25 Years of NES
By James Grahame
The Nintendo Entertainment System was released exactly 25 years ago in the USA. It remained on the market for a full decade, selling over 60 million units worldwide in several versions.
For its first Christmas in America the system was marketed as a $249.95 Deluxe Set that included Duck Hunt, Gyromite and R.O.B. the Robotic Operating Buddy [see Justin's remarks in the comments]. The release of Super Mario Bros in March 1986 saw the arrival of a cheaper mainstream bundle with 2 controllers and the Bros for a mere $129.95.
Infamously, the NES was marketed with a lockout chip that disables unlicensed cartridges. While this helped to stem piracy, it also required third party developers to pay hefty license fees to Nintendo -- a highly controversial move that foreshadowed the locked down future of the gaming industry.
Retro Thing's Bohus Blahut suggested we celebrate by posting this video of some well known Super Mario Bros glitches. It seemed entirely appropriate, so enjoy!