Nintendo’s Roots

Believe it or not, Nintendo started in 1889 in Kyoto, Japan. As a nineteenth-century company, Nintendo produced “flower cards” used to play a number of different Japanese card games.

My colleagues in Japan used to play them with me on the bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka.

Not too many years ago they still had dining cars on that run…very nice after a long day of meeting in Osaka they would drink, eat curry rice and play Nintendo cards on the trip home.

Only after trying several other business ventures Nintendo eventually entered the video game industry.


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