NES Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Nintendo's Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) yesterday celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The NES changed the landscape of home entertainment and shaped the video gaming industry when it was launched on 18 October 1985 in the US, giving the world legendary gaming titles like Super Mario Bros, Tetris and The Legend of Zelda.

When the console was first launched, everybody thought that the company was taking a huge gamble as the video game console market was already considered dead. Nintendo fought hard to find buyers and finally released the console in New York City for $160.

The company offered 17 titles along with the console, which came with two controllers, one Zapper light gun and Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.). The titles included Duck Hunt and Gyromite, which came with the console, Golf, Baseball, Kung-Fu and Excitebike.

The rest they say is history.

After the initial success of the console, Nintendo carefully released NES in other parts of the US, finally shutting down the sales in 1995. The NES continued to sell in Japan until 2003. The console has been named the greatest video game console by IGN and sold 61.91 million units worldwide.