Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)


Officially released in North America on October 15, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is a third generation, 8-bit system. Using a modified version of the 6502 MOS Technologies processor, known as the Ricoh 2A03, the NES used a processor similar to, but distinct from, the Atari 7800, Apple II, and Commodore 63. Nintendo's decision to utilize a front-load method, similar to that seen in VCRs, was an early attempt to disassociate the NES from the rest of the failing video game systems. Unfortunately, the front load method, with its ZIF drive (Zero Insertion Force), proved problematic over the years, and was eventually replaced with a top-loading design.

The NES is considered the savior of the video game industry, revitalizing the field after the Crash of 1983. Originally retailing for $199, the NES included Super Mario Bros., but was sold without R.O.B. or the Zapper. With the addition of these accessories, the price jumped to $249, replacing Super Mario Bros. with Duck Hunt and Gyromite.

Our collection includes a 1987 NES. Purchased new, the console was sold as a basic set, including the console and two controllers, but no game. The NES has an RF port, a composite video port, and two controller ports.


  • Contra
    Flight of the Intruder
    R.C. Pro-Am
    Spy Hunter
    Super Mario Bros. 2
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Top Gun

Super NES


Originally released in North America on August 23, 1991, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) represents a fourth generation, 16-bit gaming system. Perhaps best remembered in the gaming community for RPG classics like Earthbound, the Final Fantasy series, Super Mario RPG, and Chrono Trigger, in the 1990s the SNES and Genesis were at war. Other highlights of the SNES include Mode 7, a matrix rotation algorithm that allowed such revolutionary games as Super Mario Kart to exist by rotating and scaling a picture out of the plane of the screen. For some though, the SNES will best be remembered for its green blood in Mortal Combat.

Launch pricing for the SNES was set at $199. This particular model was donated and, like all SNESs, includes two controller ports, and a Nintendo video port compatible with the N64 and GameCube video cables (not the digital cables).


  • Clue
    Donkey Kong Country
    Donkey Kong Country 2
    Earthworm Jim
    Killer Instinct
    Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein
    Super Mario All Stars
    Super R-Type
    The Lion King
    Wacky Sports Challenge

Nintendo 64


Originally released in North America on September 29, 1996, the Nintendo 64 (N64) is a fifth generation, 64-bit model. Featuring four controller ports, it is notable for several unique inclusions and exclusions. Perhaps most apparent is the lack of an optical drive. Nintendo made excellent profits on cartridges, tightly controlling cartridge production, and by extension, game content, was far simpler for their cartridge based system. As a result, several notable games (e.g. Final Fantasy VII) were nearly impossible to run on the system, though early demos do exist. None-the-less, the system became a classic, and in many ways is considered the spiritual predecessor to the Microsoft Xbox. This is due in large part to the N64's revolutionary controller. Containing 3 prongs, the central prong housing an analog stick, the N64 finally brought first-person shooting (FPS) to the home console. Games such as James Bond 007: Golden Eye and Perfect Dark were much loved for their multiple FPS gameplay, so much so in fact that they have been remade for each subsequent generation of game systems.

Like previous Nintendo systems, the N64 launched at $199. Our particular model was purchased second-hand and included a memory expansion.


  • Mario Kart 64
    Paper Mario
    Perfect Dark
    Super Mario 64



Originally released in North America on November 18, 2001 as a sixth generation gaming system, the Nintendo GameCube represented the end of an era. After the GameCube, Nintendo ceased building high-end traditional gaming systems, focusing instead on innovative gaming interfaces. As one of the most powerful game systems of its generation, the GameCube was a tiny package with big guts. Unfortunately, the previous generation was still taking its toll on Nintendo. Despite the reluctant switch to optical media, Nintendo, in an attempt to fight piracy, opted to use a non-standard, 6 cm, DVD-like disk. These mini-disks were limited to 1.5 GB of content. In an era where high-polygon count 3D effects and high definition graphics were starting to take off, this essentially crippled the GameCube. On top of this, Sony released the PlayStation 2 a year earlier. This meant that the PlayStation 2's install base was considerably larger than what Nintendo and Microsoft could gather. This pulled many third-party publishers to choose the PS2 as their default system. In the end, the GameCube came in a close 3rd to the Microsoft Xbox, but both fell far behind what Sony sold.

Selling for $199 at launch, our GameCube is a limited edition, platinum unit featuring both the analog and the later discontinued digital outputs. To make use of the digital video output, the component cables were specially purchased from Nintendo before being discontinued. Our collection also includes the Game Boy Advanced Player, a system accessory that allows all Gameboy games to be played on a TV via the GameCube.


  • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
    Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
    Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
    Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure
    Luigi’s Mansion
    Mario Kart: Double Dash
    Mario Party 6
    Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
    R: Racing Evolution
    Resident Evil 4
    Robotech: Battlecry
    Sonic Mega Collection
    Tales of Symphonia



Originally released on November 19, 2006, the Wii represents Nintendo's fifth home console, a seventh generation game system. Code named Revolution, the Wii was Nintendo's effort to revolutionize the video game world. Unlike the GameCube, the Wii represented a complete change in direction, both for Nintendo and the video game industry as a whole. The push for faster processors, more colors, better sound, and better graphics ceased. With the PlayStation 2, Sony had proven that the system with the most users netted the most games, and, by extension, the highest sales. With this in mind, Nintendo embarked on a mission, reaching out to the relatively untapped "casual gamer" market (aka Blue Ocean). In an attempt to create user-friendly controllers, Nintendo fashioned a TV remote style controller, relying on pointing as a major play element. Slow to catch on, it wasn't until 2010 that the competition came around to this way of thinking. In fact, the Wii was so successful that it displaced the NES as the best selling Nintendo console of all time. That's saying a lot considering more children in the world recognize Mario than Mickey Mouse!

The Wii has been made available in several colors, but to date there has only been one configuration. Priced at $249, our Wii was purchased new with Wii Sports.


  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
    Mario Kart Wii
    New Super Mario Bros.
    Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
    Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
    Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Super Paper Mario
    The House of the Dead: Overkill
    Trauma Center: Second Opinion
    Virtual Console: Galaxy Force (Gen)
    Virtual Console: Legend of Zelda (NES)
    Virtual Console: Sin and Punishment (N64)
    Virtual Console: Yoshi’s Island (N64)
    Wii Play
    Wii Sports
    WiiWare: Defend Your Castle
    WiiWare: Lostwinds

Wii U

Wii U

Originally released on November 18, 2012, the Wii U represents Nintendo's sixth home console, an eighth generation game system. While the Wii was Nintendo's effort to revolutionize the video game world, the Wii U represented an evolutionary change in the same direction. Updated with HD graphics and a better online system, the Wii U looks to combine Nintendo's sucessful portable gaming platforms like the DS and 3DS with thier sell-out home console the Wii. In fact, Nintendo has been chastised for their lack in clarity when marketing the Wii U. Many consumers confuse the new touch controller for a peripherial to the orginal Wii as opposed to a new system all together. In reality though, the Wii U is a continuation of the Nintendo Connectivity project first started with the GameCube and the Gameboy Advanced.

The Wii U has been made available in black or white, with the color indicating the configuration. Priced at $299 for the 8 GB model and $349 for the 32 GB unit, our 32 GB Wii U was purchased new with Nintendo Land.


  • New Super Mario Bros. U
    Nintendo Land
    Zombie U

Technical Specifications

Console CPU Resolution Colors RAM ROM Type ROM Capacity Output Backwards Compatibility
Source: Wikipedia
NES Ricoh 2A03 16-bit @ 1.76 MHz 256x240 53 2KB cartridge 768KB RF/Composite N/A
SNES Ricoh 5A22 16-bit @ 21.5 MHz 512x478 15 128KB cartridge 6KB RF/Composite No
N64 NEC VR4300 @ 93.75 MHz 480i 15/24 4MB cartridge 64MB RF/Composite No
GameCube "Gekko" PowerPC-based @ 486 MHz 480p 24/32 43MB mini DVD 1.5GB Composite/S-vid/Component No
Wii "Broadway" PowerPC-based @ 729 MHz 480p 24/32 88MB DVD 8.5GB, 512MB internal Composite/S-vid/Component GameCube
Wii U 3-core PowerPC-based @ ? MHz 1080p 24/32 2GB HD disk 25GB/layer disk/8GB or 32GB internal HDMI Wii