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On This Day in Nintendo History: Family Computer; Donkey Kong; Donkey Kong Jr.; Popeye; Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games

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On this day (July 15) in Nintendo history…

  • The Family Computer (known in the west as the Nintendo Entertainment System) was released in 1983 in Japan. This 8-bit third-generation home video game console, developed by *Nintendo R&D2, is the best-selling gaming console of its time and helped revitalise the US video game industry following the North American video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorising them to produce and distribute games for Nintendo's platform. Before the NES and Famicom, Nintendo was known as a moderately successful Japanese toy and playing card manufacturer, but the consoles' popularity helped the company grow into an internationally recognised named almost synonymous with video games as Atari had been, and set the stage for Japanese dominance of the video game industry. With the NES, Nintendo also changed the relationship between console manufactures and third-party software developers by restricting developers from publishing and distributing software without licensed approval.

  • Donkey Kong was released in 1983 for the Family Computer in Japan. In this platform game, developed by Nintendo R&D2, save Lady from her kidnapper Donkey Kong! Avoid a variety of obstacles while heading through a construction site to make it to the top and rescue Lady. Use the hammer to destroy the barrels and fire coming towards you to earn more points.

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  • Donkey Kong Jr. was released in 1983 for the Family Computer in Japan. In this platform game, developed by Nintendo R&D2, avoid enemies while going up and down the cranes, take the keys, and rescue Donkey Kong! Donkey Kong has been captured and caged in his latest encounter with Mario. Donkey Kong Jr. is on his way to set him free! Skilfully utilise jumps and the cranes to avoid enemies, get to the top, and steal the cage's key from Mario.

  • Popeye was released in 1983 for the Family Computer in Japan. In this platform game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, help Popeye catch all of the items thrown by Olive Oyl at the top of the screen, but watch out for Brutus, Sea Hag and Bernard. Grab the can of spinach, and Popeye becomes unstoppable! This port features some downgraded graphics, but all three stages from the arcade game are present.

  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games was released in 2005 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. In this sports game, developed by AlphaDream, seldom has the pursuit of sporting excellence been so cuddly.The adorable hamster folk of previous Hamtaro outings compete in a series of thrill-packed sports events. Taking place over seven days, the Ham-Ham games consist of 15 different activities, encompassing such myriad delights as hamster volleyball, hamster tennis and hamster hurdles.

What are you favourite memories of these games? How do you think they hold up today? Hash it out in the comments.

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