1. Nintendo was started in 1889 as a playing card company.

2. In Japan and most of Asia, the Nintendo Entertainment System was released under the name Family Computer or Familycom for short.

3. With the Gameboy, the Gameboy Advanced and the Nintendo DS, Nintendo created the top three best-selling handheld gaming systems of all time.

4. As Nintendo’s star mascot, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games.

5. Loosely translated, Nintendo means ‘leave luck to heaven’ in Japanese.

6. With over forty million copies sold, Supermario Brothers for the NES is one of the top-selling video games of all time, second only to Wii Sports.

7. Shigeru Miyamoto is Nintendo’s star game designer. He created Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and Star Fox to name a few.

8. Originally, Mario was a carpenter – not a plumber.

9. Nintendo is the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

10. Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong. He was originally called Jump Man.

11. Bonus.

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