Next-Gen Graphics: The Third Generation

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There's been a lot of buzz lately around next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 1 - and with good reason. Regardless of which team you're on, it's undeniable that both Sony and Microsoft have created incredible machines that bring gamers everywhere stunning graphics and much appreciated ad-ons. So it's easy to keep looking forward and forget that, once upon a time not too long ago, "next-gen" meant something a whole lot different. Our partners at US Gamer have put together the first part of a series comparing the leap from generation to generation. Here's a sample of part one.

Generation 3

Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo's amazing little box launched in the United States on October 18, 1985. Its launch lineup totaled 18 games, including Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Excitebike, and Kung-Fu. The NES was a big step-up from the previous generation, and the first big system to come after the video game market crash. It had six years on the market before its successor touched down.

Launch Titles:
  • 10-Yard Fight
  • Baseball
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math
  • Duck Hunt
  • Excitebike
  • Golf
  • Gyromite
  • Hogan's Alley
  • Ice Climber
  • Kung-Fu
  • Mach Rider
  • Pinball
  • Stack-Up
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Tennis
  • Wild Gunman
  • Wrecking Crew

Super Mario Bros (1985) vs. Super Mario Bros 3 (1990)

Ikari Warriors (1987) vs. Ikari III: The Rescue (1991)

10-Yard Fight (1986) vs. Tecmo Super Bowl (1991)

Baseball (1985) vs. Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (1991)

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