The digital mastermind company Nintendo was always behind the majority of our childhood’s entertainment. However there is still so much to learn about this astounding gaming company. Until you have seen MusicSnake Magazine’s list of the fifteen facts you didn’t know about this company, you can hardly call yourself a true Nintendo fan.
Nintendo Exclusive Deal
When designing the Famicom, the video game company planned ahead for a profit-making strategy. Any third-party games not manufactured or approved by the Nintendo company would simply not work when placed in the consoles.
The Nintendo Name Game. It might just sound like a catchy brand name, but the name “Nintendo” actually has a meaning. The term can be translated to Japanese to mean “luck-haven-hall”.
You Ruined Your Games. The well-known quick fix for a game that didn’t work was to simply blow some air into the cartridge of the game. Right? Wrong! This method of cleaning the games would actually just disperse spit onto the metal parts, which caused the copper to oxidize. Essentially, we were all ruining our games for years.
The Game Company
Before the company specialized in digital games, the company that founded Nintendo was originally specialized in the manufacture of playing cards. Even in the modern day, this parent company still tops the industry in Japan.
The Truth About Mario. As odd as it may seem, the character of Mario was actually based on the landlord of the Nintendo warehouse stationed in America. The company had apparently slacked on their rent quite a few times, producing a very angry young Mario. In addition, his initial title was to be “Mr. Video”.
Nintendo Emerges. The Japanese Famicom was the first NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) to be launched and made its debut in 1983. In one short year, it became the best-selling console in all of Japan.
The Prize Game
If you have an ancient collection of NES game cartridges lying around, you may just want to give it a second glance sometime. The most coveted and rare NES game today is considered to be Stadium Events, which last sold for a hefty sum of $41,300.
Hitting America. Plans for the release of the Famicom involved a deal between Atari and Nintendo to market the product as the “Nintendo Advanced Gaming System”. However, the company had previously worked with one of Atari’s competitors in creating a Donkey Kong arcade game, closing all doors to the opportunity.
Man, That Game is Nintendo Hard. Believe it or not, that is actually a common phrase in the modern world of gaming. NES games were specially designed to be ultra-hard, in an attempt to make these games last longer. From this reputation, the phrase “Nintendo Hard” was born.
Nintendo Game Selection
When the console finally made its way to America, it was sold as a package deal with the games Duck Hunt and Gyromite. In addition to these games, there was a limited selection of 15 others. However, Super Mario Bros. was yet to be among them.
Nintendo Powerfest. If you thought celebrity musicians were the only people who got to go on world tours, you would be highly mistaken. In 1990, Nintendo promoted its product internationally with a unique World Championships Tour that went by the enticing name Powerfest.
Breaking Records. For the longest time, the NES held the title of the best-selling game system in history. Its record sales have only recently been surpassed by the Wii system.
The Nintendo company is responsible for a wide array of the console trends we see today. In fact, they were the first to introduce the concept of a cross-shaped D-pad. The concept was initially created in the design of a portable version of Donkey Kong but decided it was a better fit to the new NES.
Marketing Geniuses. The gaming system wasn’t a huge success in the United States when first introduced, so the marketing team had to get craft. They came up with a handful of unique and enticing accessory gimmicks, including the Zapper light gun and Robot Operating Buddy.
The Elite Line. Every single one of the NES games manufactured or approved by Nintendo was available only in gray cartridges. That is, except for the elite line of Zelda games. The original Zelda and the Link sequel were to only games that came in a color other than gray and were sold in elegant gold carts.