to the separate markets of children, teenagers and young adults, Nintendo Wii was the family's gaming console. As a complete leap forward for Nintendo, the Wii offered classic games and new age games with a twist. After the easy setup, families were offered games powered by motion as well as directional pads. The Wii gave players a realistic feel as they could swing at baseballs and tenis balls, shoot hoops and box characters by actually mimicking the each movement. Games like Tiger Woods Golf took on a whole new meaning as players could now swing golf clubs. The Wii was also the first console from Nintendo to play discs rather than cartridges as discs carried more space for game design than cartridges.

Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS

"The Nintendo DS is the Gameboy evolved twice over," said Pritchard. Giving gamers the ability to control characters via directional pads or stylis, The Nintendo DS offered a new way to play handheld games. With the ability to play Gameboy games, the DS took over where the Gameboy left off. Gamers had two screens by which the gamer could operate and play the each game.

Later, the DS evolved into a smaller, lighter gaming system called the DS lite which offered the same benefits with a sleeker design. After the DS Lite came the DSi which offered the gamer internet access in an online world similar to that of the Nintendo Wii. Gamers could now play with other DSi users around the world as well as send pictures throughout the Nintendo network. The adaption of the camera and the internet pushed Nintendo forward and the news from Nintendo is that they are working on an even better handheld device that might do away with the need for cartridges.