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Best Nintendo games of the decade (Part 1)

The Nintendo Switch is increasingly popular right now, but Nintendo’s collection of amazing exclusives in the 2010s still stretches across platforms. You might have overlooked a lot

Nintendo’s had a turbulent ten years ago by the beloved game and console maker and never quite cease to convert the hugely success of its Wii console to its successor, the Wii U. Meanwhile, its 3DS handheld has become a slow-burning hitmaker although the release of the hybrid Nintendo Switch in 2017 is the one that restore the company reputation to its rightful place in the cultural landscape.

Its systems have been through a lot since 2010, but what remains consistent is the sheer quality of Nintendo’s exclusive games, not just Mario and Zelda but including many others. Through time the company has rolled out brand new IPs and revived long-time popular ones too. In this post, you may find the very finest of Nintendo games over the decade. 

Legend of Zelda series – Breath of the Wild for Switch

Breath of the Wild is one of the greatest games of Nintendo. Nintendo never rush into things, which help the company earns a lot of flak such as  the stubborn refusal to launch Mother 3 in the West, its soft approach to online multiplayer support, or relaunched its old classics on Switch and many other meaningful number. As for Breath of the Wild, it is the proof that its careful approach can actually pay off. Thanks to years in the making. Zelda game is a combination of all of the best hits of the conventions of open-world adventure game genre and being developed even greater than all of them.

The most remarkable is how empowering the game is: instead of setting obstacles to prevent Link along, as it used to be in the series, Nintendo give players the tools to do whatever they pleased from the beginning – including fight the final boss

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The story of Nintendo (part 3)

The character name “Jumpman” isn’t popular for long which led Nintendo executives to change to “Mario” because of the likeness to the company’s landlord although they were still worried of whether or not the game would be successful due to the story-like style was a new feature in the video game genre at that time.

Executives even wondered whether the name would be appropriate as in Japanese, “kong” means gorilla, and “donkey” was a word meant stupid. Fortunately, “Donkey Kong” ended up doing very well. 

After years of selling its games made for devices developed by other companies, Nintendo developed and released its own game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, to worldwide market in 1985.

It was a big bet when Nintendo decided to make gaming consoles; however it paid off as the NES sold over 60 million units. The New York Times regarded the buzz for the gaming system as a “teenage cultural phenomenon” in 1988. 

In 1985, Mario got his big break to become the star as Miyamoto reinvented “Donkey Kong” for the Nintendo Entertainment System with the same objective of rescuing the Princess Peach, and saving the Mushroom Kingdom.

In this Feb. 6, 1997, Shigeru Miyamoto, developer of Super Mario video game series, introduced Super Mario 64 at the Nintendo Co. headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Although Mario hasn’t changed much in nearly three decades, the latest released version “The New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” has become one of the holiday season’s top titles which helped Nintendo to bounce back after the Video Game Crash of 1983 when there were too many bad games and ill-functioning consoles launched in the market. Children were more familiar with Mario than they were with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Mario and his brother Luigi have become a full-blown sensation and one of the most iconic, phenomenon and  mass-produced video games of all time. 

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Nintendo – the game giant

Hiroshi Yamauchi expanded Nintendo business into various industries outside gaming between 1963 and 1968, after it went IPO which gave him financial flexibility. The first offshoot is the “love hotel” business where people could rent rooms by the hour. Yamauchi was once famous for his affairs, and because hotels in Japan at that time only allowed booking for a night, his decided to open his own hotel allowed him free to entry as a frequent guest. The love hotels performing well, but ultimately being shut down because Yamauchi’s desire to explore other rising businesses. Nintendo also found success with taxi service, which quickly dissolved because a labor union dispute turned pricey. Nintendo’s last venture was an instant rice company, but, once again, Yamauchi ultimately decided to shut down to focus on the company’s historic roots in gaming. This time, Nintendo went all-in on the gaming industry with the next big thing were toys and electronic games. And thanks to assembly-line-workers, the “Beam Gun” was invented and released in 1970.

Ralph Baer, a German-American engineer, was an important element in making Nintendo became how it is today by developing a console where players could enjoy video games on a TV screen. Nintendo realized the possibility of the invention, and bought the rights in 1975 when the EVR Race was released.
In 1979, Minoru Arakawa, Yamauchi’s son-in-law, was appointed as the president of Nintendo of America, and launched shops in New York City to expand the business’s games to the West. Then Nintendo had set up a division for coin-operated games in 1979  in Seattle, where Arakawa oversaw product development which allow Shigeru Miyamoto — a young developer to create one of Nintendo’s now most famous games: “Donkey Kong.” in 1980 which consisted of a single premise: Jumpman, a carpenter, trying to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline, from pet gorilla, who’d kidnapped her. The player must run, jump, and climb a series of obstacles in an attempt to save her. 

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Nintendo – the 130-year-old gaming giant

Do you know that Nintendo used to be a playing card company before becoming an-favorite gaming giant? Do you know that the company turns 130-year this year?

In this post, we will talk about the improvement of Nintendo.

Nintendo turns 130 years old this year. Through time, a lot has changed, pivots have been made just like any other company that’s been able to survive or over a century. It has seen economic downturns then came back, product launch failures, and succeed.

Nintendo gave us the little plumber we’ve marveled, as well as numerous other video game character many ’90s kids consider as parts of their identity. All has its founder Fusajiro Yamauchi to thank for as he started manufacturing Hanafuda cards, and established Nintendo Koppai, on September 23, 1889 in Kyoto, Japan.

The Hanafuda cards had dots and pops of yellow and red with bold, black lines, featuring song birds, flowers, and cherry blossoms used for multiple games as well as gambling. The playing cards were even played by some notorious gangs, including the crime syndicate the Yakuza. 

In the early 1900s, Nintendo became the largest card-selling business in Japan. Fusajiro Yamauchi passed away in 1940, and his 22-year-old great-grandson Hiroshi took over the company in 1949.

He utilized the success momentum of the card playing’s revenue to venture into other fields such as taxi services, ramen noodles, short-term “love” hotels, and, video games. But only one of those paid off. 

Today, Nintendo gains billions of dollars in revenue from selling its consoles, from the Switch to Wii, and games series like cult-favorite “The Legend of Zelda” and newbies like “Animal Crossing.”

Hiroshi continued to manage Nintendo for the next 50 years and led the “transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant” after a trip to America despite all the trials, errors, and business pivots in that half century