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GH101 Lecture 2: NES Influence in NA

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We return with a (hopefully) bi-weekly lecture series on a high level overview of video games.  In this returning episode, Fred and Eli discuss how Nintendo rose to such unrivaled influence in North America.  The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was synonymous with the term “video game” through the mid-late 1980s in a way no other console really has since.  In this episode we discuss not only how this happened, by why one company was able to command most of a market for such a distinct period of time.

Songs (in order of appearance):

  • Training Theme – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES)
  • Act 4, Part 2 Level Theme – Ninja Gaiden (NES)
  • Title Theme – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
  • Stage Theme – Karnov (NES)
  • Main Theme – Metroid (FDS)
  • Mission 4 Theme – Double Dragon II (NES)
  • Stage Theme 01 – Gauntlet (NES)
  • Dungeon Theme – Faxanadu (NES)

Written by Fred Rojas

August 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

Posted in Lectures, podcast

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