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Nintendo's January, 1985 CES exhibit Scans inside

Jun 7, 2015 at 12:13:46 AM
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I posted some poor quality digital pics of one or two of these a couple of years ago, but now that I've made some decent scans, I thought I'd post the whole set here for historical interest's sake.

These pictures are from the January, 1985 CES in Las Vegas, where Nintendo first showed their "proto-NES", the Advanced Video System . Only a few US print sources at the time bothered to mention Nintendo's booth, usually quite briefly, with few images available. However, in the April, 1985 issue of the pioneering Japanese game magazine Beep, they did a full report on the show, which included a visit to Nintendo's exhibit. Obviously, the third image down is the clearest display of the system in action, but look closely in the background of the first two, and you'll see the units lined up and being played by showgoers. As far as I know, these are the only extant pictures of Nintendo's display from this show, and of the AVS actually being operated.











Edited: 06/07/2015 at 12:15 AM by Brain Breaker

Jun 7, 2015 at 12:16:41 AM
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Awesome! thanks for uploading.

Jun 7, 2015 at 12:18:42 AM
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I wonder if Nintendo still has these floor units some where on display? It's not every day you get to claim to be a pivotal role in saving a past-time that was quickly sinking into the eb and flow of time due to terrible products. Old photos like these always fascinate me. I consider it akin to having photos of the computer trade show Steve Jobs and The Woz showed up at with their first system. The photographer doesn't know they're capturing the beginning of something tremendous; they're just doing their job and hoping the film doesn't come out burned.

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Jun 7, 2015 at 12:25:28 AM
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Originally posted by: SixFistedNinja

I wonder if Nintendo still has these floor units some where on display? It's not every day you get to claim to be a pivotal role in saving a past-time that was quickly sinking into the eb and flow of time due to terrible products. Old photos like these always fascinate me. I consider it akin to have photos of the computer trade show Steve Jobs and The Woz first showed up at with their first system. The photographer doesn't know they're capturing the beginning of something tremendous; they're just doing their job and hoping the film doesn't come out burned.

Yes, they used to have parts of it on display at Nintendo World in NYC:

http://ptoponline.com/?p=491...

However, that display didn't seem to include the actual main AVS unit itself, for some reason.


Edited: 06/07/2015 at 12:26 AM by Brain Breaker

Jun 7, 2015 at 12:35:44 AM
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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. What did the article say about Nintendo's exhibit?

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Jun 7, 2015 at 1:48:50 AM
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Very cool photos!

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Jun 7, 2015 at 10:26:32 AM
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Very cool pictures! Is there anymore to share from the event?

Jun 7, 2015 at 10:37:35 AM
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I wonder what they were demoing in the red kiosk booths.

Also, love the Canadian tuxedo in the background of the first picture. Denim on denim on denim

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Jun 7, 2015 at 10:47:45 AM
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Those are red tent arcade machines. I am sure they had VS games to play.

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Jun 7, 2015 at 10:59:41 AM
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Great post! Love these old historical articles/photos!

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Jun 7, 2015 at 11:13:54 AM
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Thank you!

Jun 7, 2015 at 11:18:44 AM
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Whoa, cool. Hard to imagine a world where Nintendo was just another booth.

Jun 7, 2015 at 2:01:04 PM
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Awesome post, love seeing the dudes in business suits playing on the VS System.

Jun 7, 2015 at 2:26:03 PM
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Awesome pics!! Crazy that it doesn't even look that busy!!! How times have changed!!!

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Jun 7, 2015 at 5:14:33 PM
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thanks for sharing these! very cool

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Jun 7, 2015 at 5:18:42 PM
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Originally posted by: SixFistedNinja

I wonder if Nintendo still has these floor units some where on display? It's not every day you get to claim to be a pivotal role in saving a past-time that was quickly sinking into the eb and flow of time due to terrible products. Old photos like these always fascinate me. I consider it akin to having photos of the computer trade show Steve Jobs and The Woz showed up at with their first system. The photographer doesn't know they're capturing the beginning of something tremendous; they're just doing their job and hoping the film doesn't come out burned.

This is precisely whay I find these old photgraphs so fascinating. Have you ever seen the old photographs of the grindhouse theaters on 42nd Street? I adore looking at them and studying every seedy detail, yet they are so hard to come by, I am afraid. Well, at least they are for someone with as limited computer machine capabilities as I prossess.


Jun 7, 2015 at 5:38:43 PM
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Hot booth chick reminds me of Stacey from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.


Jun 7, 2015 at 5:48:13 PM
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I want a bagel so bad right now.

Jun 8, 2015 at 7:27:59 AM
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look seeing the retro time(s) ... I mean look at how they dressed back then

something from a different time

Jun 8, 2015 at 8:10:39 AM
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Nice post! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Jun 8, 2015 at 8:33:54 AM
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Originally posted by: dropkickorange

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. What did the article say about Nintendo's exhibit?


It was a fairly brief write-up, basically just describing the various components and how they did or didn't relate to their domestic Famicom equivalents. Their main impression was how serious, adult, refined, etc. the designs were compared to the toy-like Famicom aesthetics, which was a theme that carried over in later Japanese reports of the actual NES.

Perhaps the most interesting impression they came away with was that the wireless controllers were catering directly to American living spaces. They seemed to think that Americans' larger rooms and television screen sizes meant that users wouldn't want/need to sit right in front of their TVs to play, as most Japanese tended to.


Edited: 06/08/2015 at 08:37 AM by Brain Breaker

Jun 8, 2015 at 10:03:27 AM
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Dude! Thanks for sharing the photos! They are fantastic!!

Jun 8, 2015 at 5:18:38 PM
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Originally posted by: Brain Breaker

Originally posted by: dropkickorange

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. What did the article say about Nintendo's exhibit?


It was a fairly brief write-up, basically just describing the various components and how they did or didn't relate to their domestic Famicom equivalents. Their main impression was how serious, adult, refined, etc. the designs were compared to the toy-like Famicom aesthetics, which was a theme that carried over in later Japanese reports of the actual NES.

Perhaps the most interesting impression they came away with was that the wireless controllers were catering directly to American living spaces. They seemed to think that Americans' larger rooms and television screen sizes meant that users wouldn't want/need to sit right in front of their TVs to play, as most Japanese tended to.

Wow, they were certainly right about that last point! I'm sure they felt the same way about the longer controller cables too.


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Jun 8, 2015 at 9:27:38 PM
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Funny story. A close source tells me that the AVS on display was a painted wood block. I've heard the same of the AVS on display at Nintendo World Store.

I wonder how many incidental photos of Nintendo's 1985 booth are out there.

Jun 8, 2015 at 9:37:44 PM
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People actually playing makes it more likely the displays (including NY) are at least functional. You can even see the guy aiming the controller down at the system. System still could be painted wood with a Famicom board inside. They certainly had the moneys to make real models.