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Nintendo in 1985

Nintendo in 1985

December 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 128 - Nintendo in 1985

 

We look at that special time during 1985 when Nintendo did a holiday test market in New York City!  By being in the right place at the right time they were able to, along with market forces, revive the dead home console industry.  They  had quite a challenge with retailers, and a public that were hostile towards games.  Knowing this Nintendo worked to distance itself from the precious era with marketing that did not use the terms video game, or cartridges.  Instead this was an entertainment system.  You used Game Paks.  Not to mention the introduction of R.O.B. everyone's favorite Robotic Operating Buddy!  By the time of Christmas 1985 with a lot of hard work Nintendo was able to set the stage for a nationwide launch the following year. 

 

TCW 104 - A Holistic View of ET: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-holistic-view-of-et/

TCW 014 - Nintendo Playing with Power: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-playing-with-power/

TCW 110 - Books of History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/books-of-history/
TCW 124 - The Visions of Coleco Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-visions-of-coleco-part-1/

TCW 125 - The Visions of Coleco Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-visions-of-coleco-part-2/

TCW 019 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-1/

TCW 020 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-2/

TCW 021 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-3/

TCW 028 - Picking up the Pieces: The US Arcade Industry After the Crash: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/picking-up-the-pieces-the-us-arcade-industry-after-the-crash/

Nintendo Advanced Video System : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEA2ePG8m-4

The Story of R.O.B. the Robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FuHErzhVE

First Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-ncmPiJk

Early Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWZo56YK9gE

Nintendo Deluxe Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzdyp9L7se8

Gyromite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocrTkuPMmvI

Duck Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQRtvktq_Hg

Stack Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da0_OgCCLJA

Hogan's Alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RZdbIvW3LI

Wild Gunman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuFDlAZpZY

Excite Bike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRgMCtaWoSU

Wrecking Crew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7F-7MtkHD0

Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtO34yEbNvo

Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hETp0pAuU

Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmWjZbHjUgg

Soccer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8fwKWKFmbw

10 Yard Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LUyTv9j1TM

Ice Climber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awYlHBXHits

Clu Clu Land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M2iQloynbg

Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=786yrUhXVrk

Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-gyVEqS1Ts

Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qirrV8w5SQ

Piano Scene BIG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7-rz9nIn4

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

 

Carol of the Bells: https://www.dl-sounds.com/royalty-free/carol-of-the-bells/

 

The Holy and the Ivy: https://www.singing-bell.com/the-holly-and-the-ivy-mp3/

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Dreams of Sega

Dreams of Sega

December 1, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 127 - Dreams of Sega

 

We look at the rapid decline of SEGA.  A company mired in infighting between executives.  This led to the disasterous  launch of the Sega Saturn.  Which was launched early as a panic move when faced with the competition from the SONY PlayStation.  SEGA tried again with the Dreamcast, but was hindered by NEC only able to produce a quarter of the promised chips.  Continued infighting and an exodus of middle management led to more problems.  Resulting in the eventual merger, after a second attempt, with Sammy  where SEGA currently resides as SEGA Sammy Holdings!

 

TCW 005 - The Untold History of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-untold-history-of-sega/

TCW033 - The Saga of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-saga-of-sega/

TCW068 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-1/

TCW069 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-2/

TCW070 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-3/

TCW041 - Beating Them All Up: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/beating-them-all-up/

Tower of Power: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsSbcmRQfHc
The Launch of the Sega Saturn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdygHiqB40

The Launch of the Sega Dreamcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jlsTlmj_eI

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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