Known as the 'House that Mario Built', Nintendo has grown from a trading card company to one of the largest companies in the gaming industry. The multinational corporation, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. The American division of Nintendo is based in Redmond, Washington with distribution centers in Atlanta, Georgia and North Bend, Washington.

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Nintendo has been around for some time, but it wasn't until 1979 that Nintendo became the videogame company that we know today. The name 'Nintendo' translates from Japanese to English to mean ''leave luck to heaven.'' The driving force of it all are the wonderful characters dreamed up by Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario (formerly Jumpman) and all the Mario characters, Captain Olimar from the Pikmin series, Kirby, Link and all the Zelda characters, Donkey Kong, and Samus Aran.

In 1985, the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was introduced to the public. It became an instant hit, selling over 60 million units. Four years later, the Game Boy was available for portable gaming, which came bundled with the popular game Tetris. The Game Boy is the most successful video game system ever released, selling over 150 million units worldwide.

In 1991, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released, featuring 16-bit technology and selling over 49 million units. Five years later, the Nintendo 64 came out, introducing realistic 3D gaming to the world. During the same year, the Game Boy Pocket was also released. It oywas smaller than the original Game Boy and came in a variety of colors. Two more versions of the Game Boy followed, the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP, featuring larger screens, better graphics and a lighter weight.

The Nintendo Gamecube was released in 2001 which used discs instead of cartridges for games. Next came two more portable gaming devices, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite. These featured two screens, including a touch screen, a microphone and built-in Wi-Fi capability.

In 2006, Nintendo introduced a revolutionary gaming system, the Nintendo Wii. This gaming system features wireless motion-sensitive remote controllers and built-in Wi-Fi capability.

Nintendo has now become a part of the childhood experience because of the memorable stories, great gameplay and characters that capture our hearts and imagination. Nintendo has become the Disney of videogames.

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