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Chris Hu said:

That being said the crash of 83 really only affected North America in Japan console sales really weren't affected by it. The NES actually launched there on July 15 1983. In Europe the majority of gamers played their games on PC's instead of consoles and the crash didn't affect PC gaming in Europe.

Good point. Who knows what would have happened if PC games filled that vacuum instead of Nintendo. Though I'd argue that without Nintendo, Japanese games and developers (maybe even anime?) wouldn't have been as popular or successful in the 80s or 90s in the west. 

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