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Nintendo’s Road to the NES

How a series of strange clone machines gave birth to the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo Beam Gun toy. Source: wecmuseum.org.
Color TV-Game 6 console with packaging. This orange version is actually a “CTG-6V” model. The original released was in an off white colour as opposed to the bright orange seen here. Source: eBay.
CTG-6V (above) and CTG-6S (below). Source: beforemario.com.
Nintendo Color TV-Game Block Kuzushi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

“Throw away all your old ideas in order to come up with something new.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

  • There was a growing interest in electronic home entertainment products.
  • Nintendo could leverage existing microprocessor technology to develop novel entertainment applications.
  • Nintendo now had sufficient in-house engineering and manufacturing know-how to create its own dedicated entertainment machines.
Nintendo Famicom. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Color TV-Game Block Kuzushi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Special thanks to David Sheff for his wonderful interviews with NCL and Before Mario/Wikimedia Commons for their fantastic image archives.

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