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|Traded as||TYO: 7974|
|Founded||Kyoto, Japan (September 23, 1889 )|
|Revenue||¥ 635.6 billion (FY 2013)|
|¥ 36.1 billion (FY 2013)|
|¥ 7.2 billion (FY 2013)|
|Total assets||¥ 1.4 trillion (FY 2013)|
|Total equity||¥ 1.1 trillion (FY 2013)|
Number of employees
|5,095 (as of January 2013)|
Nintendo[a] is a Japanese 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. Then it went on to making toys, but 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 device called Game and Watch. Nintendo's first video game console was the Color TV Game. Famicom, Nintendo's second console, 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, DS, and 3DS and home consoles such as Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, and Switch.
List of Nintendo's video game consoles
- Nintendo Entertainment System (1985, NES) - Known as the Famicom in Japan [or the "Family Computer"]
- Game Boy (1989)
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990, SNES) - Known as the Super Famicom in Japan [or the "Super Family Computer"]
- Virtual Boy (1995)
- Nintendo 64 (1996, N64)
- Game Boy Color (1998, GBC)
- Game Boy Advance (2001, GBA)
- Nintendo GameCube (2001, GCN)
- Game Boy Advance SP (2002)
- Nintendo DS (2004, NDS)
- Game Boy Micro (2005)
- Nintendo DS Lite (2006)
- Wii (2006)
- Nintendo DSi (2008)
- Nintendo DSi XL (2009)
- Nintendo 3DS (2011, N3DS)
- Nintendo 3DS XL (2012)
- Wii U (2012)
- Nintendo 2DS (2013)
- New Nintendo 3DS (2014)
- New Nintendo 3DS XL (2014)
- Nintendo Switch (2017)
- New Nintendo 2DS XL (2017)
- Nintendo Switch Lite (2019)
Nintendo currently sells the 3DS, and the Nintendo Switch. In March 2011 of February 26 2012, Nintendo released their new handheld system in Japan, the United States, 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 cannot be seen as easily, but it can be broken more easily and it is not as durable. The successor to the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch, released on March 3, 2017 in Japan, the United States, and Europe. The Nintendo Switch is unique in the sense that it can be played on both a TV and on the go. The Switch can be played on the TV by sliding the tablet into its dock and removing the two controllers on the side of the tablet to create a more traditional controller.
Other video game companies:
- "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" (in Japanese). Nintendo Co., Ltd.. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/corporate/outline/index.html. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- "Nintendo News:Nintendo switched logos "two years" ago". ComputerAndVideoGames.com. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/202585/nintendo-switched-logos-two-years-ago/. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Nintendo's American Website (Note: needs Adobe Flash)
- Nintendo's Japanese Website
- Nintendo's European Website