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.


Very few people, however, are aware that Miyamoto originally wanted to be a cartoonist but abandoned manga comics because he felt that he wasn’t good enough to compete with some of the best illustrators in the field.

MiyamotoSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

Nintendo attempted to become LEGO’s greatest competition at some point by building its own brick system called N&B Blocks. Judging from the fact that not many people (if any at all) know or remember anything about this should tell you about its lack of commercial success.

Lego toolsSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

As of March 2016, all models of Nintendo DS combined have sold nearly 160 million units worldwide. This makes the DS the biggest-selling handheld console to date.

Nintendo DSSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

The company’s first venture into video games came when it secured the rights to distribute the Magnavox Odyssey console in Japan in 1974.

Magnavox OdysseySource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

Nintendo’s global revenue has surpassed an astonishing $5.5 billion according to Forbes.

ForbesSource: History of Nintendo, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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