133 years ago one of the most important video game companies in history was born with legendary titles behind it, although it should be noted that at its inception it was not dedicated to console or game development, but cards.
on September 23, 1889133 years ago, a Kyoto businessman named Fusajiro Yamauchi founded a company called “Nintendo Koppai” (Koppai means cards or playing cards in Japanese) to make a type of Japanese playing cards called Hanafuda.
in later years, although Nintendo Continuing and continuing to manufacture playing cards in Japan, the company is best known for its line of technology-related products. It is now valued at over $85 billionEasily one of the most recognized video game companies in the world (Nintendo Co. Ltd.).
And that’s it, Nintendo is currently known as the video game company that gave players Mario, The Legend of Zelda, pokemonKirby, but he was not born for the purpose of making video games or peaceBut the card.
These cards included drawings painted on cards made from the bark of the mulberry tree. Over time, Yamauchi managed to open two Nintendo stores where he would sell games. In the 1900s it became the largest trading card business in Japan, which it still maintains today but on a much smaller scale.
The reason why Nintendo decided to have playing cards as its main product has its roots deep in the history of Japan, as during the 17th century, the country had isolated itself from the Western world and imported cards. And the distribution had created a serious problem. of sports in the country.
With all this, Steps taken to stop this addictionBanning all card imports in an effort to tackle gambling addiction among the population. In the 19th century, with many innovations and their consequent prohibitions by the authorities, A new card game called Hanafuda was developed, which tried its luck.
As we mentioned earlier, this game uses images instead of numbers, which makes it difficult to use for gaming purposes. Over time, the Japanese authorities relaxed their laws on card games and the buying and selling of Hanafuda cards was permitted.
This is where Nintendo comes in and its sales opportunities reflect these cards. Soon he will decide to start a business and distribute his high quality card games.
Interestingly, in 2007, Nintendo released a special edition of the Super Mario Brother-themed Hanafuda cards, a nod to Nintendo’s card games since their inception, and popular characters from the company’s games. presented.
How was Nintendo created? card game for consoles
Over the next 40 years, Nintendo would expand into the production of non-card games and toys, with card games becoming a staple and huge sales success in Japan.
Over time, innovations would continue and he would try his luck in the then new market of electronic games. Ultimately, Nintendo formed a joint venture with Sony to begin developing them.
The launch of Magnavox Odyssey in the United States in the 1970s shook the minds of company executives, heralded Nintendo’s foray into computer game development and, In the 1980s, brought the NES to every corner of the world.
Furthermore, in the early 1980s, Nintendo also tried a coin-operated arcade game, like Donkey Kong and Radar Scope. These games were hugely successful and propelled the company into the gaming industry.
Well, everything is ready to explode, In 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), also known as the Family Computer System in Japan, was launched., games like mario wi the legend of zelda would follow him in 1985 and 1986, in turn producing a few others play play More consoles such as the legendary Game Boy launched in 1989, while the Nintendo 64 entered the market in 1996.
If we feel and see the history of these 133 years, Many card and character games in existence today pay homage to these Nintendo originals. The Fire Flower or Piranha Plant from Super Mario Bros. pays homage to the Hanafuda cards of the past. Other games, such as Arcana, Yu-Gi-Oh! And Pokémon pay tribute to it, too.