One of the most (if not THE most) iconic video game companies ever, Nintendo was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Back then, it produced handmade hanafuda cards (playing cards), and meandered through existence trying a number of different business ventures. When the company finally decided to give video games a try, it turned out to be the best move they ever made.
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, Nintendo is the world’s largest video game company, Japan’s third most valuable company, worth over $85 billion. By the end of 2013, Nintendo has sold almost 700 million hardware units and well over 4 billion software units. Staggering to say the least.
The company name ‘Nintendo’ is roughly translated to mean ‘leave luck to heaven’. While revenues have been dropping in recent years, the leadership including Satoru Iwata (President), Shigeru Miyamoto (General Manager), Reggie Fils-Aime (Nintendo of America President), and Satoru Shibata (Nintendo of Europe President), are still working hard to mold and shape the video game industry in ways never imagined. From the original NES system, through the SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, and all of the other systems and handheld gaming systems through the years… one can’t help but wonder what Nintendo is going to produce in the months and years ahead.