Happy Birthday Nintendo
25 years ago this very day, the NES became available for purchase in North America. Already a major hit in Japan, it faced an uncertain reception in an American video game market still reeling from the notorious video game crash of 1983. Not to worry though: The NES shipped with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt from day one, and Zelda and Metroid soon sealed the deal. The rest is history: If you were able to form words between 1985 and 1993, it is 100% certain you owned one. Within 3 years, video gaming was a multi gazillion dollar business and the modern gaming era was born.
The NES remains both the longest in-production console ever (made between 1983 and 2003), and, for our money, the best complete package ever. Classics made for the system are still producing sequels to this day. We love it. You love it. Happy birthday, NES.
We suggest celebrating in the traditional way, by playing Super Mario Crossover.