Did you know that's been 125 years since Nintendo was first founded on September 23rd 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards called Hanafuda translates as "flower cards". The handmade cards soon became popular, and Yamauchi hired assistants to mass-produce cards to satisfy demand. Nintendo now continues to manufacture playing cards in Japan and organizes its own contract bridge tournament called the Nintendo Cup. That is something I didn't know at first and guessing that its the first time you've heard about this too on Hanafuda.
By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as cab services and love hotels, in 1980 they launched their first handheld console called the Game & Watch.But in In 1979, Gunpei Yokoi was traveling on the Shinkansen, saw a bored businessman playing with an LCD calculator by pressing the buttons. Yokoi then thought of an idea for a watch that doubled as a miniature game machine for killing time. Different models were manufactured, with some having two screens and a clam-shell design (the Multi Screen Series) this was later used for other Nintendo handhelds like the Game Boy Advance SP, Nintendo DS and the 3DS. By 1983 Nintendo launched the Famicom as a game console in Japan, alongside ports of its most popular arcade titles. In 1985, a cosmetically reworked version of the system known outside of Japan as the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, launched in North America and later for the rest of the world. The system came with one game bundled with the console which was Super Mario Bros making it one of the best-selling video games in history. It even considered to have aided in resurrecting the crashed American video game market which happened in 1983.
And since then Nintendo has released many other consoles including the Game Boy which was released in 1989. Eventually becoming the best-selling handheld of all time, the Game Boy remained dominant for more than a decade, seeing critically and commercially popular games such as Tetris, Pokémon and Super Mario Land. The Nintendo 64 released one of the greatest games of all time and winning multiple scores and praises from both fans and gamers; Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time changed the way 3D adventure games are supposed to be made. Super Smash Brothers series had a variety of Nintendo characters fighting in one game and also Mario Kart franchise made multiplayer more fun with friends and family.
In 2006 the Nintendo Wii was released worldwide nearly every family and person had one on their homes which was perfect for parties and having friends around when it came to games like Wii Sports. Some of the best games can only be played on the Wii like Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade Chronicles and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. As of March 31, 2014, Nintendo reports sales of 101.06 million Wii hardware units and 895.22 million Wii software units worldwide, making it Nintendo's best-selling home video game console. The Nintendo 3DS is still selling strong since it's launch and will likely be boosting its sales again by the end of the year thanks to both Super Smash Bros, Persona Q and Pokémon Omega/Alpha.
The Wii U had a bumpy start on its sales and trying to keep up with the likes of the Sony and Microsoft but already the sales on the Wii U are slowly picking up with positive reviews and strong sales from games like Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD and Mario Kart 8 which have boosted sales for the console and its games.
When it comes to favourite memories from Nintendo, my favourite memories have all come from my Nintendo DS; when I used to be in college ended up playing on my DS most of my time during my breaks and at home playing some classics which I still play today like Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Final Fantasy IV, Professor Layton series, and Ghost Trick.
But my overall favourite game was The World Ends With You which was released on the Nintendo DS, this really made great use of using both the top screen and bottom screen during gameplay using pins as skills for both Attack and Magic for the bottom screen and the top screen was more of using the directional pad to perform move attacks. Nomura did create the Kingdom Hearts series and most of the characters in the Final Fantasy series, he created a bunch of characters in The World Ends With You where players had to defeat certain noises and enemies in order to move forward and not getting erased within 7 Days think of Battle Royale but set in the modern day world in Japan. Another why this game was that good was the stunning Manga/Anime visuals and of the Soundtrack yet alone is worth the purchase on its own.
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