History of Nintendo (Part 1)

History of Nintendo (Part 1)

Nintendo, the most famous video game company to this date, producing great game after great game, with each new installment in a series being praised by critics and fans alike. Some of their games have been regarded as some of the best of all time. But how did Nintendo reach the status that they reside in now? Well, it all started 128 years ago.

Nintendo, believe it or not has been around for over 100 years. You might say “But video games didn’t exist 100 years ago.” Well, yes, because Nintendo didn’t start out as a video game developer, it started in Kyoto, Japan in 1889 as a hanafuda card company (look it up) by Fusajiro Yamauchi. After Yamauchi passed away, his son Hiroshi took control of the company. While their cards were extremely popular, Hiroshi thought to expand the company, making a taxi service, a hotel chain, instant noodles, even vacuums for some reason, and toys. These ventures failed, except for toy making.

As the card industry decreased in popularity, Nintendo shifted their focus to toys, although that didn’t go too well, until they started working on electronic toys, beginning with the ultra hand. These toys boomed in popularity, bringing Nintendo great success, but then Nintendo noticed the blooming popularity of video games at the time. They decided to dip their toes into the market, after  first distrubuting the Magnavox Odyssey, Nintendo decided to make their own games for arcades, the first of which was called EVR Race, followed shortly by a little game by the name of Donkey Kong.

I don’t want to make this too long, so I’m splitting it into two parts, I will be making the next part shortly (or you can read it now if you’re in the future) I hope you decide to read it.

13 thoughts on “History of Nintendo (Part 1)

  1. Yes, Nintendo has amazing games, like Hotel Mario, Legend of Zelda Spirt Tracks, the same Pokémon game a trillion time. I couldn’t agree more! (Joke)

    • Spirit Tracks wasn’t all that bad, now if we’re talking Zelda CDI, then yeah, it’s terrible.

      • I disagree with Keean, Pokemon games are pretty similar but add new Pokemon every time, and a new region to explore and unfortunately forgettable characters. Also I’ve never even heard of Hotel Mario.

        • Yes, Pokémon does change quite a bit from game to game, but I find that not all characters are forgettable, N and Ghetsis from Black & White were very memorable.

  2. Your encyclopedic knowledge of this stuff continues to amaze me. It’s like … go ahead and write your graduate thesis now. You’re all set already.

    Side note: I don’t know what an ultra hand is, but obviously I need one.

  3. Thank you for the history lesson!!! I had no idea it had been around that long!!! Great post!!!

  4. Those games that the Phillips company made like Zelda, Nintendo said that they’re not part of the actual franchises. Also, Hotel Mario was DEFINITELY horrible? Mario closing doors = bad game

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