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Nintendo Timeline

  • Nintendo is founded

    Nintendo is founded
    Nintendo is founded September 23, 1898.
  • The Game and Watch series.

    The Game and Watch series.
    The Game and Watch series were single game handhelds that were produced with many different titles between 1980 and 1991.
  • Donkey Kong Arcade Machine

    Donkey Kong Arcade Machine
    Donkey Kong was a platforming game that was originally in arcades and became very popular. It allowed Nintendo to enter the North American Video Game market more easily.
  • The Famicom

    The Famicom
    The Famicom was the Japanese variant of the NES. The Famicom was released sooner and was a lot smaller than the NES. In essence, the two were the same, they could play the same games.
  • Super Mario Brothers

    Super Mario Brothers
    This was game released for the NES that was a sequel to the Arcade game, Mario Brothers. This game was very popular.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System

    The Nintendo Entertainment System
    In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. Over 60 million units were sold, and this system, almost by itself managed to remake the video game industry.
  • The Legend of Zelda is released

    The Legend of Zelda is released
    The first Legend of Zelda was and still is a very popular game by Nintendo. Released in 1986, The Legend of Zelda is based around the main character, Link, as he explores the map, finding dungeons and items to help him on his way. This game's original cartridge was one of the first to have the ability to save onto the cartridge.
  • Metroid

    The Metroid series is a generally famous series made by Nintendo . It was a 2D platformer, originally released for the NES. It was released in August of 1986.
  • The Gameboy

    The Gameboy
    In 1989 the Gameboy was released. This console sold 150 million units, becoming one of the best selling consoles ever.
  • THe Super Famicom

    THe Super Famicom
    The Super Famicom was essentially a SNES, but it was the Japanese variant that was released sooner than the SNES.
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
    This System was released in 1991. It sold more than 49 million units and was more powerful than the Nintento Entertainment System.
  • Super Mario Kart

    Super Mario Kart
    On September 1 1992, Super Mario Kart was released for the SNES. Super Mario Kart was the first game in the Mario Kart series.
  • The Virtual Boy

    The Virtual Boy
    On July 21, 1995 the Virtual Boy was released. The Virtual Boy was a design by Nintendo that was supposed to be a 3D portable console. The display only consisted of two colors, red and black, and some people complained of headaches when using the console. Overall, the Virtual Boy was a failure for Nintendo.
  • The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64
    The Nintendo 64 was the first 3D Nintendo System. The N64 sold about 33 million units.
  • Pokemon Red and Green

    Pokemon Red and Green
    This was a game originally released on the Gameboy and was the first in a very large series. Nintendo published this game series, and it is a very popular game series even today.
  • Super Mario 64

    Super Mario 64
    Super Mario 64 was a game released for the Nintendo 64 that was a 3D mario adventure. Super Mario 64 is a very famous game, and is the reason that the Nintendo 64's controller was designed how it is.
  • The Gameboy Pocket

    The Gameboy Pocket
    This was a smaller version of the orginal Gameboy,
  • The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

    The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
    The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time brought the Legend of Zelda series into the 3D world. This game was even considered by some people to be the best game ever created.
  • Super Smash Bros.

    Super Smash Bros.
    This was a game for the N64 that featured a total of 12 characters to choose from that you could fight with. The game was fairly popular and a series of it is still going, it will soon be released for the Wii U.
  • The N64 DD

    The N64 DD
    The N64 Disc Drive or Dyamic Drive, or DD is an add on for the N64 that allowed the N64 to play Discs. This add on was heavily delayed, and ended up failing when it launched.
  • Game Boy Advance

    Game Boy Advance
    The Game Boy Advance came out in 2001 and featured a larger screen and better graphics than the last Game Boy.
  • Animal Crossing

    Animal Crossing
    Animal Crossing is a game that takes place in a small town that is populated by animals, while you are the only human in the town. It first game out on the Nintendo 64 in Japan, but for the North American releases came out on the Game Cube.
  • The Game Cube

    The Game Cube
    The Game Cube was released in 2001. It had better graphics and gameplay than the Nintendo 64. The Game Cube was also the first Nintendo system to use a disc instead of a cartridge.
  • Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime
    Metroid Prime was a game that took the original Metroid and made it 3D. This caused more 3D metroids to be made. It was originally released on the Gamecube.
  • Game Boy Advance SP

    Game Boy Advance SP
    The Game Boy Advance SP had the same size screen as the Game Boy Advance, but the SP was smaller, lighter, but this could be folded in half to make it truly portable.
  • Nintendo DS

    Nintendo DS
    The Nintendo DS was a two screened portable system. It had one touch screen, WiFi availability, a microphone, and it could play games from the Gameboy-era systems.
  • Nintendo DS Lite

    Nintendo DS Lite
    This was similar to the DS, but was smaller, lighter, and had a brighter screen.
  • Nintendo Wii

    Nintendo Wii
    The Wii was released in 2006, it featured many different things, such as motion controlled controllers, WiFi access, and also had the ability to play Game Cube games, plug in Game Cube controllers, and use the memory cartridges from the Game Cube.
  • Super Mario Galaxy

    Super Mario Galaxy
    This was the 3rd 3D Mario platformer, but this one was set in space. It was a very succesful game for the Nintendo Wii.
  • The DSi

    The DSi
    The DSi was like the DS in that it had the two screens and a touchscreen, but the DSi had two cameras, could connect to the internet, and had its own store that games could be purchased from online. It could play DS games, but the Game Boy compatibility was removed with the DSi.
  • The DSi XL

    The DSi XL
    The DSi XL was very similar design to the DSi, but the XL had a larger screen and had a longer battery lie compared to the DSi.
  • Nintendo 3DS

    Nintendo 3DS
    The Nintendo 3DS is also similar to the DS series, but the 3DS has three cameras, and can allow the use of 3D without the need for 3D glasses.
  • 3DS XL

    3DS XL
    The 3DS XL was very similar the 3DS, but it had a larger screen.
  • The Wii U

    The Wii U
    The Wii U is the most recent Nintendo home console. It is similar to the Wii, but the Wii U has a gamepad and a controller. It also has backwards compatibility with the Wii.
  • The 2DS

    The 2DS
    The 2DS was essentially a 3DS, but without the 3D capabilities and without the ability to be folded.