NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, you name it, I've (probably) heard of it!
In this post, I'm going to go over Nintendo's consoles that were made before 2000!
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The SUPER Nintendo Entertainment System, was released in Japan in 1990, as the Super Famicom,
then in 1991, it was released worldwide as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This console
actually wasn't the first 16-bit console. The Sega Genesis was released worldwide in 1990, and the Genesis is 16-bit. Also, did you know that without this console, Sega wouldn't have failed, Sony would have never made a console, nor would Microsoft.
In 1995, Nintendo and Sony were going to make a CD-Rom add-on for the Super Nintendo, but
Nintendo went behind Sony's back, and partnered with Phillips instead. In 1996, Sony publicly announced their new add-on, the Nintendo Playstation. One day later, Nintendo announced that they were going to do the CD thing with Phillips. Out of spite, Sony developed the console by themselves,
and a couple of moths later, the Playstation One was released. In response to this, Nintendo released
the Nintendo 64. Oh, and Phillips? They released the Phillips CD-i, and look it up, it's horrible. Around 2004, Microsoft was worried that people would stop using Windows as a gaming platform, and go to the Playstation instead. So, when Sony announced the Playstation 2, Microsoft released the original Xbox. Sega, on the other hand, released the Dreamcast in 1999, which was the final nail in the coffin for them. People were using Nintendo and Sony's console instead. Now Sega is a third-party developer. Without the SNES, you wouldn't have your PS4, or Xbox One. Thanks Nintendo!
The Nintendo 64 was code named the Ultra 64, but then was renamed the Nintendo 64. As the name states, it runs on a 64-bit processor, which is now normal for all consoles today. If you say the Playstation One was the first 64-bit, YOU ARE WRONG! The PS1 ran on a 32-bit processor, just like the Atari Jaguar. The best Nintendo 64 games were developed on a SGI Onyx (I think that's what it is called), so, games like Goldeneye 007 weren't meant for the N64. Games like Super Mario 64, though, were originally meant for the SNES, but Miyamoto was in favor for the Analog Stick, for better 3D movement. Super Smash Bros. was also meant for the SNES, and Ocarina of Time, too. Around 1998, an add-on was released, simply named the "Expansion Pak". This isn't the first "Pak" thing made by Nintendo, there was a "Rumble Pak", which is now used in Xbox 360/Xbox One controllers. The Expansion Pak allowed developers to make more complex games, but only a few games needed it. The games that require it are:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2. Perfect Dark
3. Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong 64 came bundled with the Expansion Pak, because it was the only thing that could fix a game breaking glitch.
Oh, and the N64 was Nintendo's last home console that used cartridges.
Their handhelds still use cartridges. Their 3DS is harder to emulate, as it needs a BiOS file.
The PSP and PSVita use CD-Roms, which are insanely easy to emulate.
I've emulated PSP games on my phone. Because they are ISO's and the PSP hardware doesn't require BiOS, you can play it on your phone.
Tomorrow, I will go over Nintendo consoles from 2000+,
and possibly all of Nintendo's handhelds (1975-2014)
Nintendo just released the New Nintendo 3DS (Yeah, that's seriously it's name), last month,
so I'll go over that, too.