What is Nintendo?

What is Nintendo?
  • Nintendo Co. Ltd. is a Japanese multinational company and also the world's largest video game company by revenue.
  • It was founded on 23 September 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi as a card company producing handmade cards for the game Hanafuda.
  • The company has had only five presidents in over 100 years of operations; a replacement is being searched for, after its fifth president's sudden death.

Nintendo's early ventures

Nintendo's early ventures
  • When Hiroshi Yamauchi took over the company from his grandfather Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1956, he started experimenting with new ventures apart from their traditional card playing games.
  • During 1963-1968, Nintendo started a taxi company called Daiya, a love hotel chain, a food company selling instant rice and a TV network.
  • All these ventures eventually failed and Nintendo shifted its focus to the gaming industry.

Super Mario Bros. is launched

Super Mario Bros. is launched
  • After several average video game attempts, Nintendo launched the platform video game Super Mario Bros in 1985 in Japan and in 1987 in North America, Europe and Australia.
  • It went on to become one of the best-selling video games in history.
  • The game sold over 40 million units in three decades and IGN's 2005 poll named it "The Greatest Game of all Time".

Nintendo's worst-selling console!


Virtual Boy which was launched in 1995 is considered as Nintendo's worst-selling gaming consoles of all time. Only 770,000 units were sold due to the high price of $180 and an average red monochrome system.

Major controversies caused by Nintendo games

Major controversies caused by Nintendo games
  • Nintendo's Mario Party 8 was recalled from UK because one of the quotes in the game used the word 'spastic' which is considered as highly offensive.
  • Mario Party1's mini-games required users to rotate the stick due to which many people injured their hands.
  • A lawsuit was filed against Nintendo and they had to pay $ 80 million to the people who hurt themselves.

Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata dies at 55

13 Jul 2015
Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata
  • Japanese video game making company - Nintendo's President, Satoru Iwata died on 11 July battling cancer.
  • Iwata was considered to be a revolutionary figure in the Japanese gaming scene and had a big hand in the company's highly successful Wii and Nintendo DS consoles.
  • As the news of his death came, fans started mourning and his name was trending within minutes on Twitter.

Nintendo signals end for Wii U

23 Jan 2017
Nintendo signals end for Wii U
  • Nintendo stated that it will discontinue its Wii U platform that it had released in 2012.
  • Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the last game for the console would be Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • He said the game will be launched on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch simultaneously.
  • However, the company will continue to provide online services for Wii U users.