Short for Nintendo Entertainment System, quite possibly the best gaming system ever created. NOT to be confused with N64 or even Super NES / SNES. The unfortunate thing is, these babies don't work so well. However, Nintendo (the company) solved this problem by creating a re-issue where the game cartridge loads on top instead of in front as in the original. Tragically, this re-issue is rare, and will put you down some 60 bucks on eBay. Nintendo spawned a great many of the best video games of all time (of which my favorites would have to be Zelda and Bubble Bobble). Nintendo also is notable for its rad background music, which is quintessentially 80's. Nintendo was by no means the first gaming system, but certainly the most influential. Also see Atari.