History of Nintendo 2012
The word ‘Nintendo’ literally translates as ‘leave luck to heaven’. But to millions of people across the world, the name stands for a whole lot more. For over 100 years, Nintendo has become synonymous with pushing the boundaries of innovation and entertainment.
In the late 1800s Nintendo was founded as a small playing card company that successfully introduced ‘Hanafuda’ cards to Japan; and the company quickly grew as the demand for the cards increased. Almost a century later, in the 1980s, emerging computer technology enabled Nintendo to bring the concept of ‘play’ into a whole new era: video games.
Since then, Nintendo has continued to evolve new and better ways to play: from the introduction of immersive 3D graphics with the Nintendo 64 system to the ‘go-anywhere’ gaming offered by the hugely successful Game Boy and, more recently, Nintendo DS.
In 2006, Nintendo takes a further step into the future with the release of its latest home console system, Wii. Wii re-writes the video game rulebook with a motion-sensitive control system that removes the barrier between the player and the game – making complex controls a thing of the past.