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Play With Power At The Strong Museum's NES 30th Anniversary Exhibit

by Marcus Stewart on Oct 14, 2015 at 12:13 PM

October 18 marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. The NES ushered in a new era of gaming from the ashes of the 1983 video game crash, and you can trace its history, as well as Nintendo’s, at The Strong National Museum of Play’s NES-themed exhibit.

The exhibit, titled Playing With Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System, curates artifacts documenting Nintendo’s 125-year existence. These include the company’s pre-video game era products such as hanafuda cards (The Big N’s original chief export), the 1969 electronic Love Tester, and the Ultra Hand toy created by Game Boy Inventor, Gunpei Yokoi.

Museum goers can also view authentic NES design schematics from Nintendo’s archives, and check out the 1983 Japanese Famicom and NES Deluxe Set (which bundled R.O.B. the robot). Also featured is a video interview with hardware designer Masayuki Uemura, who discusses his career as well as the system’s development cycle.   

Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3 will be available for play using a custom giant NES controller. Attendees can also enjoy modern releases such as Super Mario Maker. The exhibit’s opening weekend celebration includes photo ops with mascots, craft projects, and several other Nintendo-themed family activities. 

If you’re in the Rochester, New York area and interested in learning about the Famicom/NES’s impact on society, the exhibit’s opening celebration begins Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. After that, it remains on view through January 24, 2016.