Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom, NES Specs, Info And History


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Nintendo Entertainment System(NES), Famicom Console Specifications

  • CPU: Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor
  • RAM: 2 kB
  • Max Colors on Screen: 25
  • Total Colors: NTSC with 48 possible colors and 6 grays
  • Max Sprites on Screen: 64
  • Sound Channels: 5
  • Sound Memory: 64 KB
  • Video Memory: PPU(Picture Processing Unit) Ricoh Rp2C02(NTSC)/ RP2C07(PAL)
  • Media: ROM Cartridge

 

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Console Generation of the NES

  • 3rd generation

 

Nintendo Entertainment System’s Lifespan

  • 1983-2003(Famicom)
  • 1985-1995(NES)

 

Launch Price of NES

  • JP: ¥14,800
  • US: $179.99

 

Launch Dates of NES

  • Japan: July 15, 1983
  • North America: October 18, 1985
  • Europe: September 1, 1986
  • Australia: July(?), 1987
  • Brazil: 1993

 

Discontinued

  • Japan: September 25, 2003
  • North America: August 14, 1995

 

NES Units Sold

  • North America: 34 million
  • Japan: 19.35 million
  • Others: 8.56 million

Worldwide: 61.91 million

 

Best Selling NES Games(units sold):

(*)Bundled with console and sold separately

  1. Super Mario Bros. – 40.24 Million(*)
  2. Duck Hunt – 28.31 Million(*)
  3. Super Mario Bros. 3 – 17.28 Million(*)
  4. Super Mario Bros. – 2 7.46 Million
  5. The Legend of Zelda The World Warrior – 6.51 Million
  6. Tetris – 5.58 Million
  7. Dr. Mario – 4.85 Million
  8. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link – 4.38 Million
  9. Excitebike – 4.16 Million
  10. Golf – 4.01 Million

 

Other Names, Also Known As

  • NES
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Japan: Famicom
  • Korea: Comboy

 

Predecessor To NES

  • Color TV-Game Series

 

Successor To NES

  • SNES, Super NES

 

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