I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and have a very soft spot in my heart for retro video games. Here is a quick overview of some of the most popular game systems.
Atari 2600 – The Atari 2600 was originally called the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) and was released on September 11, 1977. Later on, in 1982 it was re-named the 2600. This was the video game system that was around my house when I was a baby and small child. I have fond memories of playing Pole Position and Pac-Man with my dad on our Atari 2600. The Atari 2600 was discontinued in January of 1992, which is amazing to me that it was still being sold until then, seeing as how the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was released in the US in 1985. You would think that the Atari 2600 would have been completely obsolete when the NES took the shelves.
NES – The NES was released in the US on October 18, 1985, and I became the proud owner of one on Christmas of 1986. Six year old me was ecstatic, as I had already played on a friend’s NES and become a huge fan of Mario. Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario 2, and Super Mario 3 will always be my favorite video games. There were other great games released for the NES such as Legend of Zelda and Contra. The NES had a great 10 year run, however on August 14, 1995, Nintendo discontinued the Nintendo Entertainment System in both North America and Europe.
Sega Genesis – The Genesis was released in the US in 1989, and had some very popular titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Mortal Kombat franchise. The Genesis was discontinued in 1997.
Super Nintendo – We have come to my favorite game console of all time, the Super Nintendo! The SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) was released in 1992 in the US, and I am happy to say that I was able to convince my parents to get me one immediately. The SNES has some amazing games that are still really fun to play even though it’s been 24 years since the SNES came out, such as Super Mario World (my favorite game of all time), Sim City, and Donkey Kong Country, and Super Mario Kart. Sadly, the SNES was discontinued in the US in 1999.
There you have it, an overview of the “grandfathers” of today’s game consoles such as the Wii U, Xbox ONE, and Playstation 4 consoles. I hope that you enjoyed reading about the game consoles of the 80s and 90s. If you’re interested in picking up a modern console or video game be sure to check out DealDash! They frequently auction off game consoles, games, accessories, and game gift cards. Check out the Electronics and Computers category at this link right here and see how much you can save! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!