Surprise, surprise! A blog post about video games! What else do I talk about?
There’s not a person in this world that hasn’t heard of Nintendo, or the Big N, nicknamed by some. They’re well-known for their paramount contribution to the video games industry. However, there is a lot of obscured history with this multi-billion dollar organization. For instance, let’s have a look at their past logos.
All of them are pretty bland and uninspired, aren’t they? All except for one. The one at the top right is a spade with an N in the center. That’s right, they used to be a playing card company! This probably doesn’t surprise you too much, considering it’s a form of entertainment much like video games, however by 1963 they had done other things to keep the company alive, such as taxi services and…
Love hotels?! That’s right! The family-friendly Nintendo also had sex hotspots under its name! It’s amazing how companies and their products evolve to be so distinct.
It wasn’t until 1974 when they started to cash in on home electronics by having rights to distribute the Magnavox Oddysey, a device considered to be one of the earliest forms of a gaming console. Not soon after Shigeru Miyamoto, the man responsible for creating iconic franchises such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, was hired to work for Gunpei Yokoi, a director of the early games in the Metroid series and the inventor of the Game Boy,to design Nintendo’s very own game console titled Color TV-Game
This was probably the machine that started it all, along with Mr.Yokoi’s invention of the Game and Watch, a handheld device designed to play games and tell time! Pretty revolutionary for 1979.
These two things pretty much decided the fate of Nintendo’s success and the logo that we know of today.
I leave you with the knowledge of Nintendo’s awareness that you’re cheating… in both senses of the word!