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Flash Bdack Through Video Game History With Nintendo Consoles

Nintendo systems have been an integral part of the video gaming world, and over the years there have been numerous consoles and iconic games to play on them. From the original Nintendo Entertainment System all the way up to the Nintendo Switch, learn about their history and ways to collect them all by browsing eBay's huge selection.

A Nintendo console timeline

Understanding the Nintendo game system timeline will give you a better idea of what to look for while shopping for the old Nintendo consoles. The first console release was the Nintendo Entertainment System, which is commonly referred to as the NES. Nintendo followed this up with the release of the Super Nintendo, or SNES for short. With more advanced graphics and a larger controller layout, the games had more options for playing. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 was released; listing may refer to it as the N64. In the early 2000s, Nintendo released the Nintendo Gamecube, the first of this maker's system to play discs. The Gamecube was followed by the Wii, Wii-U, and eventually the hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch.

What classic console releases are available?

While you search for Nintendo for sale, it's important to be aware of the difference between a true retro console and a classic console release. Both have different uses and options. In recent years, Nintendo has released the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition. Both consoles are standalone devices with HDMI connections and include collections of digital games as opposed to physical cartridges. The consoles also come packaged with their own official Nintendo controllers. True retro versions of the NES or SNES systems are those that were originally released and need cartridges to play. Check out pictures and listings on eBay for further details.

Nintendo portable consoles

Along with home-based Nintendo game console releases, there have been numerous portable consoles over the years. Each console has a mix of backward compatibility, which helps increase the number of games you may use or play on the portable device. The first-ever console released was the Nintendo Game Boy. The Game Boy was followed by the smaller and thinner Game Boy Pocket and then the more advanced Game Boy Color. The Game Boy name and brand continued with the Game Boy Advance before transitioning to the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS spun off into many different portable consoles including the DS Lite, 3DS, and 2DS. One of the newer portable consoles is the Nintendo Switch on eBay. The portable version features controllers built into the system and multiple color schemes.

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