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Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂株式会社, Kabushikigaisha Nintendo) is a multinational company founded in 1889. It was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi.

Sekiryo Yamauchi, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Satoru Iwata, Tatsumi Kimishima have since taken over as presidents of Nintendo throughout the company's life.

Formally a company on many ventures including playing cards, toys; Nintendo is well known as a developer and publisher of video games and is the producer of popular video game platforms of past and present such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U.

History[edit]

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Nintendo originally ventured in the playing card industry as a producer of Hanafuda playing cards.

In 1951, the name of the company was changed to Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd.[1]

From 1956-1974, Nintendo moved into various new ventures thanks to the influence of Hiroshi Yamauchi; the grandfather of Fusajiro Yamauchi. One of the most successful (if not the most successful) ventures during this time was Nintendo's contribution to the Japanese toy industry, with its toys such as the Ultra Hand and Love Tester.

From 1974-1978, Nintendo became players in Japanese electronic entertainment. Nintendo released their own Color TV-Game series of video game consoles, as well as video game arcade games such as EVR Race, and Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong marked the first appearance of Mario and was a big success after it was released.

In 1980, Gunpei Yokoi created the Game & Watch. The Game & Watch are a series of self-contained video games with a built in watch feature that Nintendo produced until 1991.

In 1983 (Japan), 1985/6/7 (outside of Japan); Nintendo released the Famicom, known outside of Japan as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It became highly popular with many loved titles such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Metroid.

The Nintendo Entertainment System helped alleviate the video game crash of 1983, with some believing that Nintendo's toy/peripheral R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) played a role in this, with GameSpy suggesting it was because of its marketing as a toy rather than as game hardware per se.[2]

In 1989, Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi created the Game Boy handheld video game system. The Game Boy became highly popular thanks to game software such as Pokémon Red, Green and Blue and Tetris.

The original Game Boy system was followed by the Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light (in Japan only), and the Game Boy Advance line (Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro), which found success.

In 1990, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) succeeded the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

In 1995/1996, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, but it did not relatively as many units as Nintendo's other past consoles and was considered as commercial failure.

Since the Game Boy line, Nintendo have continued to produce video game hardware with dedicated software such as the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS line, Nintendo 3DS line, Wii and Wii U.

Future[edit]

Nintendo plan on releasing a new dedicated gaming console known as the Nintendo Switch. After partnership with DeNA, Nintendo have worked on the development of Nintendo games for smart devices.

Nintendo had planned an upcoming non-wearable non-video game "Quality of Life" project.[3] However, on February 2016, Tatusmi Kimishimi, the current president and CEO of Nintendo suggests that the company is uncertain about the future of its Quality of Life project, and told investors that the product is "not currently at the level of a Nintendo product.[4]

Legacy[edit]

Nintendo is a highly loved company and a huge player in the dedicated video game industry along with Microsoft, Sony and formally Sega. Many of its video game characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Pokémon and Kirby are a huge part of popular culture.

Nintendo's game hardware platforms have come with a large number of official and unofficial peripherals such as the Game Link Cable, Rumble Pak.

This includes peripherals that were never released outside of Japan such as the Famicom Disk System, Nintendo 64DD (Nintendo 64 Disk Drive), and Mobile GB Adapter for the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance systems with discontinued support.

Sanrio related games for Nintendo systems[edit]

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Bad Badtz-Maru[edit]

The following video games feature Bad Badtz-Maru.

Game Boy[edit]

Cinnamoroll[edit]

The following video games feature Cinnamoroll.

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

Gudetama[edit]

The following video games feature Gudetama.

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Hello Kitty[edit]

The following video games feature Hello Kitty.

Famicom[edit]

Self-contained video games[edit]

Game Boy[edit]

Super Famicom[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

GameCube[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Wii[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Kerokerokeroppi[edit]

The following video games feature Kerokerokeroppi.

Game Boy[edit]

Famicom[edit]

Super Famicom[edit]

My Melody[edit]

The following video games feature My Melody.

Game Boy[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

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