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Nintendo is a Japanese company founded on September 23, 1889, by Fusajirō Yamauchi to produce hanafuda cards for the Japanese game of the same name. Within a few decades, the company tackled the console game market and became one of the giants in the field. 1)

Donkey Kong

Jumping was invented for the game Donkey Kong, as it was the primary skill of the game's playable character Jumpman, who is now known as Mario. This was a huge accomplishment in 1981. 2)

NES Zapper

Almost anyone who had a Nintendo Entertainment System enjoyed Duck Hunt, which included the Zapper, a lite-gun gadget. While everybody remembers the Zapper's signature red and grey color scheme, the original version was much more realistic, resembling a revolver. 3)

Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto, the developer of the original Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda (along with a slew of other classics), is now considered gaming royalty, but he didn't start with any of those titles. In reality, his first game, Devil World, was never published in the United States! Nintendo of America used to have some fairly stringent rules about game material, particularly when it came to religious imagery. 4)


If Nintendo had stuck with the character's original name, Tinkle Popo, Kirby, the pink puffball, would have done worse in America and wouldn't appeal as much to the Western audience. 5)

nintendo.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/10 04:08 by aga