How the Nintendo NES changed video game history forever

The Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in the United States on October 18, 1985.

NORFOLK, Virginia – On October 18, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in the United States.

Buyers were gearing up for the holiday rush, and aside from VHS players and answering machines, the video game system was starting to create a buzz.

Much to our surprise now, it actually took a few years to stick. The Nintendo frenzy didn’t peak here in Hampton Roads until the holiday shopping season of 1988.

When it debuted, the NES was priced at $ 179.99.

“[Nintendo] send them out as fast as they can, ”said a toy store manager in a story we posted on Black Friday that year. “Demand across the country is causing this shortage.”

The NES entertained the kids after school, but it was considered a hobby at best.

But almost four decades later, it has become much more than that. You can make a living playing video games today.

Esports programs are widely available at colleges and universities across the country, including here at Hampton Roads.

Some local high schools have even started clubs and incorporated video games into their curriculum. Esport itself is a billion dollar industry.

The game has matured a lot since the birth of this little gray box and rectangular controller, but the simple concepts that it first brought to market hold up today. They are part of the legacy of the Nintendo Entertainment System, a legacy that began in 1985.