A Timeline of Nintendo Innovation
Nintendo is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world’s largest video game company by revenue. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade playing cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as cab services and love hotels. Abandoning previous ventures in favor of toys in the 1960s, Nintendo then developed into a video game company in the 1970s, ultimately becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan’s third most valuable listed company with a market value of over $85 billion. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.
The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven.” As of March 31, 2014, Nintendo reports historically cumulative sales of over 670.43 million hardware units and 4.23 billion software units. Arguably the most popular name in video games today. Most people believe the gaming company reached its peak in the 1990’s with the Super Nintendo, GameBoy, and Nintendo 64. However, console and game sales are on the rise yet again. Let’s take a look back at the history of Nintendo in this infographic by Cubed3.