On September 23, 1889, an entrepreneur named Fusajiro Yamauchi started a small playing card company called Nintendo Koppai in Kyoto, Japan. As with any other business, Nintendo, as a whole, has seen its fair share of ups and downs through its 126 years of existence. Today it remains the single largest video game company in the world by revenue.
Through its first seventy couple years, Nintendo mass produced playing cards called Hanafuda. In 1963, Nintendo transitioned from the card business and began pursuing other opportunities — from a chain of love hotels to a taxi service to an instant rice food company. During the 1970s, Nintendo found its place in the video games industry, where it currently innovates and produces hardware and software products.
Fact: Love hotels are short-term hotels where couples can go to show their … affection for one another while in a discreet and private setting. The term originates from “Hotel Love” in Osaka, Japan. Love hotels still exist and operate today.
The past year for Nintendo has brought both good and bad news. The Super Mario series of video games celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this month. The three-decade milestone also delivered to fans Super Mario Maker, a game application on Wii U that lets players design and share their own courses; we had some good things to say about it in our recent review.
Nintendo’s fourth president, Satoru Iwata, sadly passed away in July due to a losing fight with bile duct cancer — which we first heard about in June 2014. In 2006, Iwata said, “Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone.” Iwata’s legacy and memories continue to live on through Nintendo News.
Nintendo recently appointed Tatsumi Kimishima as its fifth president. Kimishima will serve the company for a one-year term while Nintendo finds a permanent representative. Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto currently serve as the company’s Technology Fellow and Creative Fellow, respectively.
We thank Nintendo for everything they have done, and continue to do, for fans, consumers, and investors. We’re optimistic the right leadership will lead Nintendo to another 100 years of success, and more.
From the team at Nintendo News, happy 126th birthday, Nintendo.
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