Facts We Couldn’t Believe About Game

Nintendo, which means “Leave Luck to Heaven”, is a 126 years old company from Japan that has captured our hearts and imaginations for years, and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Check out these awesome Nintendo facts, and share your favorite trivia in the comments below.

 

Nintendo History

Did you know the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) only came out 30 years ago? If the company is over a century old, what were they up to in their earlier years? Initially, Nintendo was known as a playing card company that produced various card decks when a playing card ban was lifted in Japan. They even became involved in board games, toys, a taxi service, and hotels for adult couples. Yeah, it’s safe to say they have a colorful past.

 

Color TV-Game

The Nintendo Family Computer was not the first console from the company. With Mitsubishi Electronics, Nintendo produced a series of game consoles called the Color TV-Game. The consoles didn’t have interchangeable cartridges, but they offered a variety of games from Pong to racing.

 

A bit later, Nintedo released the Game & Watch series of portable devices. Are you familiar with Mr. Game & Watch from Super Smash Bros? Now you get the reference.

 

Luigi

The original Mario Brothers game introduced our favorite gaming sidekick, Luigi. In the game, he’s basically just a green and white version of Mario – not the tall and lean character we’re familiar with today. Luigi’s outfit is green because shell creepers (more commonly known now as koopas) were also green, and it saved memory space.

 

Nintendo Cereal System

Ever dreamed about a Nintendo cereal? Well, the Nintendo Cereal System showcased Super Mario Bros and Zelda-themed cereals. Each box contained two bags of cereal (one for each game), and was produced by Ralston. You might know the company from their other products, though – such as Purina Dog Chow and Tidy Cats cat litter. Hope you didn’t lose your appetite…

 

Seattle Mariners

Nintendo of America is located in Seattle, Washington – so it makes complete sense that Nintendo would purchase the Seattle Mariners baseball team. President Hiroshi Yamauchi was the one who purchased the team, but unfortunately wasn’t able to see them play before his untimely death in 2013.

 

Nintendo in Space

When Soviet cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov traveled into space, he had a Nintendo Gameboy at his side. His game of choice? Tetris, of course.