Interesting cool random facts about Nintendo

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Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and software company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest video game company by revenue. What started out as a manufacturer of card games in 1889 (that’s right, 1889) is now one of the most influential video game companies with a market value of over $85 billion! Here we come up with a collection of interesting Nintendo facts for Nintendo fans and gamers. Let's check out find out more about Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo consoles, games, video game consoles, super Nintendo games.

Interesting cool random facts about Nintendo

#1

Nintendo 64 was a groundbreaking console, being the first to feature 3D graphics. It was also the last major console to use cartridges.

#2

It has previously been reported that the Game Boy was the main influence and inspiration for the BMO gadget in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series.

#3

The Game Boy console was the second handheld system released by Nintendo. The Game & Watch was released in 1980 but didn’t have any outstanding success.

#4

Shigeru Miyamoto, legendary videogame designer (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong), has had games on every Nintendo console; his earliest work appeared in arcade games in the late seventies. Time has called him the “Steven Spielberg of video games.”

#5

Very few people, however, are aware that Miyamoto originally wanted to be a cartoonist but abandoned manga comics because he felt that he wasn’t good enough to compete with some of the best illustrators in the field.

#6

Nintendo attempted to become LEGO greatest competition at some point by building its own brick system called N&B Blocks. Judging from the fact that not many people (if any at all) know or remember anything about this should tell you about its lack of commercial success.

#7

As of March 2016, all models of Nintendo DS combined have sold nearly 160 million units worldwide. This makes the DS the biggest-selling handheld console to date.

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#8

The company’s first venture into video games came when it secured the rights to distribute the Magnavox Odyssey console in Japan in 1974.

#9

Nintendo’s global revenue has surpassed an astonishing $5.5 billion according to Forbes.

#10

Miyamoto’s first NES game never came to the United States because of its demonic characters. Devil World was pretty much a Pac-Man clone and was banned because the protagonist killed demons with the power of the crucifix and the Bible.

#11

Nintendogs were inspired by a Shetland sheepdog named Pikku. For the record, Pikku belonged to who else? Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s famous game designer.

#12

Nintendo had the same president for more than fifty-five years, longer than any other videogame company in history. The late Hiroshi Yamauchi was president and chairman of Nintendo from 1949 until 2005, during which time he became one of the richest men in Japan with a net worth of $2.7 billion.

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Nintendo funny pictures

#13

The most popular symbol of video gaming that pretty much every major video game company uses nowadays, the “cross” D-pad, was created in 1982 for Nintendo’s Donkey Kong.

#14

During the early sixties one of Nintendo’s many ambitious attempts to make it big included a “Love Hotel,” where adults could rent rooms by the hour and you know . . . have some fun before gaming was cool.

#15

Also during the same decade, Nintendo tried to import the classic Western game Twister to Japan but the whole project failed miserably.

#16

In 2007 a radio station in Sacramento launched a contest with the catchy title “Hold Your Pee for a Wii.” The contest required listeners to drink as much water as possible without using the bathroom. The whole thing ended tragically when twenty-eight-year-old Jennifer Strange died of water intoxication.

#17

Nintendo almost released an accessory and game that would have allowed players to create their own knitting patterns. However, during market research, all seven of the beta test volunteers died of old age and the project was eventually canceled. 

Nintendo funny pictures

Nintendo funny pictures

#18

The Seattle Mariners are owned by Nintendo of America, represented by CEO Howard Lincoln. Yep, Nintendo is the only videogame company that owns an MLB team.

#19

Donkey Kong, Mario, and Princess Peach were inspired by characters from the cartoon Popeye. Nintendo created them after they failed to obtain a license to make a Popeye video game.

#20

Mario, arguably the most famous mustachioed plumber in video game history, was named after Nintendo’s warehouse landlord and Seattle real estate developer Mario Segale.

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