The year 2019 was the remarkable year so far, as the gaming world witnessed a storm by Nintendo new gaming console “Nintendo Switch”
Nintendo Switch which was introduced on 3rd March is a path breaking innovation as it introduced the concept of hybrid gaming console that works as separate entity on hand held device and on console. The games available on console may not be available on game boys or DS. Unlike like the previous counterparts, Nintendo Switch restored the faith in gaming that previously created cloud of ‘gimmicks’ than actual power of gaming. To understand this smooth transition, here we outlined the timeline of events that eventually led to the birth of ‘Nintendo Switch’ in 2019.
- Color TV Game (1977)
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES in 1983)
- Game Boy- The first portable video game console (1989)
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES or SNES in 1990)
- Game Pocket
- Nintendo 64 (1996)
- Nintendo Game Cube (2000)
- Game Boy Advance (2001)
- Game Boy Advance SP (2003)
- Nintendo DS (2004)
- Nintendo DS Lite (2006)
- Wii (November 19, 2006)
- Nintendo DS (November 1, 2008)
- Nintendo DSi XL (2010)
- Nintendo 3DS (2011)
- Wii U (November 18, 2012)
- Nintendo 3DS XL (2015)
- Nintendo Switch (2019)
- Final Verdict
Color TV Game (1977)
Before the advent of Nintendo Entertainment system also known as NES, Nintendo came up with first five system named as Color TV which was jointly developed and collaboration with Mitsubishi.
The color TV game got popularity in Japan with pong series game. The first color TV game, Color TV Game 6, which was introduced in 1977 came with six preload-ed games. It gave a very limited options to games, but was a significant step in the world of gaming.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES in 1983)
Nintendo Entertainment System popularly known as NES was 8-bit game console that was developed in July 15, 1983, that gained worldwide popularity in North America, South America, Asia, Africa. This was the first gaming console that was made available in rest of the world other than Japan. It got the nickname of ‘Femicom’ also known as Family Computer. It had Ricoh 2A03 processor with 2kb RAM, this facilitated the resolution display of 256×240 along with 48 colors.
This was the first console that collaborated with third party developers that led to certain remarkable production such as ‘The legend of Zelda,’ ‘Meteroid’. This support was later discontinued by Nintendo due to shortage of various parts.
Game Boy- The first portable video game console (1989)
Nintendo launched its first hand held video game console, Game Boy in 1989. it gained popularity and caused an overnight sensation with record selling of 150 million units across the globe. It features on of the popular games ‘Tetris’ that became a famous name among hardcore gamer.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES or SNES in 1990)
Following Nintendo Entertainment, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System developed in November 1990 was a 16-bit video game console available in North America, Europe, Asia, South America. This is the second home console launched by Nintendo. The super Nintendo or SES upgrade critically acclaimed games like- The legend of Zelda – A link to the past, Super Meteroid, Final fantasy IV, Super Mario word. It also came with series of new games like Star Fox, Mega Man X, etc.
The game by pocket is the mini version of ‘Game boy’ that became widely popular among school goers in 1996.
Nintendo 64 (1996)
Nintendo 64 popularly known as N64 came out on June23, 1996. This was first launched in Japan with three new games- Super Mario 64, Pilot-wing 64 and Saikyo Habu Shog powered with 64-bit processor, NEC’s VR4300CPU at 93.25 MHz. This came with 4MB Rambus RD RAM with expansion slot to extend the memory graphics was improvised with SGI’s reality co-processor at 62.5 MHz. It supported 16.8 million colors and resolution of 640×480. The popular games supported by this console were Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Diddy Kong Racing, The legend of Zelda : Ocarina of time, The legend of Zelda: Majora’s mask, Super smash bros, star wave race 64 etc.
Nintendo Game Cube (2000)
Nintendo Game Cube is the sixth generation game console that was the first to replace game cartridges with the optical discs. Some of the popular games ran in this console were- Super Mario sunshine, Super smash bros, The Legend of Zelda: Wind waker, Pokemon Colosseum, star fox adventures, pikmin , etc.
Game Boy Advance (2001)
Game boy advance that made it debut in 2001 came up with better graphics and larger screen for the enhanced experience of gaming
Game Boy Advance SP (2003)
Game boy advance SP was just the advanced version of Game boy advance. It came in 2003, with comparatively lighter and easy to carry fold-able version with rechargeable batteries and back lit screen.
Nintendo DS (2004)
Nintendo DS which also stands for Nintendo Dual Screen came in 2004 with dual displays with one meant for touchscreen use. It came with in-built microphone with Wi-Fi facility that facilitated the players to connect with each other within the distance of 10-30 meters.
Nintendo DS Lite (2006)
Nintendo DS Lite is just a lighter version of Nintendo DS
Wii (November 19, 2006)
The seventh generation console, Wii debuted on November 19, 2006, which gave tough competition to its counterparts Play station 3 and X-box 360. This console came with Wii remote for motion and rotation in 3D using internal sensor and infrared. This is used to set up a connection with other devices Nunchuk- An Analog stick with buttons ‘classic controller’ for overall control and Wii motor plus that detects motion easily than Wii other remote controllers like Game Cube, Wii supported Wi-Fi connectivity over Nintendo Wi-Fi connection for muti-player function.
Nintendo DS (November 1, 2008)
This was an advanced version of Nintendo DS. It featured dual cameras, down-loadable software’s, flash memory and ease of access through web browser.
Nintendo DSi XL (2010)
Nintendo DSI X has larger screens as compared to Nintendo DS Lite version. With this launch Nintendo collaborated with Netflix to access movies ad shows thorough their consoles. It come u with popular franchise games like Meteoroid : Other M, Donkey Kong Country Returns , etc.
Nintendo 3DS (2011)
Nintendo 3DS, the much advanced version of Nintendo DS came up with three cameras, two external and one internal. The bottom screen run on touch screen. The top screen is wide with auto stereoscopic 3D LCD
Wii U (November 18, 2012)
Wii U came in November 18, 2012, is the eight generation gaming console with tablet controller, a touchscreen that give video output from console. This latest version supported enhanced online connectivity than Wii. Apart from multi-player feature, it allowed video chat as well. They also came up with with their social networking community known as Miiverse that facilitated users to write and make it available online in other similar gaming groups. This was stopped in November 8, 2019
Nintendo 3DS XL (2015)
Nintendo 3DS XL came up with face tracking 3D and twice larger than its predecessor, Nintendo3DS. It came with amibo support that gave bonus game content access to the players
Nintendo Switch (2019)
Nintendo Switch is a more of a hybrid version that allowed players to access games on television as well as on portable hand-held device. It composed of two Joy-Con controllers which is compatible with a hand-held mode and can be used with television as well. These Joy Cons can be easily detachable and comes with motion sensors and HD Rumble. Out of two Joy-Con controllers, only right Joy-Con has NFC and IR sensor on its back side.