Some of the highlights for this era were the NES aka Nintendo Entertainment System (1983) SG-1000 aka Saga Game 1000 (1984) Master System (1986) and the Atari 7800 (1984) GAMES: Donkey Kong (1981) Duckhunt (1984) Q-bert (1982)
This era introduced new factor to games design which was the invention of a scrolling background which allowed games to become longer and flow a lot better. Also during this era, sprites became more defined and began to take better form then ever before. We saw hit titles such as Donkey Kong, Metroid and Megaman 2. Later on during the 80’s we saw consoles entering the fourth gen which introduced 16-bit consoles which effected graphics dramatically as it allowed additional colours to be added to create more depth. I also believe that during the 80’s we began to see better intros, outros and title screens due to the graphical enhancement. Overall, the 80’s produced some aesthetically pleasing games such as California Games (1987) and Manic Mansion (1987); and with technology changing we began to experiment more with titles such as Dragon’s Lair (1983).
While doing my research I stumbled upon this really nice video which shows you briefly some games during the 80’s and their consoles.
Later on during the 80’s we saw consoles entering the fourth gen which introduced 16-bit consoles which effected graphics dramatically as it allowed additional colours to be added to create more depth. Looking at the comparison to the NES and the SNES graphics, you can see the advantages of having additional colour added as it gives the character more depth and just generally makes the game look miles better. This sonic game was the first installment of the sonic series and looks amazing with its scrolling backgrounds and better visuals.