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Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System

Release date(s)

JP: July 15, 1983
NA: October 18, 1985

Units sold

61.91 million[1]

Metroid and related game(s)

Metroid (1986)

The Nintendo Entertainment System, often abbreviated as NES, is a home video game console made by Nintendo. The console was released in Japan in 1983 as the Family Computer, often shortened to Famicom, and it was released in North America in 1985. The Metroid series began on the Nintendo Entertainment System, with Metroid being released in 1986.

Several NES games, including Metroid, were re-released on the Virtual Console for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U, the NES Classic Edition, and Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online.

Famicom Disk System[edit | edit source]

A Famicom with a Disk System attached

The Famicom Disk System is an add-on for the Famicom that was released exclusively in Japan in February 1986. Games were published for the Disk System on floppy disks that can hold more data than cartridges of the time and, offers an additional high-fidelity sound channel for games, and allows for the saving of data. Metroid was released exclusively for the Disk System in August 1986 and utilized the higher data capacity as well as the high-fidelity sound channel and save data.

By 1987, cartridges were being manufactured that could hold more than the 112 KB used by the Disk System Disk Cards, allowing for Metroid to be converted to a cartridge game for its international release, at the expense of the high-fidelity sound channel and save data.

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Nintendo consoles