Consoles – 3rd Generation (1983-2003)

The third generation of games consoles, also known as the 8-bit era, began in 1983 with the launch of two systems in Japan: Nintendo’s Family Computer (Famicom) and Sega’s SG-1000. This generation also introduced the ability to save games on the cartridges, allowing for more expansive and complex gaming worlds.
The best-selling console of this generation was the Famicom, which was remodeled and marketed as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) outside of Japan. The NES dominated the market in Japan and North America, while the Sega Master System (the successor to the SG-1000) was more popular in Europe and Brazil.
Some of the popular games of this generation were Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.