The word “Nintendo” can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven,” but it took more than just luck for Nintendo to become a world-wide sensation and more importantly, remain relevant in the video game market for over three decades. While other companies have since shut down, Nintendo continues to develop innovative and entertaining ways to push the medium forward. As of March 31, 2014, Nintendo reports historically cumulative sales of over 670.43 million hardware units and 4.23 billion software units.
It was in 1985 that Nintendo launched the Nintendo Entertainment System on North American shores, and forever changed the video gaming industry. Thirty years later and Nintendo is slowly prepping the release of the newest member in their console library, currently codenamed NX. Now that we’re right on the cusp of another generation of game consoles, we’ve decided to rank every console Nintendo has released over the years. We believe each console on the list has had a major influence on both the industry and gaming culture, and for better (Super NES) or worse (Virtual Boy), the industry as a whole is indebted to Nintendo. Check out our list below and be sure to listen to episode 14 of our NXpress podcast in which we will further dissect our selection and examine the pros and cons of each system.
Quick note: Prior to 1985, Nintendo already had insane success with the Famicom and Game & Watch in Japan. However, we’ve decided to rank the console dating back to the Nintendo Entertainment System since our writers all reside in North America and didn’t grow up playing any of the Japanese exclusives.
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