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2013/121/1 Video game console with controllers (2), original packaging and game cartridge, 'Nintendo Entertainment System' (NES), plastic / cardboard / electronics, made by Nintendo Co Ltd, Japan, distributed by Mattel Inc, 1987. Click to enlarge.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (Mattel Version (c) 1987)

Made
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) revolutionised video gaming in the mid-late 1980s.

With the rise of the personal computer, video games could now be played at home rather than in the arcade. The Nintendo Corporation famously reestablished itself with the NES after a crash in the video game market from 1983-85 by producing a new business model for third-party developers. This was necessary due to the volumes of poorly made 'hacked' games that flooded the American market. This …

Summary

Object No.

2013/121/1

Object Statement

Video game console with controllers (2), original packaging and game cartridge, 'Nintendo Entertainment System' (NES), plastic / cardboard / electronics, made by Nintendo Co Ltd, Japan, distributed by Mattel Inc, 1987

Physical Description

A two tone grey and black console with red lettering which has two player capability with the controllers plugging in on the front right of the console. The game cartridge is loaded in the flip top section of the console. There are two controllers, two power cables (one is an RFS with cords and the other an AV Adapter for Australia with cords), one game cartridge and original packing which consists of a cardboard box with two white styrofoam inserts.

Marks

Product details are printed on the packaging and all parts.

Production

Notes

The Nintendo Entertainment System was designed in Japan and distributed in Australia (and Italy and the UK) via the Mattel Corporation in Great Britain. Two versions of the NES were distributed in these PAL regions, the Mattel version (distributed between 1986 and 1990 by Mattel Corporation) and the NES version (distributed by Nintendo Corporation to these regions after 1990).

History

Notes

A video game console popular in the late 1980s for playing games on a television or monitor. It consists of a 2-tone grey and black console with red lettering. The console has 2-player capability with the controllers plugging in on the front right of the console. The game cartridge is loaded in the flip top section of the console and pressed down. Once a game is clicked into place, the power button on the front left of the console is pushed and the menu of the game appears onscreen. A reset button is also visible on the front of the console. The console connects to a television with red and yellow RCA cables or an RF connection. The box is ripped on the outside and there is an fluro orange sale sticker partially scratched off. One of the controllers isn't working and there is no manual included.

This particular NES console came to the Powerhouse Museum after a public call was generated for 'The 80s are back' exhibition of December 2009 - March 2011.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of anonymous donor, 2013

Acquisition Date

18 November 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (Mattel Version (c) 1987) 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/475625>

Wikipedia

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