|Founded||September 23, 1889|
|Key people||Fusajiro Yamauchi (founder) |
Shuntaro Furukawa (president)
Doug Bowser (president & COO of NoA)
Satoru Iwata (former president)
Reggie Fils-Aime (former president & COO of NoA)
Shigeru Miyamoto (game designer)
|Industry||Video games |
|Revenue|| ¥1.201 trillion (2019)|
Forbes 2000 ranking: 619 (2019)
|Net income||¥194 billion (2019)|
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社 Nintendō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese video game company headquartered in Kyoto. Founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, Nintendo began as a producer of hanafuda cards. Throughout the 20th century, the company entered various industries before starting to develop video games in the 1970s. Nintendo went on to gain international success with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and became one of the most successful video game companies in the industry, developing franchises such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Pokémon (with Game Freak and Creatures, Inc.) and Metroid.
Video game consoles
Below is a list of Nintendo-manufactured video game consoles.
- Color TV Game (1977 – 1980)
- Nintendo Entertainment System (1983 – 2003)
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990 – 2003)
- Nintendo 64 (1996 – 2002)
- Nintendo GameCube (2001 – 2006)
- Wii (2006 – 2013)
- Wii U (2012 – 2017)
- Nintendo Switch (2017 – present)
- Game & Watch (1980 – 1991)
- Game Boy (1989 – 2003)
- Virtual Boy (1995 – 1996)
- Game Boy Color (1998 – 2003)
- Game Boy Advance (2001 – 2010)
- Nintendo DS (2004 – 2013)
- Nintendo 3DS (2011 – 2020)
- Nintendo Switch Lite (2019 – present)
Club Nintendo was a Nintendo reward system where users inputted codes included with Nintendo games and consoles to receive Coins (known as Stars in Europe). Coins could also have been earned by completing surveys. These Coins were then able to be traded for a variety of prizes, including Animal Crossing-related merchandise. It was discontinued in 2015.
Launched in 2016 as the successor to Club Nintendo, My Nintendo is a loyalty program that uses Gold and Platinum Points received from purchasing or registering Nintendo games and using Nintendo services to purchase various rewards, including wallpapers, printables, digital game guides, and software discounts.
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online is a paid subscription service launched in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch that gives users access to online multiplayer and exclusive software such as NES and SNES games.
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