Third Generation Video Game Consoles: the 8-bit Generation

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The industry needed something magical to recover and, thanks to the third generation of gaming, they found exactly what they needed.

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The best-known systems of this time are the Sega SG-1000, Nintendo’s Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, and the Atari 7800.

Which consoles are third generation?

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Selling more than 61 million units combined, the NES and its Japanese cousin, the Famicom, outsold all other consoles by a wide margin.

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What was the best-selling console of the third generation?

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Yes! There were a number of consoles released during this time that didn’t make any headway in the market.

Were there any other third generation consoles during this time period?

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These consoles were mainly limited to Japan and included launches from brands like Casio, VTech, Worlds of Wonder, and some others.

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The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis battle for market share was an epic fight, while Neo Geo and the TurboGrafx-16 also tried to make waves in the industry.

What consoles came after the third generation?

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Retro gaming is a hot market these days, so you can definitely find these consoles for purchase. In some cases, if you are willing to pay big, you can even find some with their original box.

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Can you still find these consoles for purchase?

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