Nintendo Entertainment System

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Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Family Computer
Manufacturer(s) Nintendo
Type(s) Video game console
Release date (JP) July 15, 1983
(USA) October 18, 1985
(CAN) February 1986
(EUR) September 1, 1986
(AUS) 1987
Discontinued 1995
Units Sold 61.91 million
Media ROM cartridge ("Game Pak")
Input 2 controller ports
1 expansion slot
CPU Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor
(MOS Technology 6502 core)
Best-selling game Super Mario Bros. (pack-in),
40.23 million (as of 1999)
Super Mario Bros. 3, 18 million
(as of May 21, 2003)
Predecessor Color TV Game
Successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System (often abbreviated as NES or simply Nintendo) is an 8-bit third-generation video game console that was released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, and Australia in 1985. In most of Asia, including Japan (where it was first launched in 1983), the Phillipines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore, it was released as the Family Computer (also known as the Famicom for short). In Southern Asia (in countries such as India), it was known as the Tata Famicom.

The best-selling game console of its time, and to this day the best-selling home video game console, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design to controller layout. In addition, with the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of software licensing for third-party developers.