Nintendo is a Japanese entertainment company founded in 1889 and headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. The company began as a manufacturer of playing cards, but got into the electronic gaming industry in the 1970s. They are now one of the largest video game companies in the world. Over the years, Nintendo has created arcade cabinets, dedicated home video game systems, video game consoles, hand held gaming devices, hundreds of games, dozens of video game peripherals, magazines, comic books, television shows, and even breakfast cereals.
I became aware of Nintendo in the mid-1980s with the American release of the Nintendo Entertainment System. I first saw it played at my baby-sitter's house who owned an NES with Super Mario Bros., Popeye, and a couple other games. I remember being amazed by it, but our baby-sitters (whom I hated) wouldn't let us play with it. A short while later, my brother and I bought an NES with our combined paper route money. We both bought and rented various games over the years. Nintendo fever was in full force at this time, and the majority of my friends had an NES and plenty of games. I was severely engrossed in video gaming, and it's mostly due to Nintendo. Around 1992, I got a Super Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas and played many games. After the Nintendo 64 came out, I was becoming less interested in dedicated video game consoles, and I haven't bought a new system since.
I've read a couple books about the history of Nintendo, and I've become a bit disenfranchised with them. Despite their fun and playful public face they've actually been a very ruthless company that relied on anti-competitive tactics and shady business deals to become as popular as they were.
As far as games go, Nintendo is my favorite video game developer, having created more of my favorite games and franchises than any other company. Here are some of the games Nintendo created that are important to me.
- Super Mario Land
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Metroid II: Return of Samus
Game Boy Advance
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
Note: Several of these publications were made by other companies on behalf of Nintendo.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Manga)
- Nintendo Comics System
- Nintendo Power
- The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Super NES Player's Guide
- Wanpakku Comics
Note: Several of these films were made by other companies on behalf of Nintendo.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
- Captain N: The Game Master
- The Legend of Zelda (TV Show)
- Super Mario Bros. (Film)
- The Super Mario Super Show
- Super Mario World (TV Show)
These are people who are employed by (or were employed by) Nintendo whose work I appreciate.
- Hirokazu Tanaka
- Kazuaki Morita
- Koji Kondo
- Shigeru Miyamoto
- Soyo Oka
- Takashi Tezuka
- Toshihiko Nakago
- Yukio Kaneoka
Nintendo has many earlier logos, but these are the ones that I'm familiar with.