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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - Is Nintendo Playing the Wrong Game?

Did you know Nintendo was founded in 1889 to make playing cards?

Matt -- Yep... in the 70's it went something like this: Enterprising card maker CEO sees this Pong Atari thing... thinks, "Hmm... we're a toy company... that looks like a toy.... lets get into the arcade business." Goes to this young artist guy in his company whom he hired as a favor to a relative and so far wasn't too usefull and says, "Shigeru, make us something like that..." Shigeru: "Er... okay..." Shigeru makes a game knock off of the King Kong carrying a girl to the top of a building cliche. The rest is history.

And yes, Nintendo is currently in trouble, because its stuck with a kiddie rap, though it consistently makes better games.


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