The Nintendo Entertainment System is an 8-bit video game console
released by Nintendo in North America, Europe and Australia. The most
successful gaming console of its time, it helped revitalize the video
game industry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the
standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design (the
first modern platform game, Super Mario Bros., was the system's first
"killer app") to business practices. The NES was the first console
developer to openly court third-party developers. So dominant was the
NES during its heyday - roughly 1985 through 1991 - that the period
has become colloquially known as the "Nintendo era." As the 1990s
dawned, however, renewed competition from technologically superior
systems such as the 16-bit Sega Mega Drive (also known as the Sega
Genesis) marked the end of the NES's dominance. Eclipsed by Nintendo's
own Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the NES's user base
gradually waned and in 1995 Nintendo officially discontinued the NES.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Byzantine Emperor Justin I named Justinian I as co-ruler and
The U.S. House of Representatives held its first quorum in New York
City and elected Frederick Muhlenberg as the first Speaker.
The internal combustion engine was patented by Samuel Morey.
World War II: The Battle of Okinawa, the largest amphibious assault
during the Pacific campaign, began in Okinawa, Japan.
Iran was proclaimed an Islamic republic, a theocracy led by Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini as the Supreme Leader of Iran.
Wikiquote of the day:
"When you want to fool the world, tell the truth." -- Otto von