In 1972, the first commercially available video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, had a light gun accessory, the Shooting Gallery. While it sold extremely well in North America, with 500,000 units in its first four months, it was the first Nintendo console to get a cold reception in Japan. Nope. Plus, get the latest games and news on the official Nintendo site. The N64 was also the first home console in Nintendo's line to feature an analog (or thumb) stick on its controller. 1972–present. Discover Nintendo Switch, the video game system you can play at home or on the go. Nintendo DS became the Game Boy of the 21st century, featuring touchscreen, a microphone, and Wi-Fi, and adding cameras in later models. The Nintendo console, or Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), was released as the Famicom in Japan on July 15, 1983. The console took too long to get to market again, and though it did leave cartridges behind, Nintendo couldn't let go of esoteric bespoke media entirely - snubbing industry-standard DVDs … In 2003 GameCube was the first system in the lineup to use optical discs instead of the cartridges, saving a generation from troubleshooting by blowing the dust out of their games. So Nintendo's first home console was the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom, right? The N64's release was a bit of an odd one. Nintendo console, groundbreaking eight-bit video game console created by Japanese designer Uemura Masayuki. The Famicom offered the ability to play popular arcade games such as Donkey Kong on a home television set and was extremely well received. This was the first involvement of Nintendo in video games. The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized replica of the original NES system, and comes pre-installed with 30 NES games and an NES Classic Controller.