Nintendo is one of the gaming industry's pioneers and has been a household name for all things gaming for many years. Nintendo was founded in 1889 and their first business was the production of homemade playing cards. As the company grew, Nintendo invested in many other different businesses such as love hotels. The slow down in these businesses lead Nintendo to rethink their strategy and return to the entertainment sector by producing toys, and then entering the video gaming industry, becoming one of its pioneers and leading companies.
Nintendo has a large variety of gaming products produced since its first entry into the gaming industry. Their first generation console ever made was the Color TV-Game that was released in 1977. Nintendo's consoles have a long standing reputation of being very iconic; in a way that every iteration of its consoles have all become a very large source of nostalgia for a lot of people.
- Wii: The Nintendo Wii is a gaming console which puts a strong focus into motion sensing controllers and games. The Wii Remote Control doubles as a motion controller which enabled players to play with motion sensing games such as Wii Sports, which emulate reality sports such as badminton and tennis. Accessories such as a wrist strap has been made for the controller to secure the remote to the wrist for safety purposes as well. Traditional controller-based games are also present; with a service that enabled playing past games via emulation from older Nintendo systems. Many other different types of controllers have been made for the Wii to work with different types of games.
- Wii U: The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to feature high-definition graphics. It also has the unique Wii U GamePad with a built-in touchscreen from which players can use as a secondary screen to complement the main game on the primary display or act as a standalone primary display for the game when the TV is unavailable for use. It is also backwards compatible with the Nintendo Wii's software and accessories. Internet connectivity has also been given more focus for the Wii U via the Nintendo Network.
Nintendo's ever famous Gameboy line of handheld consoles has been seen at least once in every household. Its many successors and iterations has lead to many different types of improvements over the lifespan of the line. Eventually the GameBoy line would give way to the Nintendo DS line of handhelds, which would then become the Nintendo 3DS handheld consoles with 3D imaging capabilities.
- Nintendo 3DS: The Nintendo 3DS portable handheld console features a clamshell design with dual screens. It is also able to produce 3D graphics through the use of a stereoscopic 3D slider on the right side of the top display. It has backwards compatibility with previous DS handheld consoles as well.
- Nintendo 3DS XL: The first hardware revision by Nintendo. Essentially an improved and larger version of the Nintendo 3DS with larger displays and battery life; it serves to complement the original 3DS.
Nintendo – as a gaming company – has always aimed towards a more family-oriented approach towards electronic entertainment. They have provided a long history of family entertainment to everyone. If you are looking for family-oriented gaming, Nintendo is the brand for you.