Though Nintendo has existed as a game company since the 80’s—still one of the longest standing institutions in the game industry—it’s actually been around in various other forms since 1889. In the nearly 100 years between then and its start as a game company, dabbled with taxis, love hotels, toys, and playing cards. Now, a picture has emerged of what could possibly be the original headquarters of what would one day become a gaming giant.
A French book website unearthed the image, explaining that the building was first owned by Naoshichi Yamauchi, who ran a wood and cement company called Haikyo. Yamauchi would eventually adopt his employee, Fusajiro, who would then go on to start Nintendo and manage both companies. Interestingly enough, Haikyo is still around, and is still run by a Yamauchi family member.
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