Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Random: Tonight’s Direct is also Nintendo’s 132nd birthday

Image: Eckhard Pecher

Where were you when you first learned that Nintendo was older than the soil? And to be honest, did you think, “I’m sure the Victorian people didn’t have a Game Boy?”

To make sure we are all on the same page, Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a playing card company to manufacture Hanafuda cards for the Japanese. They also made some … a little terrible, a little weird product and business decisions in the 60’s and 70’s, such as “love hotels” and instant rice.

Fast-forwarding in the 80’s, Games & Watch and the Nintendo Entertainment System marked a major pivot in Nintendo’s business and its success. And the rest is history.

NES is a small baby compared to Nintendo itself
NES is a small baby compared to Nintendo itself (Image: Nintendo Life)

In other words, even though Nintendo’s existence has evolved considerably since 1889, today, September 23, marks the 132nd year of Nintendo’s existence.

It’s unlikely that Nintendo will do anything big to celebrate, but I forgot Link’s birthday and shot Mario behind the barn at the end of his birthday. It’s great to see a small approval of their heritage. May I get a new Hanafuda card at My Nintendo? And wait, what is the traditional gift of the 132nd anniversary? I hope it’s a Game Boy game.

Leave your birthday wishes in the comments, but keep in mind that they won’t happen unless you blow out the candles!