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Good Nintentions in print

Buy the book! This massive tome offers a reasonably comprehensive overview of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Welcome!

Welcome to Good Nintentions, a chronological survey of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s library.

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Super Mario Bros.

The game that defined the NES, redefined Mario, and had a permanent impact on the shape of video games. It’s kind of a big deal.

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10-Yard Fight

The second of NES’s (technically) third-party day-one titles, this American football sim seemed a natural fit for the U.S. launch.

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Gyromite

A showcase for the NES’s Trojan horse peripheral R.O.B., Gyromite is in fact a lot more fun than it really needed to be.

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Stack-Up

Less a game than an interactive demo for R.O.B., Stack-Up feels rushed out the door moreso than any other NES launch title.

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R.O.B.

The Robot Operating Buddy! R.O.B. has an interesting history, considering the way Nintendo abandoned him almost immediately.

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Kung-Fu

Irem’s Jackie Chan-based arcade brawler was the first of two third-party releases to be brought under Nintendo’s wing for the NES launch.

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Wrecking Crew

Playing the role of demolition worker, this was Mario’s final dilettante outing before settling down into a career as the Mushroom Kingdom’s hero.

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Ice Climber

Leap to the pinnacle of the mountain, alone or with a friend, in order to rescue abducted eggplants from a dino-bird. 8-bit games were weird, man.

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Excitebike

It’s a racer! It’s a platformer! It’s a beloved motocross classic!

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Clu Clu Land

An odd, belated attempt to clone Pac-Man that nevertheless has its own interesting legacy.

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Hogan’s Alley

The third Nintendo light gun release, largely forgotten by history but still good fun.

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Golf

Debuting right as game designers mastered translating the sport into video form, Golf became one of Nintendo’s more influential creations.

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Duck Hunt

The comical hunting game whose popularity in America encouraged Nintendo to press ahead with plans to take the Famicom console abroad.

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Wild Gunman

Nintendo’s debut title for its light gun peripheral, based on an innovative film-based arcade installation from the ’70s.

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Zapper

A light gun peripheral built on the concepts of best-selling pre-video Nintendo toys from the 1970s, included as a pack-in with American consoles.

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Pinball

A basic but timeless interpretation of video gaming’s coin-op granddaddy, Pinball gave programming prodigy Satoru Iwata a foot in the door at NCL.

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Tennis

The first NES game ever to reach American shores, Tennis has a remarkable pedigree for such a simple game.

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Baseball

Nintendo’s “first” NES game, Baseball feels sadly simplistic compared to modern takes on the sport. Top-tier stuff back in ’83, though!