Report: Nintendo Didn't Make the Famicom Red Because It Was Cheap

Ever wonder why the Famicom (née Family Computer) was red, gold and white? It was glorious color scheme, but the story goes that cheap plastics were responsible for the console's iconic hue. That story, says one of the console's main designers, is wrong. » 5/01/13 6:00am 5/01/13 6:00am

Nintendo's President Expresses His Commitment To Bringing A Profit

Nintendo's current president and regular spokesperson for Nintendo's online press conference, "Nintendo Direct," Satoru Iwata spoke today at an analyst presentation meeting on Nintendo's plans for the upcoming business year. During the presentation, Iwata spoke of his "commitment" to a business profit goal of ¥100… » 1/31/13 6:30am 1/31/13 6:30am

Mr. Yamauchi, Please Go See the Mariners Play. You Own the Team, After …

The man who made Nintendo into a video gaming giant is warmly regarded in Seattle, and not just because the company's American headquarters are there. He purchased the Seattle Mariners in 1992, almost certainly saving the team from moving to Florida.

But Hiroshi Yamauchi, the third president of Nintendo, has never… » 3/16/12 6:01pm 3/16/12 6:01pm

Nintendo's Former President Just Lost Half a Billion Dollars

A disastrous last quarter in terms of sales has sent Nintendo's share prices through the floor. If you own Nintendo shares, sorry! But hey, even if you do, it could be worse; spare a thought for former president Hiroshi Yamauchi. He just lost $500,000,000 in one day. » 7/29/11 1:00am 7/29/11 1:00am

The Father of the Game Boy Was Not Killed By Yakuza

It was apparently a contracted hit. Gunpei Yokoi, father of the Game Boy who failed with the Virtual Boy, left Nintendo and was working with a rival on a new portable game device. Yokoi had too many Nintendo secrets. He had to be out of the picture, say the conspiracy theories. He had to be silenced. » 4/07/11 2:00am 4/07/11 2:00am

The Nintendo They've Tried to Forget: Gambling, Gangsters, and Love…

Nintendo, the world's family-friendly video game maker, formed under less virtuous auspices. Before Nintendo made video games, they made playing cards for gangsters and ran their own love hotel, which some assert their own president frequented—during work. Saucy! » 3/22/11 3:00pm 3/22/11 3:00pm

Former Nintendo Boss "Suffering" Through Nintendo "Downturn"

Late-year surge aside, 2009 was a time of slight decline for Nintendo, spurred by a slide in sales for the once-booming Wii. And nobody felt that slide more than the company's former boss Hiroshi Yamauchi. » 1/13/10 4:30am 1/13/10 4:30am