Nintendo Corporation Limited is a Japanese MNC, which has its headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. In terms of sales, “Nintendo” is one of the largest video game companies in the world. I’m sure you’ve played them. So without wasting your time, I’ll list some interesting facts about Nintendo.
18 Interesting Nintendo Facts You’ll Love Knowing
1. Initially Nintendo Was A Card-Making Company
Nintendo Corporation Limited was founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi and was a card company at that time. It was engaged in the production of Japanese playing cards called “Hanafuda”. It was only in 1978 that they made their first video game.
2. About 30 Years Ago, Nintendo Were Creating Games With 5 To 6 People
In the past, Nintendo only needed 5 or 6 people to make a game, but today’s game requirements are different. Today, you need about 50 to 60 or more developers to make a game.
3. Nintendo Was Lucky To Hire Its First Staff Member – Shigeru Miyamoto
The year 1977 was a stroke of luck for Nintendo as it hired its first employee, Shigeru Miyamoto. He was 24 years old at the time and eventually became the creator of Mario, Wii, Zelda and Donkey Kong.
4. There Is A Meaning For The Word “Nintendo”
In Japanese, the word “Nintendo” literally means “Leave Luck To Heaven”.
5. As A Kid, Shigeru Miyamoto Used To Idolize Walt Disney
At that time the figure of Walt Disney was very popular. Even as a child, Shigeru idolized Walt Disney. This shows how much he was inspired by cartoon characters. Out of this passion, he created Mario in 1990, which received more attention than Mickey Mouse himself.
6. The Top 3 Franchises Of Nintendo Made History In The World Of Video Games
The top 3 franchises of Nintendo – Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda – have sold about 534 million games all together. Individually, Mario alone has sold 240 million, while Pokemon has sold 200 million and Zelda 94 million.
7. Failure Is The Way To Success & Even Nintendo Faced It
Although it launched and sold new games prolifically, they too had to accept failures. Nintendo failed in its 3D gaming experiment called Virtua Boy.
8. During The Year 2008, Nintendo Gave About $1.28 Million To Each Employee
Yes, this is true. Nintendo gave $1.28 million to each of its employees. Well, it was all the employees’ efforts that led them to victory. Without a doubt, their employees deserved it.
9. Do You Know How Big Nintendo Is?
If you just think that Nintendo is a mediocre company, then you are seriously wrong. It’s bigger than Nike, Sony, Yahoo, Panasonic, and Lowe’s.
10. Nintendo Sold 2.5 Systems Every Second In 2009
The influence of their games was so great that they sold 2.5 consoles per second in 2009. Just imagine the revenue!
11. Nintendo & Nokia Wanted To Launch A Phone Together
In 2000, Nokia and Nintendo wanted to develop and launch a phone together, but this never happened. Hopefully, we’ll see that happen in the years to come.
12. Nintendo Owns The Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are an experienced baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Nintendo bought this team in 1989 for 76 million dollars.
13. If The Sold Games Of Nintendo Were Ever To Be Stacked Up, It Would Be Higher Than Mt. Everest
Nintendo has sold so many games to date that if they ever stacked, it would be 6000 miles higher than Mt. Everest
14. Nintendo Makes Its Games Insanely Hard For A Player To Beat
To make the games last longer, Nintendo makes their games hard to beat. That’s why even today, players still have trouble crossing some levels. In recognition of this, players call insanely difficult levels “Nintendo Hard”.
15. Some of Nintendo’s Porn Games Are Valued At $1000 Per Piece
Without the permission of Nintendo, some porn games were released. These include Hot Slots, Peek-a-boo Poker, and Bubble Bath Babes. You won’t be surprised to read this, but these rare games are now worth $1000 each.
16. Nintendo Invented D-Pad
The D-pad button you see on the controller of every game console is so convenient for gaming, isn’t it? Have you ever wondered who the people behind such innovation are? None other than Nintendo. But in particular, you have to thank a man called Gunpei Yokoi because he originally designed it for the Donkey Kong game in 1982. That design even won the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award.
17. The US Households Own More Nintendo Than Cats
The percentage of households that own cats is only 33%, while Nintendo’s share is 38%.
Nintendo Wii holds a market share of 48.7%, while Playstation-3 and XBOX 360 are at 24% and 27.3% respectively. That was in the course of 2010 and in the meantime it must surely have increased.