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No one thing defines a decade but video games come pretty close with the 1980s. Cartridge home video game consoles garnered ground in the 1970s; their titles coming out of the arcade and into the living room with the Atari VCS (Video Computer System). Not a hot seller in 1977, it took off in 1978 and came into popular culture on its own by 1979 with some of the classic games even 80s kids today would drool over in all their 8bit glory. Atari was not without its competition- Magnavox, Milton Bros, Coleco, General Consumer Electrics, Mattel and finally ’90s giants Sega and Nintendo all got into the market to capture our hearts, quarters and after school hours with Donkey-Kong, Pac-Man, Mario and thousands of others.

Fast Facts:

Nintendo as we know it today got it’s start in 1951, born out of the Marufuku Company in Japan est. 1889. Marufuku originally manufactured playing cards (Hanafuda). in 1978 Nintendo released its 1st arcade game; Othello. Nintendo of America opened in 1980 followed in 1984 with the release of the Famicom console in Japan which was renamed and re-released in the US as the NES (Nintendo Entertaiment System). This console, bundled with Super Mario Bros, blows Atari out of the water for the Christmas retail season. Nintendo follows up in 1987 with Legend of Zelda and in 1989 with the Gameboy.

Atari is founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. They had planned to call their company Syzygy (meaning: a conjunction or opposition, esp. of the moon with the sun) but the name was already registered and so settled on Atari (which translates from Japanese as ‘to hit the target’). 1972 also sees the creation of Pong. IN 1978


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Atari Game Consoles
Atari VCS w/Combat (under Sears Tele-Games)
Atari 2600 VCS
Atari 2600 VCS reissue w/ LED lights
Atari 2600 VCS (2600 Jr.)
Atari 5200 SuperSystem
Atari 7800 ProSystem

Coleco, Intellivision

Sega Game Consoles

Nintendo Game Consoles

Sources for all pages in Video Games:

Classic 80s Home Video Games Identification & Value Guide – Robert P. Wicker, Jason W. Brassard

The Ultimate History of Video Games – Steven L. Kent


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