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Nintendo Entertainment System
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Home console
Media used
ROM cartridges
Release date(s)
North America October 18, 1985
Japan July 15, 1983
European Union September 1, 1986
Commonwealth of Australia 1987

The Nintendo Entertainment System, commonly abbreviated as NES or Nintendo, was the second home gaming console manufactured by Nintendo and the first released internationally.

Famicom Disk System

The Famicom Disk System was a peripheral for the Famicom that was released in 1986 in Japan only. The Disk System connected to the Famicom via a port on the bottom of the Famicom and used rewritable double-sided Quick Disks ("Disk Cards") to store game data. These Disk Cards were some of the first console games to allow a player to save their game progress.

Many popular Famicom games such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Kid Icarus were originally released as Disk System titles. Most Disk System titles were later re-released as regular cartridges, using passwords or battery-backed memory to save game progress in lieu of the Disk Cards' rewritable memory.

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is a smaller version of the Nintendo Entertainment System released in 2016 that does not accept cartridges. Instead, it comes with thirty pre-installed games, The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link among them.

The Legend of Zelda Games

  • The Legend of Zelda (Famicom Disk System launch title; was later released internationally and re-released in Japan on cartridge)
  • The Adventure of Link (released on Famicom Disk System in Japan; cartridge internationally)


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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ファミコン (Famikon)
ファミリーコンピュータ ディスクシステム (Famirī Konpyūta Disuku Shisutemu)
Family Computer Disk System
Federal Republic of Germany German Nintendo Entertainment System