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Nintendo's logo, which dates back to the 1980s. The current color was adopted in 2006; the previous red version is still used on some properties, mostly in Japan.
|Traded as||TYO: 7974|
|When it was created||Kyoto, Japan (September 23, 1889 )|
|People who started it||Fusajiro Yamauchi|
|Money earned||¥ 635.6 billion (FY 2013)|
|Operating income||¥ 36.1 billion (FY 2013)|
|Profit||¥ 7.2 billion (FY 2013)|
|Total assets||¥ 1.4 trillion (FY 2013)|
|Total equity||¥ 1.1 trillion (FY 2013)|
|Employees||5,095 (as of January 2013)|
Nintendo (In Japanese: 任天堂) is a company that makes video games and video game consoles. At first, it began by creating playing cards and other toys and games. Their main office is in Kyoto, Japan. They also have offices in other continents.
Nintendo was formed on September 23, 1889. They originally were a company that made playing cards. In the 1960s, they started doing other things, such as owning hotels. They began making video games only in the 1970s. In 1980, they came out with a hand-held game called Game and Watch. Nintendo's first video game console was the Famicom. Famicom was first only released in Japan but it was later released in some other areas, such as North America and Europe. When they released it in there, its name was changed to "Nintendo Entertainment System", or NES for short. They also released some popular stand-alone video games, with names like the arcade game Donkey Kong, and NES games Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and The Legend of Zelda. Later, the company made hand-helds such as the Game Boy and DS, and consoles such as Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and WiiU.
List of Nintendo's video game consoles
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - Known as the Famicom in Japan [or the "Family Computer"]
- Game Boy
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) - Known as the Super Famicom in Japan [or the "Super Family Computer"]
- Virtual Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Nintendo 64 (N64)
- Game Boy Advance (GBA)
- GameCube (GCN)
- Game Boy Micro
- Nintendo DS (NDS)
- Nintendo DS Lite
- Nintendo DSi
- Nintendo DSi XL
- Nintendo 3DS
- Wii U
- Nintendo 2DS
Nintendo currently sells the 3DS, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo DS video game consoles. The Wii plugs into a TV and is called a home console, because it is used most of the time at home. The Nintendo DS is small and has its own screens. It is called portable and handheld, because it is played on using hands, and can be taken anywhere. The 3DS is like the DS, but it has a switch that can make one of the screens show things in 3D plus a higher horse power.
In March 2011 of February 26 2012, Nintendo released their new handheld system in Japan and Europe, the Nintendo 3DS. It is the first system to have 3D without special 3D glasses. On the date of July 28 2012, Nintendo released a bigger update called the 3DS XL, which has a new anti-glare screen, a top screen that is 90% bigger than the old 3DS and has a matte plastic finish instead of a glossy metal one. This means that scratches and fingerprints can't be seen as easily but it can be broken more easily and isn't as durable.
Other video game companies:
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- "International Distributors - Company List". Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.com/corp/distributors_international.jsp. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- "Consolidated Results for the Years Ended March 31, 2012 and 2013" (PDF). Nintendo Co., Ltd.. 2013-04-24. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130424e.pdf. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- "会社概要 [Company Profile]" (in Japanese). Nintendo Co., Ltd.. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/corporate/outline/index.html. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- Nintendo's American Website (Note: needs Adobe Flash)
- Nintendo's Japanese Website
- Nintendo's European Website