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It's the tenth anniversary of PlayStation 2 classic Shadow of the Colossus' launch today – but it's the Nintendo Entertainment System's big 30th birthday as well. Acknowledging the event, Sony posted a brief message on Twitter to celebrate the North American release of the House of Mario's iconic grey slab. "Dear NES," the organisation started, "Happy 30th, and thanks for paving the way."

While it never hit anywhere near as hard here in Europe, the NES single-handedly saved the US market from the great video game crash which occurred in 1983. It went on to sell about 60 million units worldwide, and gave birth to iconic series such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and many more. Popular PlayStation properties that debuted on the device included Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

Happy birthday, NES!