CODES AND CHEATS
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the
creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than one
billion video games worldwide, created such industry icons as Mario and Donkey
Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon.
Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home
video game systems, including theNintendo 64 and Game Boy - the world's
best-selling video game system.
As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond,
Washington, serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western
Hemisphere, where more than 40 percent of American households own a
Nintendo game system.
1889 - Fusajiro Yamauchi, great-grandfather of the present president, began
manufacturing "Hanafuda," Japanese playing cards in Kyoto.
1902 - Mr. Yamauchi started manufacturing the first playing cards in Japan.
Originally for export, the product became popular in Japan as well as abroad.
1933 - Established an unlimited partnership, Yamauchi Nintendo & Co.
1947 - Began a distribution company, Marufuku Co. Ltd.
1950 - Hiroshi Yamauchi took office as President and absorbed the
manufacturing operation of Yamauchi Nintendo & Co.
1951 - Changed the company name from Marufuku Co. Ltd. to Nintendo Playing
Card Co. Ltd.
1952 - Consolidated factories were dispersed in Kyoto.
1953 - Became the first to succeed in manufacturing mass-produced plastic
playing cards in Japan.
1959 - Started selling cards printed with Walt Disney characters, opening a new
market in children's playing cards. The card department boomed!
1962 - In January, listed stock on the second section of the Osaka Stock
Exchange and on the Kyoto Stock Exchange.
1963 - Changed company name to Nintendo Co. Ltd. and started manufacturing
games in addition to playing cards.
1969 - Expanded and reinforced the game department; built a production plant in
Uji City, a suburb of Kyoto.
1970 - Stock listing was changed to the first section of the Osaka Stock
Exchange. Reconstruction and enlargement of corporate headquarters was
completed. Started selling the Beam Gun series, employing opto-electronics.
Introduced electronic technology into the toy industry for the first time in Japan.
1973 - Developed laser clay shooting system to succeed bowling as a major
1974 - Developed image projection system employing 16mm film projector for
amusement arcades. Began exporting them to America and Europe.
1975 - In cooperation with Mitsubishi Electric, developed video game system
using electronic video recording (EVR) player. Introduced the microprocessor
into the video game system the next year.
1977 - Developed home-use video games in cooperation with Mitsubishi Electric.
1978 - Created and started selling coin-operated video games using
1979 - Started an operations division for coin-operated games.
1980 - Announced a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc. in New
York. Started selling "GAME & WATCH" product line.
1981 - Developed and began distribution of the coin-operated video game
"Donkey Kong." This video game quickly became the hottest selling individual
coin-operated machine in the business.
1982 - Merged New York subsidiary into Nintendo of America Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary headquartered in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., with a capital of
1983 - Built a new plant in Uji city to increase production capacity and to allow for
business expansion. Established Nintendo Entertainment Centres Ltd. in
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, to operate a family entertainment center. Raised
authorized capital of Nintendo of America Inc. to $10 million. In July, listed stock
on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Started selling the home video
game console "Family Computer" employing a custom CPU (Custom Processing
Unit) and PPU (Picture Processing Unit).
1984 - Developed and started selling the unique 2-screen interactive
coin-operated video game "VS. System".
1985 - Started to sell the U.S. version of Family Computer "Nintendo
Entertainment System" (NES) in America. The system included R.O.B. - Robotic
Operating Buddy - and the games Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. Mario and
Luigi became as big a hit as the NES.
1986 - Developed and started selling the "Family Computer Disk Drive System" to
expand the functions of the Family Computer. Began installation of the "Disk
Writer" to rewrite game software. Game Counselors were organized and players
from all over the world could call Nintendo for advice on games and strategies.
1987 - Sponsored a Family Computer "Golf Tournament" as a communications
test using the public telephone network and Disk Faxes to aid in building a Family
Computer network. The NES achieved the status as the #1 selling toy in
American and The Legend of Zelda became the first new generation home video
game to exceed sales of one million units.
1988 - Nintendo of America Inc. published the first issue of Nintendo Power
magazine in July. Researched and developed the Hands Free controller, making
the NES accessible to many more Nintendo fans. The game library for the NES
grew to 65 titles, helping to broaden the demographics to include more adults.
1989 - Released "The Adventure of Link," sequel to the top-selling game "The
Legend of Zelda" in the U.S. Started "World of Nintendo" displays in U.S. to help
market Nintendo products. Studies show that children are as familiar with "Mario"
as they are with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny! Introduced Game Boy, the first
portable, hand-held game system with interchangeable game paks. Nintendo
Power magazine became the largest paid-subscription publication in its age
1990 - Nintendo Power Fest featuring the Nintendo World Championships tours
the country. Japan enters the 16-bit market by releasing the Super Famicom in
1991 - Nintendo introduces World Class Service Center locations across the U.S.
The 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES), along with
"Super Mario World," is released in the U.S.
1992 - The Super NES Super Scope and Mario Paint with the Super NES Mouse
Accessory were released. The long-awaited "Zelda" sequel, "The Legend of
Zelda: A Link to the Past," arrived for the Super NES. Nintendo of America Inc.
developed portable Fun Centers to assist the Starlight Foundation in bringing
happiness to hospitalized children by allowing them to enjoy their favorite video
games during hospital stays.
1993 - Nintendo announces the advent of the Super FX Chip, breakthrough
technology for home video systems. The first game using the Super FX Chip,
"Star Fox," is released in April.
1994 - The Super Game Boy accessory was released, expanding the library of
games that could now be played on the Super NES! Everyone's favorite heroine,
Samus, returns in another long-awaited sequel, Super Metroid. Nintendo helped
pioneer the development and implementation of an industry-wide rating system.
This year also saw the introduction of a game that would set a new standard in
video game excellence. Using proprietary Advanced Computer Modeling (ACM)
graphics, Donkey Kong Country took the holiday season by storm! Nintendo
Gateway projected to reach 40 million travelers.
1995 - Thanks to the outstanding success of Donkey Kong Country, ACM
graphics were introduced to the Game Boy system by way of Donkey Kong Land.
Along with this great boost to the Game Boy system line, Nintendo also
introduced the Play It Loud! series of Game Boy systems. ACM graphics made
another appearance on the Super NES with the release of the arcade smash-hit,
Killer Instinct. At the same time, Nintendo introduced a 32-bit Virtual Immersion
system know as the Virtual Boy. Next, Nintendo responded to the demands of
fans with the release of Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2. Nintendo even
enhanced the quality of ACM graphics for the upcoming release of Donkey Kong
Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Cruis'n USA and Killer Instinct available in local
arcades. Celebration of the one-billionth game pak being sold.
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