Today, Nintendo is known as a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company. It has become one of the world’s largest video game companies. The company was founded in 1889 and originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards.

By the 1970s, Nintendo developed into a video game company. Following the successful development and release of the Game Boy in 1989, there was no stopping Nintendo from future successes. Today, Nintendo is Japan’s third most valuable company with an impressive market value of over 80 billion dollars. This blog post explores the timeline of how Nintendo has gone from strength to strength in dominating the video game industry.


In 1977, the company began to produce their own hardware starting with the Color TV-Game home video game consoles.


The company launched its first handheld video game series in 1980 called Game & Watch. Nintendo set itself in the direction of the video arcade game industry with the success of Donkey Kong in 1981.

The Famicom home video game console, launched in 1983, was a system combined with selected games in 1985 making Super Mario Bros the most popular video game in history. Several redesigns of the Game Boy continued.


2004 saw the official release of the Nintendo DS range. However, the last redesign of the Game Boy series called the Game Boy Micro occurred in 2005. That same year, Nintendo opened the Nintendo World Store in New York City focusing on showcasing the company’s history, Nintendo game sales, and public product launch parties. From 2006 to 2010, Nintendo released several more consoles like the Wii, Nintendo DSi, and the Nintendo DSi XL.


The Nintendo 3DS was released in 2011. In 2015, product distribution in Brazil stopped after four years. However, the rest of Latin America, fortunately, didn’t suffer the same fate.


Nintendo partnered with a Japanese mobile developer to create games compatible with smart devices.

A video game console company worth trillions of dollars can only continue to fly higher from now until the end of time.