25 Addicting Facts About Nintendo Every Gamer Should Know

Nintendo is the world’s largest video game company by revenue. What started out as a manufacturer of card games in 1889 (that’s right, 1889) is now one of the most influential video game companies with a market value of over $85 billion! As an example of their cultural impact, a few days ago Nintendo announced its collaboration with Vans (famous clothing and shoe company) to launch a series of Nintendo-themed sneakers. And even though, for the moment, Vans has declined to provide any details as to the looks or the collaboration itself, there are pictures of the new shoes online, which means the buzz may have some validity.

Nintendo fans, however know very well this is not the first time the legendary video game company has tested the waters of a different business product. Throughout its history the company has experimented with card games, cab services, and even love hotels! None were all that successful. If you want to know more about your favorite video game company’s history, such as how Mario got his name or what the Nintendo Hotels were all about, check out these 25 Addicting Facts About Nintendo Every Gamer Should Know. You won’t regret it.

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When Nintendo was founded in 1889 one of its original and most popular products were playing cards. For this reason, they still sell them today in limited editions.

Nintendo cardsSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia
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Nintendo 64 was a groundbreaking console, being the first to feature 3D graphics. It was also the last major console to use cartridges.

Nintendo 64Source: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

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It has previously been reported that the Game Boy was the main influence and inspiration for the BMO gadget in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series.

Carton Network StudiosSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia
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The Game Boy console was the second handheld system released by Nintendo. The Game & Watch was released in 1980 but didn’t have any outstanding success.

Game BoySource: History of Nintendo, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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Shigeru Miyamoto, legendary videogame designer (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong), has had games on every Nintendo console; his earliest work appeared in arcade games in the late seventies. Time has called him the “Steven Spielberg of video games.”

Source: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia Source: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia


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