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運を天に任せる. (Un wo ten ni makaseru)
"Leave luck to Heaven."

Nintendo (JP: 任天堂) is a Japanese company founded in 1889 as a playing card company. It is now among the most well-known video game companies of all time, making not only consoles but among some the most beloved I.P.s of all time.

Consoles Developed

  1. Color TV Game (1977)
  2. Nintendo Entertainment System (1985) / Famicom (1983)
  3. Game Boy (1989)
  4. Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991) / Super Famicom (1990)
  5. Virtual Boy (1995)
  6. Nintendo 64 (1996)
  7. Game Boy Color (1998)
  8. Nintendo GameCube (2001)
  9. Game Boy Advance (2001)
  10. Nintendo DS (2004)
  11. Nintendo Wii (2006)
  12. Nintendo 3DS (2011)
  13. Wii U (2012)
  14. Nintendo Switch (2017)

Why They Rock

  1. Ended the North American Video Game Crash of 1983 and put many rules in place to prevent another video game crash.
  2. Its first major console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, helped give birth to many great franchises that continue to this day.
  3. They pretty much created Handheld Gaming with the Game and Watch series and the Game Boy. To this day, they're still the unquestionable kings of handheld gaming. Not even Sony could dethrone them. This culminated in the Nintendo Switch, being the first home game console that you could actually take with you, which is what the Game Boy series was trying to accomplish. (See 15)
  4. They invented turn-based tactical RPGs through one of their subsidiaries, Intelligent Systems.
  5. Many arcade classics like the original Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong.
  6. Shigeru Miyamoto.
  7. It has produced many memorable IPs, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon.
  8. Defeated Sega in the legendary Console Wars.
  9. Allowed Japan to dominate the video game market for decades (Japan is currently dominating the market once more).
  10. Played a large role in the transition from 2D gaming to 3D with the Nintendo 64.
  11. They have a deep love and protectiveness towards their IPs and use each one lovingly.
  12. They have made many great consoles, especially the home consoles.
  13. Care more about gameplay than graphics or technology, because they follow a philosophy: "Lateral thinking with withered technology". Their consoles, while gimmicky, are unique and fun as a result.
  14. Nintendo is often more family-friendly, making games that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age.
  15. Their newest console, the Nintendo Switch, has combined handheld gaming (unarguably Nintendo's biggest strength) with home gaming.
  16. They consistently publish great games.
  17. They are famous for creating many great offline multiplayer games, such as Mario Kart series and Super Smash Bros series.
  18. Amiibo are cool collectible figures based on Nintendo games (and 3rd party games in some cases) that can also unlock certain special items/features in compatible games.
  19. They introduced the "Classic Edition" series of plug n' play systems modeled after their older consoles, which are a great way for people to revisit those old games.
  20. Recently Nintendo has been making more effort to bring more mature third-party games to their platforms.
  21. They learn from their mistakes. After Mario Party 1's analog stick controversy, they made their analog sticks more comfortable and future Mario Party games no longer had mini-games that involved rotating the analog stick (or at least not to the extent that some of MP1's mini-games did), another mistake they learned from was the Wii U and its marketing
  22. Care more about the quality of the games rather than profit, which is a rare thing nowadays.
  23. They're open to the idea of cross-play between different platorms.

Bad Qualities

  1. They've had their shares of failures, such as the Virtual Boy and Wii U.
  2. Sometimes they can be a little too protective of their IPs.
    • Many fan projects based off their games have been suspended because of it, the most well-known projects were the near perfect AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) and Pokemon Uranium.
    • They constantly take down Nintendo game reviews or copyright claim any footage of games or music they fully own that is used in videos. Angry Joe stated that his Nintendo Switch gameplay video got copyright struck 27 times before finally editing his videos to avoid copyright infringement.
    • They are now taking down a bunch of Rom Websites and filing a lawsuit against them.
  3. Their consoles tend to be underpowered and third-party developers often struggle to make the more gimmicky aspects of them work properly. This results in less third-party support.
  4. They have been using the artificial scarcity tactic for most of their products, such as the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo Switch (during its first few months), & Amiibos, allowing scalpers to sell those products for higher prices.
  5. They also have a tendency to censor or otherwise alter certain games during localization. Notable recent examples include Treehouse doing Fire Emblem FatesTokyo Mirage Sessions #FEXenoblade Chronicles X, and more. This has also happened through updates to their games, such as when one of the Inkling Girl's animations was altered in the 1.10 update of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as the gesture she made (which resembled the bras d'honneur gesture) could be interpreted as rude in certain countries, especially Europe. Before the introduction of the ESRB, Nintendo's censorship was far more strict (for example, games like Mortal Kombat and Wolfenstein 3D had toned down violent content and (in the latter's case) removed all traces of Nazi symbolism and had Hitler redesigned and renamed to "Staatmeister").
    • According to GTA Wiki (In the GameCube article), GameCube ports for Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were planned, but were cancelled for unknown reasons, likely due to either their violent content or issues with disc space.
  6. Recently their games tend to be overpriced, such as New Super Mario Bros. U costing $60 even today and Fire Emblem Echoes having a Season Pass that's more expensive than the game itself.
    • Some of their Wii U games that were ported to Nintendo Switch still cost full price.
  7. Along with Sony, Nintendo is starting to copy Microsoft's bad habits such as paid online multiplayer, albeit cheaper than PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold but with less features (Luckily, the prices for the memberships are lowered, so that’s a plus!)
  8. Unlike Steam, they refuse to allow refunding in their digital stores, no matter what.