World of Nintendo: Exploring Nintendo in [Eastern] Europe

The NES has been credited with re-vitalizing the American video game industry with numerous publications exploring Nintendo’s flagship console invading the household of American children

The NES, however, was not limited to just the US. Most commonly cited regions of release for the NES include Australia, Western Europe, and Japan.

Other regions such as Central/Eastern Europe have been downplayed or skipped over in the context of the NES, with the assumption that they were home to only clones, such as the Russian Dendy or the Polish Pegasus.

However as we will explore, nearly every country within continental Europe had an official Nintendo presence, with hundreds of thousands of dollars being poured into marketing the NES, GB, and SNES in the 1990s.

In this presentation, we will look at how Nintendo - and the NES - arrived in Poland and Hungary, while also exploring their presence in other parts of Europe such as the Czech Republic, Romania, and the former Yugoslava.


Joshua Rogers (MegaManSec) [Student, Swinburne university of technology]