On Nintendo’s official site, you will find a full history of the Nintendo company, from its roots as a card trading company, to todays console maker, here is a small quote from the source:
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in Europe.
History of Nintendo Worldwide 1889-1979
Fusajiro Yamauchi began manufacturing “Hanafuda” (flower) Japanese playing cards in Kyoto.
Mr. Yamauchi started manufacturing the first western-style playing cards in Japan. These were originally intended for export, but the product became popular in Japan as well as the rest of the world.
The company was established as an unlimited partnership, Yamauchi Nintendo & Co.
Mr. Yamauchi began a distribution company, Marufuku Co. Ltd.
Hiroshi Yamauchi took office as President and headed the manufacturing operation of Yamauchi Nintendo & Co.
To read the full history, check the source:
On another note, once i have time, i will cover the extensive history of Nintendo Retro consoles and all Retro Consoles on my Retro History website, it isnt a big deal now, i have only started the Sega Saturn section, but if you wish to visit, you can check it here:
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