The history of Nintendo and all of video games (more or less)

Fans of video games from around the world are eagerly anticipating the Nintendo Switch, but why is this console such a big deal? To understand the hype, we'll need to go back in history and look at the beginning of all video games.

Video games began in 1971 with the invention of Computer Space. Prior to this revolutionary new idea of putting video and games together, computers were only really used for boring stuff like bombs and accounting and because of that, the inventors came up with the idea of basing the game on one of the most popular trends at the time; Space. Space was invented by popular television programs like Star Trek and the Moon Landing and was so popular that it lured people into the pinball amusement centers to try out this newfangled contraption, even if it had a boring word like Computer in it's title. To further draw in the crowds, there was also produced a flyer where a nice lady was standing next to the machine, alluding the possibility of meeting a nice lady if you were playing Computer Space.

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Computer Space was a runaway success and soon everybody started making their own video games. Even though they more or less all took place in space, the consumers didn't care; They simply couldn't get enough and the industry as a whole saw massive growth until one fated game changed it all.

In December of 1982, the very first movie licensed game was released: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. These days, everybody knows that movie licensed video games are all terrible, but back then it was such a massive shock that people stopped playing video games all together. This event became known as The Video Game Crash, where computers went back to only being used for boring stuff and games went back to being board and card games.

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By 1983 a Japanese card game company called Nintendo decided to enter the stage. Nintendo has always been notoriously slow on the uptake, putting out old hardware with terrible network services, but this poor business sense all began in the middle of the Atari Shock when they decided to release a video games console, right as everyone had agreed that video games were shit.

Perhaps realizing this, Nintendo did everything to hide the fact that it was just a video games console. They gave it the name Family Computer and designed it in a way that made it look like some kinda weird walkie talkie set, where you in fact only could talk into one of the controllers.

Nintendo continued their scam across the sea in 1985, by rebranding their video games console as the Nintendo Entertainment System and redesigning it to look like a VHS player in order to trick consumers into buying it. Because it was significantly cheaper than other VHS players and because Twitter hadn't been invented yet so people could warn each other about it, Nintendo managed to put units into several homes across the United States. Just when the jig was about to be up, a hero in red with an iconic moustache came along to save Nintendo and all of video games.

In 1987 another Japanese company by the name of Data East invented the iconic Karnov. This international superhit began it's life in the arcade where it revitalized an entire form of entertainment, but it was Nintendo who was lucky to secure a port on their deceptive video games machine, which not only made it acceptable to like video games again, but also encouraged people to own video gaming machines in their home.

A real hero
A real hero

The success continued on the Super Nintendo with Fighter's History; Yet another game which laid the foundation an entire genre and starred the iconic Karnov.

As the years went on, the video game craze sorta fizzled out. Nintendo stopped getting new Karnov games and SEGA went out of the console business, which is a telltale sign that consumers really, really were starting to hate good video games.

It wasn't until several years later where Nintendo saw success with their Wii console. Despite the dumb name, it became a worldwide sensation thanks to the Data East Arcade Classics collection which featured Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, wherein the iconic Karnov appears as a boss on the first stage.

There isn't a man, woman or child alive today who doesn't know who you are talking about when you mention that man in red with the iconic moustache what was on the Nintendos. He isn't just a symbol of heroism, but also of the entire video games hobby, which is why everyone is hopeful for the Nintendo Switch and the return.

...the return of that man.

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