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Nintendo's been online for years...

Discussion in 'Retro Consoles' started by Gamejunkie, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Gamejunkie

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    I'm not sure if theres a thread about this already so Im just going to post anyway.

    I have heard alot of people saying that the DS and Wii are nintendos first attempts and puting their systems online. The truth is nintendo has had everyone of their consoles with some kind of online capability (yes even NES called famicom in japan) even though you could only get the extra hardware in japan, I have played N64 online and I was one of the only people I knew that had the GCN online (only had 2 games that used it) So I just thought I'd bring up the subject and open any disscusion for it, cause alot of people are ignorant to the fact that nintendo was the FIRST to have any console online, heck they even had a diskdrive for NES,SNES and N64 too... So did the PSX
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  2. JAKE196

    JAKE196 Cogito Ergo Sum

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    cool, didn't know that. :)
     
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    You got me there Darkprinny! btw that was more like sega channel, I had Intellivision I would've hit this up along time ago! I wonder why it never caught on...
     
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    There was a service for the Atari 2600 that included a cartridge that connected to your phone line. You could download and play games (they would be gone when you turned the power off though). No additional functionality though (multiplayer online or anything like that).

    Here it, it was called Gameline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gameline
    Pic: http://netti.nic.fi/~pelle/pkp/old8cvc.jpg

    Interestingly enough, the guys who did that eventually created America Online.
     
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    Wiinter Audentes fortuna iuvat

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    You'd think they'd be better at it by now. :aureola:
     
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    Well now Very Interesting! again its like a sega channel but wow, that had to be the first form of online gaming. I wonder how long it took to D/L those tiny atari games. I had a 2600 and when I was younger I could'nt get why my 2600 would'nt play atari 3200 games! and I still wonder why the 3200 never got more popular than the 2600, it might be because the nintendo came out in 1986? i think... I had mario bros for 2600 man I wish I still had it I bought it for 50 cents at a flea market. Now i could've probably sold it for 10 times that!
     
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    blueradio get crunk.

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    the super nintendo's disc drive was never released.
    it was made in part with sony
    and that's how the playstation came about.
    the super nintendo disc drive came out as the Philips PS-I which was the worst console ever made.
    ya n00b
     
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    Theres a few consoles that you could do things online with
    Its just it was before anybody knew what internet was
     
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    samXcor3 the best kid!

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    I <3 SEGA CHANNEL
     
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    It took under 5 minutes per game. Unfortunately the game selection wasn't all that great and the lineup neve really increased. It came out during the tail end of the 2600's lifespan and didn't last very long. They would send you pages to put into a binder that had info for each game and how to play it. There was a numeric keypad on the screen where you would enter your PIN number (so that parents could limit the number of games you could download) and then you would enter the number for the game and it would make a dial-up connection and download the game. I'm not sure how fast the modem was, but given the era it came out, it was probably 300 or 1200 baud.

    I did a quick look at eBay and it looks like the Atari 2600 version of Mario Bros. is going for just under a dollar, and that's including the manual. It wasn't very rare.
     
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    U da noob!


    The Nintendo Disk Drive WAS released just not in america, you can find them quite easily in Japan.
     
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    The Mario on the VCS/2600 wasnt what you think it was
    It was the Mario pipes game that was on the GBA Mario games
     
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    Original..


    Yes but that is the Original Mario Bros. first one ever made, I think his first appearance is on Donkey Kong, Im not sure though you'd have to look it up...
    And Im not surprised it's not worth much, Atari Games back then were still a dime a dozen LITERALLY... lol
     
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    Well DK was the first game he was in and that game was on a few formats
    http://kotaku.com/gaming/nintendo/marios-dirty-atari-past-194215.php
    Vid of said Atari game

    But as far as the atari 2600/vcs gose I still play on mine
    Yars Revenge on a 50" tv FOR THE EPIC WIN
     
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    X-band was great while it lasted. Too bad the owner was in it for the money. Once he got his cash he closed shop. X-band allowed you to play SNES and Genesis games online. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, Mario Kart were a few of the many available games. It also included an email system, player ranking, personal win/loss score system, chat mode, and other features. The battery(memory) in most X-bands expires in 3-5 years of non usage.
     
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    The batterys run flat in most old games after a few years

    WAIT
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    Bugger
     
  18. Bigred

    Bigred Homework!

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    final fantasy star had pretty good multiplayer online on the gamecube.
    (if you didn't know, theres an internet port on the bottom of the gamecube)
     
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    Do not get Phantasy Star mixed up with FF

    The prob was you needed to buy a modem to play online (this was during the world went broad band)
     
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    woops.. lol
     

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