HAPPY 125th BIRTHDAY NINTENDO!

So Nintendo Co., LTD., known to most of us as just Nintendo, celebrates its 125th birthday as a company today. They company was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Of course, they didn’t get into the video game market until the late ’70s, but Nintendo was into gaming of a different sort for much longer than that. Originally they were the makers of hanafuda cards.

Here are five other facts about the company:

  1. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.
  2. The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven.”
  3. One of its first electronic toys was the Love Tester in 1969.
  4. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such icons as Mario, Donkey Kong and Link, joined Nintendo in 1977.
  5. Nintendo says it has sold more than 670 million hardware units over its history in the video game market.

What was the first Nintendo product/game you played?

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NES, Smash, and Persona Q 3DS XLs announced ⊟

Nintendo of America announced three (!) special edition 3DS XLs today! The Smash Bros. system releases in red and blue on September 19, the NES edition hits on October 10, and the Persona Q portable comes out on November 25.

Please note that all of them are priced at $199.99 and do not include a bundled game, even though two of them are branded with specific titles. Also, all of them will be exclusive to GameStop. Ughhhhhhhhhhh.

PREORDER Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, upcoming releases
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8-BIT AVENGERS

Here’s a cool little t-shirt design by artist Robert Retiano featuring classic characters that have survived the 8-bit era of gaming as Marvel’s Avengers. There’s Donkey Kong as the Incredible Hulk, Link as Captain America, Mega Man as Iron Man, and Mario as Thor.

What oldschool video game characters would be Black Widow and Hawkeye?

Pre-order Fire Emblem: Awakening At Gamestop And Get Art Book

Nintendo and Gamestop announced a special bonus you get for pre-ordering the game at any Gamestop location: a free artbook! See the gorgeous character and concept art by Yusuke Kozaki, who also did character design and art for No More Heroes!

If you’re interested in getting the book, be sure to get your pre-order in before it’s too late!

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