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GoldenEye 007(8 million)The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (7.6 million)Super Smash Bros. (5 million)
History of1889 - 2012
OriginsNintendo started out as a small business,founded byFusajiro Yamauchi,in 1889.
Nintendo’s Fate• Riddled with debt, Nintendo struggled to survive in the Japanese toy industry. It was still small at this point, and dominated by already well established companies such as Bandai and Tomy.• In 1977, Nintendo saw the hiring of Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who would become a living legend in the world of gaming and the secret to Nintendos longevity. His creative vision was instrumental in determining the path Nintendos future would follow to beat all other companies.
Electronic Games• The early 1980s saw Nintendos video game division (led by Yokoi) creating some of its most famous arcade titles. The massively popular Donkey Kong was created in 1981, with Miyamoto as its mastermind. This release method would be used on several later Nintendo arcade games of this same period, including the original Mario Bros.
• Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock and an alarm.• In 1979, Gunpei Yokoi saw a bored businessman playing with an LCD calculator by pressing the buttons. Yokoi then thought of an idea for a watch that doubled as a miniature game machine for killing time.• 43.4 million copies of the 59 games were sold worldwide. It was the earliest Nintendo product to garner major success.
In July 1983, Nintendo releasedtheir Famicom (Family Computer) systemin Japan, which was their first attempt at acartridge-based video game console. Thesystem was sold over 500,000 units within twomonths at a price around $100 USD.
Nintendo test marketed theNintendo Entertainment System inthe New York area on October 18,1985. They expanded the test to LosAngeles in February 1986, followedby tests in Chicago and SanFrancisco. They would go nationalby the end of 1986, along with 15games, sold separately.In 1988, Nintendo of Americaunveiled Nintendo Power, a monthlynews and strategy magazine fromNintendo that served to advertisenew games.
Differences Between Famicom and NESNES Cartridge Famicom Cartridge
• In 1989, Nintendo released the Game Boy, along with the accompanying game Tetris. Due to the price, the game and its durability, the Game Boy sold extremely well. It eventually became the best selling portable game system of all time.
The Super Famicom was released in Japan on November21, 1990. The systems launch was widely successful, andthe Super Famicom was sold out across Japan withinthree days. In August 1991, the Super Famicom waslaunched in the US under the name "Super NintendoEntertainment System" (SNES). The SNES was released inEurope in 1992. Super Famicom
• The Super Nintendo Entertainment System followed in the steps of its predecessor, with high technical specifications for its era. The controller of the SNES had also improved over that of the NES, as it now had rounded edges and four new buttons, a standard which is evident on many modern controllers today. Super Nintendo
Differences between Super Famicom and SNES SNES Cartridge Super Famicom Cartridge
• On June 23, 1996, the Nintendo 64 (N64) was released in Japan and became a huge hit, selling over 500,000 units on the • On December 1, 1999, first day of its release. On Nintendo released an add- September 29, 1996, on to the Nintendo 64 in Nintendo released the Japan, titled the Nintendo Nintendo 64 in North 64DD, although it was never America, and it too was a released elsewhere. success.
• On October 13, 1998, the Game Boy Color was released in Japan, with releases in North America and Europe a month later.118 Million of UnitsSold
• Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance in Japan on March 21, 2001. This was followed by the North American launch on June 11 and the European launch on June 22.
• Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console on September 14, 2001, in Japan. It was released in North America on November 18, 2001, Europe on May 3, 2002, and Australia on May 17, 2002.• It was also the first DVD-Based Nintendo console, with Mini DVD games.• The GameCube controller was voted as the best videogame controller of all time.
• On September 20, 2004, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DS would be released in North America on November 21, 2004 for US$149.99• Later, they announced Nintendo DS Lite, DSi and DSiXL versions.
• On September 14, 2006, Nintendo announced the release information for Japan, North and South America, Oceania, Asia and Europe, including dates, prices, and projected unit distribution numbers. It was announced that the majority of the 2006 shipments would be allotted to the Americas, and that 33 titles would be available at the time of launch. The Wii was launched in the United States on November 19, 2006 at $249.99.
• Nintendo sold its entire allotment of 400,000 Nintendo 3DS units during its February 2011 release in Japan amid reports of queue outside retailers and pre-order sellouts. The 3DS sold about 300,000 units during the launch weekend of 26 February.