Company Type: Corporation
Industry: Video Games
Year Founded: 9/23/1889
Founder: Fusajiro Yamauchi
Headquarters: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Parent Company: None
Subsidiaries: 1-UP Studio, Nintendo Network Service Database, Monolith Soft, Nd Cube, Nintendo Technology Development, Nintendo Software Technology, Retro Studios, Nintendo European Research & Development, iQue
Company History & Bio
Nintendo was founded in 1889 in Kyoto Japan. Having published hundreds of games for many systems, see some of them below.
Nintendo Entertainment System
Introduced in 1985, the NES was an instant hit. Over the course of the next two years, it almost single-handedly revitalized the video game industry. Selling over 60 million units, people brought games like Mario and Zelda into their homes for the first time on the NES.
The screen was four-colors-of-gray but the device defined portable gaming and was enormous fun. Game Boy, which came out in 1989, was closely associated with the classic game Tetris when it debuted. Game Boy is the most successful video game system ever released. Since its introduction in 1989, Game Boy has sold well over 150 million systems worldwide. Originally bundled with the game, Tetris, this little handheld became an instant phenomenon.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The SNES was released in 1991 and featured 16-bit technology. More processing power meant more entertaining games which helped the SNES sell more than 49 million systems worldwide.
The N64 set new standards in realistic 3D gaming when it came out in 1996. Super Mario 64 was the system’s showcase game and thrilled millions with its amazing graphics and gameplay.
Game Boy Pocket
The same year the N64 came out, the Game Boy Pocket found its way into gamers’ school backpacks all over the world. It was smaller than the original Game Boy and came in a variety of colors.
Game Boy Advance
Featuring a larger screen and better graphics than previous versions of the Game Boy, the GBA would go on to sell tens of millions of units worldwide after its North American debut in 2001.
2001 also saw the release of the Nintendo GameCube which one-upped the graphics and gameplay of the N64. It was the first Nintendo system to use optical discs instead of cartridges for its games.
List of Video Games by Nintendo