These were handheld consoles that came with a pre-installed game including early Mario and Donkey Kong. This was Nintendo's first venture into the console world. Little did they know what was in front of them.
1981- Donkey Kong Arcade
Nintendo's first arcade game was massively popular during it's time. It is as iconic as the Ford-T is to cars. You can find the game on pretty much every console Nintendo released.
1985 - Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
The NES came after the video game crash of 1983 and the revolutionary home console pretty much saved the business. This was the true birth of the giant. It is enjoying a surge of popularity in 2016 with a retro version being released that can plug in to modern appliances.
1989 - Gameboy
This machine stole gazillions of hours of people's childhood but my god did they enjoy doing it. Nintendo cemented themselves as the godfather of handheld gaming with this device. First time that games were sold separately for a hand held device.
1991 - Super Nintendo (SNES)
Super NES arrived with double the graphics of it's predecessor. The game Donkey Kong's Country especially helped sell the console and its graphics.
1995 - Virtual Boy
You may not have heard of this one. It allowed players to play games in 3 dimensions for the first time in a mass market. It was a sales flop and cancelled after just a year. It's headset is reminiscent of the VR hardware appearing today.
1996 - Gameboy Pocket
Put simply this was a smaller and more portable version of the famous handheld game console.
1996 - N64
The N64 changed the Nintendo gaming experience from 2D to 3D and contained some big games like Mario 64 and Mario Tennis that still stand up today. It was also arguably the birthplace of the FPS with Goldeneye's multiplayer an iconic catalyst for the genre.
1998 - Gameboy Colour
The Gameboy Colour continued the tradition of simple console naming as it did exactly what it said on the tin. Basically a handheld NES but still groundbreaking like everything Nintendo seems to touch.
2001 - Gameboy Advance
This beauty expanded on the original with increased graphics and two extra buttons. If the Gameboy Colour was a portable NES this was a portable SNES.
2001 - Gamecube
It may have looked strange with its handle attached to the side, the Gamecube got rid of the famous cartridges in favour of mini discs, a built in rumble and increased graphics.
2004 - Nintendo DS
DS stands for dual scree. It was a true succesor for the Gameboy changing the way people played on handheld consoles. Three other models were spun off from it with the Lite, i and iXL.
2006 - Wii
The Wii was based around motion control and it was a huge hit with families. The Wii is arguably Nintendo's biggest commercial success and it's ability of bringing people together changed 'game night' for ever.
2011 - Nintendo 3DS
The 3DS offered 3D gaming without the need for glasses! This witchcraft also offered players augmented reality play and allowed players to play old classics like Zelda Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64.
2012 - WiiU
Nintendo's biggest success was followed by arguably it's biggest disaster since Virtual Boy. The Wii U was poorly marketed with many mistaking it for an add on for the Wii U. For those that did believe in it however it offered some unique experiences as well as the genius of the gamepad which allowed players to play anywhere in their house.