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History of Nintendo Gaming Via Commercials

authorMark | December 28, 2008

Here’s a look back at the history of all of the Nintendo gaming devices through their commercials. It is truly amazing how far gaming has progressed over the last couple of decades. I can’t even imagine what our grandchildren will be playing…

1985 - Nintendo Entertainment System

Introduced in 1985, the NES was an instant hit. Over the course of the next two years, it almost single-handedly revitalized the video game industry. Selling over 60 million units, people brought games like Mario and Zelda into their homes for the first time on the NES.

1989 - Game Boy

The first Game Boy had a screen that was four colors of gray but the device defined portable gaming and was enormous fun. Game Boy, which came out in 1989, was bundled with the classic game Tetris and became an instant hit. The Game Boy has sold well over 150 million systems worldwide.

1991 - Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The SNES was released in 1991 and featured 16-bit technology. More processing power meant more entertaining games which helped the SNES sell more than 49 million systems worldwide.

1996 - Nintendo 64

The N64 set new standards in realistic 3D gaming when it came out in 1996. Super Mario 64 was the system’s premiere game and thrilled millions with its then state of the art graphics.

1996 - Game Boy Pocket

The Game Boy Pocket came out the same year the N64. Smaller than the original Game Boy, it came in a variety of colors.

2001 - Game Boy Advance

Featuring a larger screen and better graphics than previous versions of the Game Boy, the GBA would go on to sell tens of millions of units worldwide after its North American debut in 2001.

2001 - Nintendo GameCube

2001 also saw the release of the Nintendo GameCube which one-upped the graphics and gameplay of the N64. It was the first Nintendo system to use optical discs instead of cartridges for its games.

2003 - Game Boy Advance SP

Released in 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP had the same size screen as the Game Boy Advance, but the GBA SP was significantly smaller, lighter, and folded to become truly pocket portable. It also featured a rechargeable battery and backlit screen.

Here is also a nice overview of the entire gameboy line:

2004 - Nintendo DS

Featuring two screens, including a touch screen, a microphone, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and backward compatibility, the DS is an incredibly successful portable gaming device beating its rivals in the marketplace by a wide margin.

2006 - Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS is smaller, lighter, and has brighter screens than the previous model.

2006 - Nintendo Wii

In 2006, Nintendo introduced the Wii and with it several advanced, revolutionary features. Wireless motion-sensitive remote controllers, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and other features have made the Wii the best-selling console system in the world.

Mario Kart Racing in the Streets of Paris

authorMark | December 8, 2008

An actual Mario Kart car, complete with Mario, racing in the streets of Paris! Very cool.
(Kids, do NOT try this at home!).

P.S… Santa, if you read this, I want the Mario Kart in the video!

Wii Hacks Guru Johnny Lee

authorMark | November 21, 2008

Those hard core hackers out there have probably heard of Johnny Lee of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, but for those of you who don’t, take a look at the below video. He is doing some amazing things with Wii remotes, including using them to create a homemade digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. Truly remarkable stuff that provides a glimpse into the possibilities for the future of gaming. Here’s his presentation at Ted Talks, an annual summit of some of the brightest minds on the planet:

For more detail on his work, you can go to

Animal Crossing: City Folk - Not Innovative, But Still Fun

authorMark | November 19, 2008

The first reviews are in for Animal Crossing: City Folk and it appears that while the game hasn’t delivered any new innovations, it is still a lot of fun to play, particularly for those who have not expereienced the previous versions on other platforms. Readers have given the game high marks, though site editors have been a bit more critical. Here are summaries of the top reviews: says: Animal Crossing: City Folk looks, sounds, and plays a little too much like its predecessor on the DS to be worthwhile if you already own that game. The visuals are cute and colorful, but dated. The cheery audio isn’t as impressive on the Wii in 2008 as it was on the DS in 2005. Furthermore, the gameplay is largely unchanged and, unless you’re at home with your Wii at all times of the day, it’s better suited to the DS. With all of that said, City Folk is every bit as engaging and entertaining as its predecessors and so, if you managed to miss out on those and have an hour or so to spare every day for the next year, you’d do well to move in.  300 Gamespot readers have rated it a 9 out of 10, while their 7 editors give it a 7.3.

Wii Fanboy reports: Animal Crossing: City Folk, despite lacking large strides in the innovation department, still manages to be an impressive well of fun gaming activity. Fans of the series will see this game as exactly what they want: more of the same. Score: 8/10.

IGN declares: Animal Crossing: City Folk wasn’t made for Animal Crossing fans. It was made for those that missed out the first two times. And for those people, you’ve got yourself a fine product. To those that helped make the first two games a success: maybe Nintendo will thank you some other way, because City Folk is only for you if you want to go through the same things all over again. IGN readers have given the game an 8.6/10 rating, while their editors give it a 7.5.

Here’s the IGN video review:

Wiimotes + Blender = Funny

authorMark | October 29, 2008

Another funny Wii video to get you through the week. Blendtec Blenders will chew through just about anything, even wiimotes! WARNING - DO NOT DO TRY THIS AT HOME. Kids - repeat after me: I will NOT blend my wiimotes, I will NOT blend my wiimotes, I will NOT blend my wiimotes…

GameStop, Inc. GameStop, Inc.

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