While this year is full of anniversary celebrations — Zelda, Super NES and much more — today is a particularly special day as it marks the 122nd birthday of Nintendo itself.

As many will know, Nintendo started off producing so-called hanafuda cards often used for gambling. It was Fusijaro Yamauchi who opened a small wooden stand called Nintendo in Kyoto on 23rd September 1889, although the company wasn't officially registered until new corporate regulations came into effect in 1933.

If you're interested in the very early days of Nintendo, you may want to look out for The History of Nintendo, an in-depth chronicle of the company's formative years. Stay tuned to Nintendo Life in the near future as we'll be giving away copies of this fascinating tome.

For now, let's all wish Nintendo a happy birthday.