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NES Celebrates 30 Years, Will Get Its Own Museum Exhibit

When you were just a young'un, sitting there playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System, could you have imagined that it would someday earn its own exhibit in a museum?

If you say "yes," you're lying.

And yet, it has happened. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary game console (it first hit store shelves in North American in 1985), video game museum The Strong has revealed that it will host a special exhibit dedicated to the system. It will go up later this year.

The Strong's exhibit will be called "Playing with Power: 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System" and it will debut at the Rochester, NY museum this fall. Attendees will learn more about the console's development, and this will include previously unseen interviews with NES hardware designer Masayuki Uemura. And of course, you'll be able to play some classic NES titles, like Super Mario Bros.

The exhibit is being jointly produced by The Strong and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and the two groups will also share research projects and even staff. It's part of a professional exchange program of sorts. Said Ritsumeikan University program chair Uemara:

"This partnership allows researchers and scholars in both the United States and Japan to learn from one another about how best to study and preserve the many contributions video games have had to our shared cultural heritage. Together, we can also help tell the story of the Japanese video game industry to guests of The Strong, beginning with the exhibit about the Nintendo Entertainment System this fall."

All this from little ol' Mario. Well, among other things. :)

Tags: nintendo, nes, nintendo museum, video game history

5/22/2015 9:06:28 PM John Shepard

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Comments (6 posts)

Underdog15
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 12:35:01 AM
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Ah... dear NES. My first true love. The others that came before were flirtatious... but you... YOU, nes... you were beautiful with your bouncy bits, your complex matrices, and vast array of interests and talents.

(Also that 3-way with game genie... wow.)

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FAREEZ
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 5:47:06 AM

This is the best love story I've ever read...

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VampDeLeon
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 12:51:33 AM
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"If you say "yes," you're lying."

Or I just had a very extreme proactive and unrealistic (well, realistic now) imagination lol.

Despite not even being alive when the NES first was released, it was one of the very first consoles I played as a little kid around the mid 90's before I had the PS1.

There was a lot of replaying with Mario, Donkey Kong, Darkwing Duck, Legend of Zelda II, Kickle Cubicle on it.

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phade2blaq
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 11:06:54 PM

The NES was the console that started it all after the video game industry went bust in the early 1980s. Without it, we don't have what we have today and it's quite possible that video games die out altogether if not for Nintendo and Sega.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 9:22:02 PM
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well thats quite something isn't it. well i thinks its well deserved it was quite the evolutionary system in its time, and if it can bring people together to learn that would be pritty cool some cross cultral education. so yeah coming from a 90's kid this is pritty cool aye i reckon.

happy gaming

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phade2blaq
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 11:03:20 PM
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I was a die-hard NES and SNES gamer from the late 1980s until the late 1990s and then Nintendo fell off for me after the N64 which was the last Nintendo console I ever owned or bought.

I could play Mario for hours and hours and never get bored.

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