Time flies when you're having fun, and it's crazy to think that it's been 40 years since Nintendo started making video games. It feels like there is a anniversary for something every other day at the moment, but this is a big one. According to Nintendo's own records, the Color TV Game 6 and Color TV Game 15 in July 1977 in Japan.
While it's true that Nintendo was dabbling with light gun games such as the Laser Clay Shooting System and Wild Gunman in the early 1970s, it was with the arrival of these Pong clones that Nintendo truly entered the video games arena as we know it. Of course, the firm's history stretches back much further than that - it was founded in 1889 to produce playing cards and branched out into making toys and board games before the '70s arrived.
After the launch of these early home systems Nintendo dabbled in the arcades and made hits such as Donkey Kong in 1981, and of course there were countless Game & Watch editions. Things really kicked into overdrive with the release of the Famicom in 1983 and its subsequent release as the NES in the US in 1985. The rest, as we say, is history.
It's fair to say that Nintendo owes a lot to the release of these Color TV Games in July 1977; the video game landscape at the time was dominated by Atari and Magnavox and few could have foreseen that Nintendo would go on to become such a dominant player and would still be making their own consoles and games 40 years later, long after these early rivals had bitten the dust.
Nintendo hasn't forgotten it's roots either; Color TV-Games have featured in its WarioWare series from time to time and Color TV-Game 15 even appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
Join us in raising a toast to 40 years of Nintendo games. Here's to the next 40!
Fun fact, the Magnavox Odyssey was distributed by Nintendo if I recall for Japan in 1974. Looking it that way, they have been in Video Games for 43 years this month as well.
Nintendo Im with you since 1997 and I'll be with you till the end. Wish you good luck for the futur. You're the best. Just listen to your fans and everything will be ok.
Raise a toast to 43 years of Nintendo gaming.
Way to go Nintendo. I don't know what I would do without your video games. Here's to many more years ahead. 🍺 Cheers!
Basically the same time I've been alive.
Happy anniversary, Nintendo.
40 years young 🍻
Happy birthday Nintendo! You're a great entertainer and a fundamental part of millions of gamers lives! Keep up the great job and work towards that fifty year anniversary!
I was born a Nintendo fan!
I'll die a Nintendo fan!
Thanks for all the great times Nintendo!
Otanjobi omedetto, Nintendo !!
Wish for a Good Luck for Nintendo Switch !
I love the old retro Nintendo stuff from before the NES. Nice example from 1965 on ebay -
That's a long time. Also it's awesome!
Nice. I remember getting my NES when they first came out. The poor old 2600 went straight to the closet.
Let's hope they keep succeeding in the future!
Sony & Microsoft fanboys also owe a thank-you to Nintendo. If Nintendo wasn't around, Sony would of never jumped into the console business. Microsoft would of seen Sega as having a monopoly on the industry and thus stayed exclusively to computer manufacturing. And Sega would of driven the business into the ground like what happened with Atari.
Nintendo... "Leave luck to heaven". Been around a while, and still here. For better, and for worse, they must be doing something right to have such longevity.
@sp_initiate-001 Would Sega even have survived in the home market if Nintendo never entered? Sure their SG-1000 system was doing well before the NES hit the market, but for the most part, the game market was almost dead at that point. I doubt they would have revived it like what the NES did.
May the next forty be just as amazing and great .., I am 42 yrs old and can happily say Nintendo is the reason I play video games to this day ., such a great company , I've got a ton of awesome memories playing Nintendo's amazing titles with family and friends . The video game industry just wouldn't be what it is if Nintendo was not around . Thank you , BIG -N ..
Wow. I thought it was August 1977 but meh. XD
Congrats Nintendo. Now gimme that Metroid release date
What a wonderful trip it's been these 40 years!!!
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