Fortunately, as indicated by various sources collected in the article on the history of video games on Wikipedia, it was not, and although the industry in North America would practically disappear, the other half of the planet would take over to make way a generation without equal. As Japan owned and managed the “Consolero” market, computers with screens that spent hours and hours playing games became increasingly popular in Europe. They are jewels ZX spectrumfirst from Sinclair and then from Amstrad, Commodore 64, the Amstrad CPCor the standard MSX This would grow into myriad models from different companies and create great video game sagas like Metal Gear. There are also emulators for Android for many of these computers, but we’ll talk about them in detail later in other compilations.
After the first two sections of our section “Console Emulators on Android”, Today it’s the turn of the third generation of consoles, one of the most mythical and possibly the one that more gamers took their first steps with in this video game. Oddly enough starts after as “1983 Crash”The culminating year of a time that was on the verge of the extinction of video games due to a number of factors that we will not elaborate on because it would take too long to do so.
As we said earlier, the vast majority of consoles were from Japanese factories and would undoubtedly stand out, two of them above all else: Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom), known as outside of Japan Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Sega Master System (SMS), which was marketed in Japan as the Sega Mark III.
Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)
The Famicom saw the light of day in Japan on July 15, 1983what the third generation started. The success achieved has been incredible, as can be seen in the 20 million units sold in this country. After all, Nintendo had no choice but to expand internationally.
On In 1985 the console came to the United States as the NESIn the course of the name change, the appearance also changed, perhaps more in the western style. Despite the reluctance of Americans after that crashNintendo has managed to find its place thanks to a great business model. And boy did he find it? It was the country where it had the most sales with a whopping 34 million. Eventually, between 1986 and 1987, he would land and be in Canada, Australia and Europe The best-selling console in history until the arrival of another old acquaintance, Playstationwhat we will talk about in the fifth generation. Hence, it was the dominant feature of the third generation, although the Sega Master System managed to make it difficult, at least in Europe.
The rectangular buttons are one of the most outstanding features of the 8-bit machine Pad directed and without Joysticksand the four buttons A, B, Start and Select. What’s more The ability to simply record the game was introduced for the first timeThanks to the installation of batteries in the cartridges that will allow you to create long lasting games. Thanks to this, some of the best sagas in history would be born.
Ten of his best games
- Super mario bros.
- Super Mario Bros 3
- Final Fantasy
- Double kite
- The legend of Zelda
- Kirby’s adventure
- Mega Man 2
- Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
NES on Android
To emulate NES on Android, we have a lot of options on Google PlayAs you’d expect from such a revered console, but personally I stick with NES.emu (you’ll find that I usually pick this developer’s emulators as I think they work best). Although it is paid for, there is also a free alternative from another developer based on the same emulator that has had several updates but is equally valid.
With both emulators we have a wide variety of options that allow us to configure it to our liking using the buttons on the screen (although they are also compatible with Gamepads external physical), up to video or audio parameters. To play we have to Indicate the route we are on Rome saved, choose one, Play Now!
Google play | Nes.emu (3.49 euros)
Google play | Nes.emu Free (Free)
Sega Master System (1985)
At the same time as the introduction of the NES in the USA, the second large console of the third generation was born in Japan, also with an 8-bit processor, although a little more powerful than the first. Sega Mark III or Sega Master System internationalor was the successor to SG-1000 and is one of the most successful in the company’s history. Its main market niches were Europe and Brazil, where it knew how to hold its own against Nintendo, unlike the US and its home country, where it is portrayed when you compare the sales of both companies.
Sega Master System had its portable version, the Sega Game Gear, a few years later, which would rival Nintendo’s second major hit, the Game Boy itself, in the fourth generation, as we’ll see at that time. I would do that again on the desktop Sega Master System II, smaller and lighter than the original model, and with cuts in some of its components, all of this reduce costs.
Sega delighted us at the time with unforgettable titles, some of which Designed directly to compete against successful Nintendo franchiseslike Super Mario Bros or Zelda, and that in turn would be the initiators of sagas that would last for decades. Others were Ports of the great arcades that triumphed in the living quarters, although adapted to the constraints of the home console.
Ten of his best games
- Alex Kidd in the wonder world
- Alex Kidd in the shinobi world
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Boy wonder
- Fantasy star
- Out run
- Castle of Illusion with Mickey Mouse
- Ninja gaiden
- Streets of anger
Sega Master System on Android
If we want to enjoy SMS on Android there are several emulators of which Some are also capable of emulating Sega Game Gear and they will serve us for Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) as well., the successor to Master System that we’ll be looking at next week. All of them I leave you below work perfectly:
Google play | MD.emu (3.99 euros)
Google play | MD.emu Free (Free)
Google play | MasterGear – Sega Emulator (3.99 euros)
Our walk through this wonderful generation ends here. Of course, there were also other machines in those epochs. One of them was Atari 7800, who we might consider the third in the argument, that comforts first backward compatibility introducedas it was able to support the games of the old Atari 2600 but not the Atari 5200 it was supposed to replace. In any case, the Atari 7800 would tend to go unnoticed in the shadow of the two giants of the generation.
We will enter it next Friday fabulous fourth generation. If the third were an interesting fight between Nintendo and Sega, that would be just the starter of a fierce war between the two Japanese companies with the Super Nintendo and the Sega Mega Drive as workhorses. Other proper names were Turbografx (PC Engine), with which the generation was started, and Neo-Geo. It was also introduced one of the most important breakthroughs in history: The CD began to evolve into a storage standard, and with it the first “inventions” of the game console manufacturers who exploited it appeared. Will you miss it
Console emulators on Android | First generation
Console emulators on Android | Second generation
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