About Nintendo - Video Games & Consoles
Nintendo has been a household name since the 1980s, so it may just be the only system that has been in your family for two generations. Of course, the 3DS and the Wii are quite different than the original Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64 you grew up playing, but the evolution of Nintendo game consoles is just a sign of the company's determination to keep pace with ever-changing technology. When Atari and Intellivision fell flat in the 70s, it was Nintendo that brought gaming back to life with the NES and then the N64 and then the GameCube. After that, Nintendo put the power of a gaming console in the palm of your hand with the GameBoy and all of its variations, such as the GameBoy Color and GameBoy Advance. These retro consoles and their compatible games are still popular with old-school enthusiasts. Even the Nintendo characters have become pop culture icons, especially the Mario Brothers who, in spite of the fact that they've been around for over 30 years, have not aged a day. Now there's the Wii, Wii U, and the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. And, yes, the Mario Brothers are still stomping mushrooms in the current systems. The Wii encourages gamers to get off the couch and move around, and it's easy to do with games that simulate sports and coach you through full-body workouts. And the Nintendo 3DS isn't just for games. You can take pictures and video with the device as well as watch movies and instant message with other players. As technology keeps progressing, Nintendo continues to hold up against the competition.