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Nintendo is a video game corporation that sells both hardware and software. Formed in 1889 as a trading card manufacturer, they didn't get into the electronics business until 1974. Starting with the rights to distribute the Magnavox Odyssey in Japan, they eventually branched into the arcade industry and hit big with Donkey Kong in 1981. In 1985, they singlehandedly undid the North American videogame crash with their release of the Nintendo Entertainment System. They would follow up their success with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, the Nintendo 64 in 1996, the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001, and the Nintendo Wii in 2006. They experienced a minor slump with the N64 and Gamecube due to competition with the Sony Playstation I and II, but have climbed back to the top with the Wii. Their handheld systems such as the Gameboy series and DS have held a near monopoly on the market since 1989. Along with their hardware, they are known for their visionary software designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Creator of the Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero, and Donkey Kong franchises, he's cited as one of the most prominent videogame creators of all time. The company is the third largest Japanese corporation and eighth largest software company, with a market value around 85 billion dollars.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Sold out to casuals Nintendo gives hardcore gamers the finger
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3 Nintendo Gamecube The 3D of the Nintendo 64 was enough
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4 Milking the DS How many times can you release the same thing?!
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5 3DS terms and conditions can brick your system for not playing right
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6 Virtual Boy Monochome, 3D, headache-inducing disaster
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7 Wii U incomplete and long mandatory updates
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8 Exit... stage left Hiroshi Yamauchi
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9 Let's play takeover. shady backdoor deal with youtube against own fans.
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10 Playstation With CDs games and monopoly of third party support
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11 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I'd go out on a limb by saying, Nintendo's best days were around the 8/16 Bit eras. When competition was hot and they had to pick up speed. The N64 and GameCube were nice additions to the console family later. Wii would make it's mark but the Wii made Nintendo apparent that their consoles cannot go without a gimmick. I'm talking all those crappy pieces of plastic you'd put your wii-mote in to get a "better feel". All the motion sensors and whatever else Nintendo tried to push out. I was never a fan of the nun-chuck idea for the Wii. It was cute-looking but that was it. Was pleased about them releasing the classic controller later on which honestly was one of their best moves. And we did have our fair share of games trying to utilize the motion controls as best as possible. Now here we are with the Wii-U and oh boy... Nintendo's form of competition is long lost. It became that old running contender who is just there because it's one of the oldest game companies still around today. Sony and Microsoft, despite not getting their heads together at times, still pull through with powerful consoles and know what the audience wants. Sometimes. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on September 22, 2013, 7:01 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 i have to hand it to them, the Wii was a great system with its games like Bowling, but there were only a few games worth buying for it, other than Mario Galaxy and Call of Duty.. games like Grand Theft Auto probably wouldn't have worked well with this console. Needless to say their best years are behind them -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on September 6, 2013, 1:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 It would be like releasing a GameBoy Advance, only this time it's back to black and white instead of color! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 30, 2013, 8:42 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Oh my fricken god. I just caught wind of Nintendo making yet ANOTHER DS model. Seriously, a 2DS. Which is basically, a DS handheld without the 3D that the original 3DS model had. What are you doing anymore, Nintendo? Every new handheld you make just cannot go without slapping that "DS" title on it. Just as you've done with the GameBoy. You're nearly stretching that DS title for almost ten years now. But, to be honest, at least the GameBoy line were just steps on improvement. You had the original GameBoy with dot matrix graphics, it was a start. Then it went to the black and white scheme with the Pocket. Improvement. We would finally see color later on in the late 90s with the GameBoy Color. Another step of improvement. Then entering the 00's, we saw the rise of the GameBoy Advance, with improved graphics/sound and with the SP later released, perfected the GameBoy line with a backlight option and a handheld that felt nice to hold. Micro was sortof a backstep because it was unnecessarily small. But with what you're doing with the DS line, it's just one model after another with little improvements. You had the original to begin with. With GBA backwards compatibility which was nice. Then you decided to go "Lite" by making a lighter model but with the same things from the original. Then you later released the DSi, which was the same thing but minus the GBA backwards capability and only a little "faster" than the original and lite. Okay...then you'd release the DSi XL which had bigger screens. Same things, bigger screens. You'd do the same thing with the 3DS and now with the 2DS. You're up to about seven, going on eight handhelds in this DS family line. You should see the difference on what made the GameBoy line successful as it was a gradual improving process. The DS line is just a mess in where what was thought were improvements, should've been made in the first place or as a secondary release. And it's ridiculous. Nintendo, get your handheld line up right again. For real. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on August 29, 2013, 3:06 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The Gamecube was a great system, but it was the start of its more casual appearance. Nintendo became so focused on appealing to the casual gamers and ignored the guys who made the company what it was. -- Submitted By: (Mr.Zimpy) on January 2, 2011, 6:38 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I voted Gamecube, but would say Nintendo was at its best in the 80s and 90s. From 1985-1990, NES WAS the game system of choice. No one was even close. All the best games were for the NES and everyone who owned a video game system owned an NES. The Super Nintendo had competition against the Sega Genesis, but the SNES still had superior graphics and sound. For a while, we thought Genesis was better for it's "blast processing" and sports titles, but eventually we learned and knew what the better system was. SNES on its own was great with games like Donkey Kong Country and Chrono Trigger, and Genesis tried to catch up with the terrible Sega CD and the even worse 32x but dug it's own grave. The Nintendo 64 started showing kinks in the armor. Super Mario 64 and Zelda were amazing, but Superman 64 might be the worst game ever and Playstation started catching up. By the beginning of 2000, Nintendo was no longer the mega giant in video gaming it once was. Sony and Microsoft caught up and passed them by. The Wii is fun and everyone still enjoys the latest Mario/Zelda games, but it's definitely not the same. Nintendo 64 started the decline and Gamecube accelerated it. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on November 3, 2010, 11:53 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Nintendo was at its best in the late 80's/early 90's. Although it's true Nintendo is not the behemoth it was long ago, it's still in the hardware market, which is more than could be said for their former rival, Sega. At least, they didn't make a bunch of wild claims about their console and then pay dearly when the truth came to light (case in point - Sega claiming the Genesis had "blast processing" when it didn't). -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on November 3, 2010, 9:55 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I think Nintendo's downfall was when they continued to use cartigdeds for their games instead of using CDs. Well Nintendo is right in one point. CD-based game consoles before the Playstation did suck very bad and nobody could afford them. Playstation did improve everything that was wrong with CD console and made them popular. Also Nintendo tended to be a pain for third party game developer and rigidlly controlled them to the point where they could not take Nintendo's demands anymore. So most of the good games went to Playstation. Nintendo haves improved alot but they are not the mammoth they once were. -- Submitted By: (Ani) on April 17, 2010, 10:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Marcus, if you don't like the new consoles, then here's what you do: Go to eBay, Amazon, or some other website like those two and search for all the old consoles and games so you can buy them. Or hell, find some retro gaming store that's near you and buy them there. That way, you can have all of old school consoles and games to play with and you won't have to do utterly retarded things like taking over Nintendo through some kind of rebellion like you want to do. -- Submitted By: (McT) on June 21, 2009, 12:19 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 There's no way that Nintendo still rocks! Most of their latest projects are LAME! What is wrong with you people?! This company should be overthrown, moved to the United States, and reviving classic systems like the NES, Super NES, and Nintendo 64. -- Submitted By: (Marcus) on June 9, 2009, 11:50 am - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote

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