The Evolution of Nintendo

Nintendo’s gaming consoles gave gamers something to enjoy, and their fame all started with a  plumber saving a princess. You know, Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo!


In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in North America for $150.

It was a bit big and took a little bit of space compared to later consoles. The NES was a big hit running games at 8 bits.

*Personally, my favorite NES game was Super Mario Bros 3.

The Super Nintendo! 

Next came the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in 1991 for $199.

It ran bigger and better games at 16 bits while also being lighter and less bulky. Sega would also rise to be Nintendo’s rival for years to come.

*Super Mario RPG has some of the best music in existence! Just saying.

The N64

The Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 for $199.99.

It went a step ahead of Sega by doing 64 bit games instead of 32.

In the mid ’90s gaming would change forever as games featured more 3D elements with games like Super Mario 64, and Banjo Kazooie.

*Even though it had many amazing games, its controller was shaped awkwardly. 

The Gamecube

Finally reaching the 2000’s, the Gamecube arrives in 2001 for $199.99.

This console finally had games on disks, and ran at 128 bits. Its controller was able to rumble or shake to in-game events.

*For me, Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube was where it was at whenever I felt like catching ghosts.

The Wii 

The Wii was built and sold in late 2006 for $249.99.

Its controllers had motion controls. This feature would be literally game-changing with companies following their lead. By doing this, Nintendo hoped to bring in a wider audience with games like Wii Sports.

*It could use the Internet to go online against other players, or just binge watch Netflix.

The WiiU 

The WiiU was released in 2012 for $299.99.

It featured a gamepad which could be a touch screen for the game or be the screen you play the game on instead of a TV. Many people got confused about whether it was an extension to the Wii or a lazy effort to make a new console.

Nintendo Switch

In early 2017 the Nintendo Switch was sold for $299.99.

Like the Wii U, it has a gamepad but its controls on the side were detachable becoming two separate controllers. The difference is the gamepad was the console so it could be played literally anywhere. The only negatives are its short battery life and how easy it is to scratch the screen.

*Whenever it’s in my hands I treat it like a tablet, but with extra care since it can play breathtaking games.


By Alberto Garcia, Senior, TF South High School


Written by TrueStar Staff

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