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Nintendo makes video games and gaming machines. It is one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Nintendo’s popularity took off in 2006 with the release of the Nintendo Wii. The portable Nintendo DS is also extremely popular. In 2007, the company had an income of 8.19 billion dollars. And in 2008, the Nintendo Wii was the most popular gaming system in the US.
Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889. At first, the company made playing cards. Today the main offices are in Kyoto, Japan. And about 3,700 employees work for Nintendo. Besides video games, Nintendo is the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners, a Major League Baseball team in Seattle, Washington.
Nintendo first made video games in 1977. In 1981, Donkey Kong and Mario were introduced to the world. The designer of this game was Shigeru Miyamoto. People think he chose the name Donkey Kong for two reasons. First, his dictionary defined “donkey” as stubborn or silly. “Kong” was simply a reference to King Kong. The words give us a picture of a stubborn and silly gorilla.
Today the Nintendo Wii is amazingly popular. It is the 7th gaming machine made by Nintendo. The graphics on machines from Sony (PlayStation 3) and Microsoft (Xbox 360) are better than the Wii. But the Wii has a motion sensing controller. With the Wii, players can enjoy more natural motions than with the other gaming machines. Recently, Xbox and PlayStation 3 are catching up to the Wii in sales. But the Wii is still easily the most popular gaming machine in the world.