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It's that time of year again when the creme de la creme of the gaming industry converge at the mega gaming conference E3. Last year's attendance was almost 70,000 people who witnessed the biggest and most innovative developments in the video gaming industry. This year was a real showstopper, showcasing games with the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and graphics so clear and crisp that you could easily mistake the action taking place in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey for real-life footage.
While the industry has come a very long way from its humble origins over 30 years ago, when consoles first made it into our homes, it's important not to forget the roots of the industry where foundations were laid for the mind-blowing titles and platforms we enjoy today. Enter the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) home console which launched back in 1985 in North America (1986 in Europe) and went on to become the best selling games console of the entire era. While there are plenty of more forgettable platforms which launched during the gaming boom of the 1980s, this one truly made a mark with titles and features that undoubtedly revolutionized the industry forever. Let's take a look back at some of the gone-but-not-forgotten NES titles and see how they changed gaming forever.
The Mario dynasty isn't the only cultural classic first brought into our living rooms by the NES. The first ever title of the now extensive and hugely popular Final Fantasy series made its debut on the console, selling over 400,000 units following the highly anticipated release during Christmas 1987. The Final Fantasy series follows an intergalactic science fiction odyssey through space and time, and to this day, has spawned dozens of titles. Selling a grand total of over 135 million units, Final Fantasy is most successful game franchises of all time, all thanks to the humble NES!
The NES also allowed sports games to be popularized in a similar fashion, with revolutionary titles like Tecmo Super Bowl and RBI Baseball. Applying all the rules, conditions, and even real life players of professional sports, gamers could play a more immersive experience than ever before.
The Birth of Action Games
Similarly, another legendary and iconic title The Legend of Zelda also changed the game completely when it launched on the NES back in 1986. Different than a simple Pac-Man style explorer that the original arcade version was, the NES release allowed players to explore open-world levels, collect items for later use in quests, and choose your own adventure. These features that are commonplace in games today were completely unprecedented back in the '80s.
We could list several more NES titles that revolutionized home console gaming but we want your thoughts! What NES game blew your mind the first time you played it? Share your memories in the comments below...