Founded in 1889, the company has enjoyed a rich video gaming tradition dating back to the 1970s, releasing some of the most successful gaming consoles and franchises of all time.
Which is great for them, but it's not why we're here. Today, we're here to look back at some of Nintendo's lesser-known, but way more interesting accomplishments (and failures, and dirty secrets).
Below, you'll find a collection of some of the more bizarre aspects of Nintendo's history, some of them during the company's video gaming years, others from earlier in their history when they made playing cards, bad LEGO clones and ran love hotels.
The Nintendo They've Tried to Forget: Gambling, Gangsters, and Love Hotels
The Arcade Machine That Made (And Nearly Broke) Nintendo
Nintendo's First Arcade Games Were, Well, Pretty Sucky
This Is the Coolest Stuff Nintendo Has Ever Made
How Pokémon Was Born From Bug Collecting and Asperger's Syndrome
The Father of the Game Boy Was Not Killed By Yakuza
When Nintendo Wanted to Bring Gambling Into American Homes
When Pokémon Got a Little Too Nazi Germany
In 1983, Donkey Kong Nearly Died
Nintendo's War On Blood, Nazis, Religion And Puppy Dogs
Iron Chef's Secret Ingredient Was…Pokémon!
Nintendo's First Console Is One You've Never Played