Today (23rd September 2016) marks Nintendo’s 127th birthday! For a company that specializes in videogames in this current age, it was never always like that. What started out as a trading card and toy manufacturing company underwant a vast transformation in the 1970’s and has become the gaming giant many of us know and love today. This is truly an achievement by any standard as 127th years is more than Sony & Microsoft put together with another 16 years on top. To celebrate this occasion, we are going to list some trivia that you may or not know about the Kyoto based company:
- The first D-Pad was originally created on the Game & Watch, which Nintendo Patented for the Donkey Kong port to the system. It is the Typical cross shape with a concave center for resting your thumb in to ease movement.
- It had the same president for more than 50 years. Hiroshi Yamauchi had been in charge of the company since 1949! In 2005 he passed on the baton to the late Satoru Iwata which was the first time Nintendo was run by someone who was not a member of the Yamauchi family.
- Luigi is green because of memory space. Due to the limited space on the memory at the time, many articles and colours were reused to provide as much memory as possible for other elements. Luigi was given the green colour because it was a recycled element from the green Koopa shells. This is also why most secondary players in videogames at the time was a palette swap of the main character.
- They have developed/published over 14,500 different game titles & software across 16 different pieces of hardware, 15 of which they developed themselves (The 16th being the Smartphone platform)
- 8 of the top 10 Most grossed games of all time can be found on a Nintendo console, including Super Mario Bros, Wii Sports, Tetris, Mario Kart Wii and the recently included Minecraft.
I would also like to share a few personal tidbits relating to Nintendo and birthdays.
- I received my first Nintendo 64 on my 10th birthday along with Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie
- The Following year, I spent all 100 british pounds of my birthday money on Nintendo 64 games including, Castlevania64, 1080 Snowboarding, and Turok: Rage Wars along with a rumble pak and memory pak.
- The Nintendo Wii released on my 19th birthday (2006).
- My Bro and Editor-in-Chief, Jack got the Nintendo Wii for his birthday the following year along with The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii).
- Nine years on, Jack got The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U on his 24th birthday.
- Our Granddad shares the same Birthday as Shigheru Miyamoto (November 16th)
- On My 27th Birthday, I had a Legend Of Zelda themed cake made up for me along with some Legend Of Zelda themed presents.
If you have made it this far, we would like to thank you for putting up with us. If you would like to share your Nintendo Birthdays
This post was written by Mike Scorpio