This year the Famicom turned 30 years young.

Known in the US as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The game changing system is known for its memorable characters and intuitive controls that resuscitated a failing gaming industry in America. Nintendo entered the U.S. economy amid a crashing domestic game industry. The bottom had fallen out of the arcade market and a flood of cheap, gimmicky consoles, which sometimes worked but often didn't, had disenchanted the public.

We pick out the ten most important moments of Nintendo’s history in America and how it affected gaming around the world, and your gaming life at home.

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