Saturday, November 3rd 2007

Nintendo Ends Support for the NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System (aka NES) is probably older than many techPowerUp! readers, being released in Japan during July 1983, the USA during October 1985 and most of Europe during September 1986. However, after over 24 years, Nintendo has finally decided that it can no-longer continue to support the console due to an increasing shortage of the necessary parts. As of 31st October this year, Nintendo has ended support for the NES (Famicom in Japan), Super NES, Nintendo 64 and both the original and pocket Gameboys. Considering that Sega ended support for its Dreamcast earlier this year, this really shows just how long Nintendo has kept the NES alive.Source: Arcade Renaissance
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43 Comments on Nintendo Ends Support for the NES

#1
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
You mean to tell me I could of asked nintendo for parts......damn it.
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#2
Ben Clarke
I never played a NES. Was it the console that had the original Super Mario games?
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#3
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
Yes and duck hunt

I still have mine, but no original power supply and the top is gone.

I play Super Mario Bros 1-3 on it from time to time.
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#4
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
So what kind of 'support' where they offering for it in the first place :confused: (was it just parts & repairs etc?)
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#5
regan1985
now thats commitment i didnt realise they had support for that long
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#6
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: regan1985
now thats commitment i didnt realise they had support for that long
Yeah, good going Nintendo...why offer what nobody knows exists anyways :p.
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#7
Ripper3
by: DaMulta
Yes and duck hunt

I still have mine, but no original power supply and the top is gone.

I play Super Mario Bros 1-3 on it from time to time.
I love my NES. Shame it decides not to work at times.
I used to love getting it out on a dreary rainy Sunday afternoon, and play Duck Hunt, Mario, and whatever else I could find.
If i had known Ninty still had service for it, I would have bought new parts for it too.
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#8
Snipe343
i have all those systems and here still working great, original parts too:) sad to see the support go tho:( also if you need part for them ebay usally has them
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#9
Jimmy 2004
by: HookeyStreet
So what kind of 'support' where they offering for it in the first place :confused: (was it just parts & repairs etc?)
Pretty much, yes. They also have some basic troubleshooting tips I think, and those are still on the website if you look for them.
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#11
FatForester
by: DaMulta
You mean to tell me I could of asked nintendo for parts......damn it.
... same here...
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#12
imperialreign
good lord, they're just now ending support for the NES?!! :twitch:


for any y'all youngins that never saw one before, this is what the controllers looked like:





for all us old-schkoolers: UP DOWN UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT A B SELECT START :rockout:
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#13
happita
how sad... this is officially the end of an era (technically when other systems were launched)

NES will be missed in all its glory, especially the original appearance
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Damn, and I still own an NES :( both the old boxy kill your hand one and the SNES clone!!!
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Ben Clarke
I never played a NES. Was it the console that had the original Super Mario games?
What??? Man, you don't know what you've missed. Ice Climbers, Super Mario Bros 1-3 and many more.. You should get one and try. :)

I prefer Sega Genesis though (Sonic 2 ftw!)..
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#16
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: Jimmy 2004
Pretty much, yes. They also have some basic troubleshooting tips I think, and those are still on the website if you look for them.
Cool. Heres my troubleshooting tip:

If the game doesnt work, blow the cartridge (and/or the cartridge slot) It used to work 9/10 times for me lol :roll:
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#17
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: Frick
What??? Man, you don't know what you've missed. Ice Climbers, Super Mario Bros 1-3 and many more.. You should get one and try. :)

I prefer Sega Genesis though (Sonic 2 ftw!)..
You cant compare the Sega Genesis (Megadrive to us in the UK) to the NES. The Sega Master System was out at the same time as the NES. So you have to compare the Sega Genesis to the Super Nintendo ;) (BTW the SNES was far superior to the Mega Drive.....MODE7 FTW! :rockout:)
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#18
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: imperialreign




for all us old-schkoolers: UP DOWN UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT A B SELECT START :rockout:
Was that the Contra or Punch Out cheat :confused:

I remember UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A for some reason lol, I think it was for Gradius :D
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#19
imperialreign
You cant compare the Sega Genesis (Megadrive to us in the UK) to the NES. The Sega Master System was out at the same time as the NES. So you have to compare the Sega Genesis to the Super Nintendo (BTW the SNES was far superior to the Mega Drive.....MODE7 FTW! )
and the SNES was superior to the SEGA Genesis. 256 colors vx 16 colors, hmmmmm . . .


NES was back when (console) gaming had to rely on gameplay and story more than pretty graphics - most of those games were fun to play over and over again.

I think, my all time favorite game for the NES was Blaster Master
Was that the Contra cheat

I remember UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A for some reason lol, I think it was for Gradius
IIRC, I think it was for any CAPCOM game, but I'm not 100% sure of the button combination anymore :confused:
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#20
quickie
SNES ..the original mario kart :rockout:

i'm surprised they were still supporting the older consoles up til this point. forget NES, i thought nintendo dumped support for gamecube aleady. ..
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#21

Super Mario Bros 3, all time great! :D
#22
erocker
Various consoles n' such that I have laying around the house but thought there is no longer support for:

Pong
Super Pong
NES
Sega Master System
Colecovision
VIC-20
Commodore 64
A.D.A.M. (it's a computer)
Atari 2600 (the preferred 2600 imo)
Super NES
Sega Genesis
Sega 32x
Sega Saturn
Nintendo 64
Sega Game Gear
A couple of gamboy's
Sega Dreamcast
Various 1980's standalone games (mini-arcade) Pac man, Donkey kong
I'm sure there is more.... I should start a museum.
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#23
erocker
by: imperialreign
and the SNES was superior to the SEGA Genesis. 256 colors vx 16 colors, hmmmmm . . .
Wrong... it uses 16 bit. I believe that is waaayyy more than 256 colors. The SNES was superior to the Genesis because of it's 3d hardware.
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#24
imperialreign
Various consoles n' such that I have laying around the house but thought there is no longer support for:

Pong
Super Pong
NES
Sega Master System
Colecovision
VIC-20
Commodore 64
A.D.A.M. (it's a computer)
Atari 2600 (the preferred 2600 imo)
Super NES
Sega Genesis
Sega 32x
Sega Saturn
Nintendo 64
Sega Game Gear
A couple of gamboy's
Sega Dreamcast
Various 1980's standalone games (mini-arcade) Pac man, Donkey kong
I'm sure there is more.... I should start a museum.
amn, man - the only thing I don't see up there is a KayPro :twitch:
Wrong... it uses 16 bit. I believe that is waaayyy more than 256 colors. The SNES was superior to the Genesis because of it's 3d hardware.
I thought the SNES and Genesis were both 16b?
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#25
erocker
Perhaps they both have 256 colors, I know from playing on my Genesis that it was more than 16. Btw my Robotic Operated Buddy, R.O.B. is crying violently right now!:(
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