Nintendo Entertainment System Oddities

25 years ago today, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the US. The iconic console broke sales records, revived the video game industry from the brink of death, and influenced a generation of US kids. It also gave us classic franchises like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid.

You may have read plaudits and platitudes from other publications on this notable anniversary, but we here at Technologizer have decided to forgo dry historical analysis in favor of a look at all things odd in the world of NES. So without further ado, let’s pull back the curtain on our gallery of NES oddities.


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  1. Angry Reader October 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    How about a ONE PAGE article (instead of 14 pages) ?

    • Jesse October 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

      cause his advertisers pay less.

      this is the state of "tech media"

      there are worse ones though, like when engadget theme's there entire page like a zune or android, because whatever company there skinning has literally bought there souls.

  2. bob nelson October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    you forgot the rock 'n roller, my favorite skate or die accessory 🙂

  3. jezra October 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    the only thing worse than this being a multipage article, is the deletion of comments about how this should not be a multipage article.

  4. Zach Baker October 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Just wanted to post my work at a nintendo PC. I don't think I was the first to attempt this, but …

  5. Max October 19, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    Thanks for another great retrospective Harry.

    As for the multiple pages, at least he provides direct links to all pages from the first one (unlike some sites). That allows you to middle click all the links, then just close a tab as you read each page.

    Not as nice as all on one page, but its really not so bad.

  6. joemama November 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    This is a good post. 1 page would suffice. I remember when I got a nintendo back when I was 9 and it just came out. Amazing how far these systems have come, but I still love the nintendo games!!! Zelda was my favorite. I might play it again when my kids grow and I have time. But fun times!!!!!!!!

  7. kimi53 November 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    good story. I still have my NES and 12 or so games and still play them (favs are duck hunt, FBI academy, and caveman games), most work well and the box works fine. never once had a problem! thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  8. diek March 3, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    NFL Jersey $21.88
    NBA Jersey $23
    NHL Jersey $33.8
    MBL Jersey $23
    FOOtball Jersey $23
    Sunglass $12
    Caps$hats $8.8
    Handbags $36

  9. Arnum July 12, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Oh My, what kinda sick parents went out and bought a 'Homework First'. Well, mine would have if they knew it existed. We spent/invested/wasted so many of our early teens playing games like RC Racer.