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In much of Europe, Nintendo found it impossible to shake off the NES’ image as a kid’s machine, especially when compared to the sleeker and better marketed Sega Master System. In the UK in particular the console only achieved moderate sales and Nintendo-mania never reached the same heights as in the US and Japan.

The Games

Despite the fairly popular Colecovision, which benefited from many Japanese licences, the NES provided Western gamers with the first real opportunity to play Japanese games outside of the arcade – previously Japanese MSX computers had flopped in the States and had only limited success in Europe.

People

The Bitmap Brothers also released a conversion of their Amiga and Atari ST classic Speedball for the NES under the name Klashball. See arrgh’s Bitmap Brothers section. (link to follow)

Thanks

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Major events

15 July 1983
Japanese release of the Famicom
1985
US launch of the NES
1987
Official UK distribution of the NES finally begins through toy company Mattel
1988
After disappointing UK sales, Nintendo set up their own distribution company in the territory

Emulators

Mac OS X

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OUYA/Android

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Features

Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom)

1.79MHz 8-bit 6502 NMOS processor
2K on-board RAM, 2KB Video RAM
Graphics: 256×240 resolution, 52 colour palette (24 on-screen at any one time)
64 8×16 sprites
Sound: PSG audio

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

A redesigned Famicom for the Western market, the NES came in a bigger case with a flip-up cartridge slot. The carts themselves were also much bigger than their Famicom alternatives.

Several third-party companies made adaptors that allowed Famicom cartridges to be played on the NES.