Nintendo is all about the games. ALL of them.
Nintendo has been in business for well over 100 years. Before the advent of video games, the Big N made most of their money by creating and selling a variety of toys and games throughout Japan.
With the recent news of Nintendo gearing up to release a new high quality Mahjong set in their home country, some gamers out there might have seen this as a sign that Nintendo is kind of going back to their roots. While the release of a new table top game is definitely not common place, Nintendo has continually sold more traditional products even after getting into the video game industry. Some products that the company sells are things known to fans, while others are products some of you out there may have never even heard of.
The purpose of this feature is not to teach you how to play all of these games, but rather give you insight what kind of products that Nintendo still sells to this day and, trust me, there are surprising number of these!
A big thanks to Yuzo Kurihara, Asako Izuka and Satoyuki Kawashima for help with some of the more difficult kanji readings and some of the in depth information about materials used to make the game boards!