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Nintendo Turns 130 Years Old Today; Here’s An Overview & Milestones of the Company

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On September 23, 1889, Nintendo was founded. Fusajiro Yamauchi founded the company of Kyoto house to make cards: the Hanafuda cards, which supported the company as the main business until 1956. In 1902 they added Western cards to their catalog.

Of course, before that time he changed the name of the company to Nintendo Playing Card Co. in 1951, consolidated its factories and distribution of cards in the country, and changed its headquarters by initiating a renewal process: in 1959 the production was automated, they signed agreements to manufacture letters with Disney characters and in 1961 they opened headquarters in Tokyo.

The company begins to be publicly traded in 1962 and in 1963 they simplified its name to Nintendo Co., which remains its official name. In 1973 they developed a laser shooting game for attractions, which is the company’s first firm step towards the world of video games.

In 1977 it launched its first home video game machines: TV Game 15 and TV Game 6, which had several games in its memory and in 1978 they started to develop and sell recreational games.

In 1980 the Game & Watch arrived and founded its subsidiary in the US, but perhaps the most important milestone of these years is the launch of the recreational Donkey Kong in 1981.

In 1983 they launched the Family Computer System, or Famicom, which became the NES in the rest of the world. In 1985 came super Mario Bros.

From here, the consoles were established as the main business of the company: in 1989 Game Boy debuts, in 1990 Super Famicom (which became the Super Nintendo in the rest of the world), in 1996 they launched Nintendo 64 and in 2001 Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube arrived.

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Hiroshi Yamauchi yielded the witness in 2002 and Satoru Iwata became its new president: the first who was not of the founding family. Under his mandate came Nintendo DS (2004), Wii (2006), Nintendo DSi (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2012) and New Nintendo 3DS (2014).

After the death of Iwata, in 2015 Tatsumi Kimishima assumed the presidency. In 2016, Miitomo, the company’s first mobile application, was published and in 2017 Nintendo Switch released worldwide.

In 2018, Shuntaru Furukawa became the president of Nintendo and Nintendo Switch Online was launched, the subscription service of the company’s current console. Only a few days ago, on September 20, Nintendo Switch Lite arrived.

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