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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Miyamoto’s first NES game never came to the United States because of its demonic characters. Devil World was pretty much a Pac-Man clone and was banned because the protagonist killed demons with the power of the crucifix and the Bible.

Devil WorldSource: History of Nintendo, Image: YouTube
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Nintendogs were inspired by a Shetland sheepdog named Pikku. For the record, Pikku belonged to who else? Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s famous game designer.

NintendogsSource: History of Nintendo, Image: YouTube
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Nintendo had the same president for more than fifty-five years, longer than any other videogame company in history. The late Hiroshi Yamauchi was president and chairman of Nintendo from 1949 until 2005, during which time he became one of the richest men in Japan with a net worth of $2.7 billion.

Hiroshi YamauchiSource: History of Nintendo, Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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The most popular symbol of video gaming that pretty much every major videogame company uses nowadays, the “cross” D-pad, was created in 1982 for Nintendo’s Donkey Kong.

Source: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia Source: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia
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During the early sixties one of Nintendo’s many ambitious attempts to make it big included a “Love Hotel,” where adults could rent rooms by the hour and you know . . . have some fun before gaming was cool.

Nintendo buildingSource: History of Nintendo, Image: Wikipedia

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