The Complete History of Nintendo

Posted on September 16, 2008 

The Complete History of Nintendo

119 years have culminated in that little white box that sits beneath your TV. No bigger than a DVD case, the Wii is essentially the same machine – albeit slightly prettier and technically more robust – that Nintendo would release back in 1985.

Don’t believe us? Well we’re about to take you on a whistle-stop tour through the ins and outs, highs and lows, the laughter and tears of videogames’ most prolific forefather.

1889 – A card game business specialising in stylish Hanafuda (flora) cards is set up by Fusajiro Yamauchi under the name of Nintendo Koppai. The business struggles until the yakuza decide to adopt the cards for their high-stakes gambling. The yakuza would demand a new pack at the start of every game and would look to Yamauchi to supply them.

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