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Nintendo Is 120 Years Old Today!

by Pedro Hernandez - September 23, 2009, 7:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 15

In the 1950s, Nintendo decided to venture into other venues. They created a chain of love hotels, established a cab company, owned a TV network, and ran a food company. These ventures failed and Nintendo lost money, with sales of the cards also slowing.

In the 70s, Nintendo entered the electronic era, a product focus that continued to this day. In 1975 they entered the arcade scene with EVR Race, and in 1977 they released their first videogame console named the "Color TV Game". Years later, the release of Donkey Kong, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, would be their biggest arcade hit.

In 1980, Nintendo released their first game handheld called the Game and Watch. Created by Gunpei Yokoi, the Game and Watch series featured games such as Octopus, Oil Panic, and many more. The Game and Watch series evolved into the Game Boy product line, one that continued until the release of the Game Boy Advance in 2001. The Nintendo DS followed in 2004.

In 1983, the company followed up their first console venture with the release of the Family Computer, popularly known as the Famicom. The Famicom would become known around the world as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was released in North America in 1985, with its launch considered a fool's errand following the spectacular crash of the Atari 2600 era of home consoles. The system's success resulted in more consoles to follow including the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and most recently the Wii.

Happy birthday Nintendo! You don't look a day over 100.

Talkback

D_AverageSeptember 23, 2009

Hmmm, what shall I give them?  I guess I'l just keep it simple and give them money.

CalibanSeptember 23, 2009

Hahaha good one D_Average. I will give them some of my money too so long as they keep entertaining me with fun.

Mop it upSeptember 23, 2009

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120 years of smiles!

Best product Nintendo ever created? The ultra hand:

http://www.thegameheroes.com/Blogs/Nintendo/Ultra%20Hand.jpg

I miss Gunpei Yokoi, one of the best designers ever.

I had never heard of that Color TV Game until a few months back, I don't think it is common knowledge that Nintendo produced that. I used to think that the Game & Watch was their first line of games.

Nice catch, Pedro. :-)

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterSeptember 23, 2009

Actually, Flames_of_chaos was the one that noticed it. I just wrote it.

AVSeptember 26, 2009

i did a quick video about this :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMWFKXdE69M

8)

Ironically I will be receiving a gift from club nintendo. The zelda posters.

BlackNMild2k1September 26, 2009

Quote from: NWR_pap64

Actually, Flames_of_chaos was the one that noticed it. I just wrote it.

nudge nudge

Quote from: Maxi

Well I was looking around the net today and I found out that today is Nintendo's Birthday. September 23rd.

They have been in existance for 120 years.

I believe Maxi was the one that noticed & mentioned it first.

EasyCureSeptember 26, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Quote from: NWR_pap64

Actually, Flames_of_chaos was the one that noticed it. I just wrote it.

nudge nudge

Quote from: Maxi

Well I was looking around the net today and I found out that today is Nintendo's Birthday. September 23rd.

They have been in existance for 120 years.

I believe Maxi was the one that noticed & mentioned it first.

I thought this thread looked a little different than the birthday thread! No wonder, thanks for clearing that up BnM!!

BlackNMild2k1September 26, 2009

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=26141.msg551850#msg551850
I should probably go back and edit it to also mention blog post....

BeautifulShySeptember 27, 2009

So did anyone do anything to comemorate the 120th birthday?

I played Brawl since all of fighters are part of Nintendo's history.

Mop it upSeptember 27, 2009

Quote from: Maxi

I played Brawl since all of fighters are part of Nintendo's history.

Um... Sonic isn't. :P

BeautifulShySeptember 27, 2009

Technicalities...

BlackNMild2k1September 28, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Quote from: Maxi

I played Brawl since all of fighters are part of Nintendo's history.

Um... Sonic isn't. :P

You are not a classic Nintendo fan if you don't know about the rocky history between Mario & Sonic.

So Sonic is part of Nintendo's History.

EasyCureSeptember 28, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Quote from: Maxi

I played Brawl since all of fighters are part of Nintendo's history.

Um... Sonic isn't. :P

You are not a classic Nintendo fan if you don't know about the rocky history between Mario & Sonic.

So Sonic is part of Nintendo's History.

And finally having the ability to let Mario and Sonic duke it out MADE history. So there.

Mop it upSeptember 28, 2009

Well, I suppose the rivalry with Sega was a pretty important part of gaming history, as I don't think Nintendo would be the same without that fierce competition.

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