Ok, I decided to compile a list of 5 Nintendo tidbits that a lot of people are not aware of. This is not meant to be the 5 BEST tidbits or anything, just a list of 5 oddball bits of info that I find quite interesting and I hope you do as well!
On with the list!!!
#5 – The Super Mario Bros. 2 You know and love is not Super Mario Bros 2.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Posted by: russelstoll
You see that above? Super Mario Brothers 2, right? Well, not exactly. In America this is known as Super Mario Brothers 2 but in actuality it is this game…
Doki Doki Panic
Posted by: nmr509
See some familiar looking “baddies” above but not the “heroes” you know and love? That is because this is Doki Doki Panic! Nintendo needed to put out SMB2 due to it’s HUGE popularity. They made a SMB2 that was very similar to SMB1 but was deemed “Too difficult” for us dumb Americans. So, they took Doki Doki Panic, a game unknown to us Americans, and swapped out the title screen for SMB2 title screens and the characters for Mario characters and sold it in the states as Super Mario Bros. 2!
Super Mario Bros. 2 (JP)
Posted by: from_my_game_collection_to_yours
Shown above is the REAL Super Mario Bros. 2. This was later released on the Mario All-Stars collection under the name of Super Mario Bros. Lost Levels.
#4 – Nintendo had some pornographic games released for it.
Posted by: jeffw0824
Much like the Tengen games but a lot less available, Panesian made some unlicensed games but instead of porting over popular games from other systems, they decided to make pornographic video games! Panesian made the above posted Pee-A-Boo Poker as well as 2 other adult titles called Hot Slots, and Bubble Bath Babes. I had actually seen these back in the day in the “Cult” section of this little independently owned video store but was not old enough to rent them. I wish I would have rented and kept them back in the day since they are now likely to get you over $1,000 each. Another little “fun fact” about Panesian is they are now a computer monitor manufacture that goes under the name “MAG”, and I used to have one of those monitors.
#3 – Nintendo made a breakfast cereal back in the late 80’s.
Nintendo Cereal (Magnet)
Posted by: traci*s
“NIN-TEN-D0, it’s a cereal, WOW!” is the slogan I can remember from back when this came out. I thought this cereal was sooo badass since A) It was a NES cereal and B) It came in 2 different varieties in the same box! I would usually chow down on the Mario half, while my brother was more of a Link fan.
Nintendo Cereal (Magazine Ad)
Posted by: kenyatabks
Here is a sweet magazine add for the cereal with such awesome quotes as “This tastes SUPER!” and even better than that… “We rescued breakfast!”.
#2 – Nintendo has been in business since 1889.
Nintendo Playing Cards
Posted by: mitsuru7306
So, if you didn’t guess my “teaser clue” from yesterday that it was Nintendo, it wouldn’t surprise me since not many people know that Nintendo started as a playing card manufacturing company back in 1889 making playing cards called Hanafuda cards used for numerous types of games.
101 Dalmations Playing Cards
Posted by: teyandeh
Nintendo and Disney licensed products? Yeah, it happened, and this is VINTAGE 1960’s stuff, pre-Mario indeed!
N&B Block Clock Kit
Posted by: bg47726
Nintendo also tried getting into the Lego market in the 60’s with their own type of linking children’s blocks they called N&B Blocks.
Super Mario Land 2 – 6 Golden Coins
Posted by: blackbear825
An homage to these blocks can be seen in the Game Boy game Super Mario Land 2 – 6 Golden Coins
Color TV Game 15
Posted by: japaneseitemsrus
Nintendo Entertainment System (or Famicom) was Nintendo’s first home video game console? Not exactly, seen above is the Color TV Game 15, one of the video game units that Nintendo made back in 1977. The units played a couple different versions / modes of the same game, much like all the PONG units of the 70’s.
#1 – Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and the Wii was originally hired by Nintendo as a Staff Artist back in 1977.
Innovators – Shigeru Miyamoto Hardcover Book
Posted by: shoppingspreellc
Man, is hind site 20/20! I am sure when Nintendo hired on Mr. Miyamoto as a Staff Artist they were not expecting to have one of the most important people in video game history in their ranks! Now he has books written about him! Talk about climbing the corporate ladder. Without him, they may have been nothing more than just another electronics company trying to find their niche all these years.
Donkey Kong – Game & Watch
Posted by: garfn7
Here is a nice Donkey Kong Game & Watch signed by Mr. Miyamoto. The man does not make too many public singing appearances so this is a pretty cool item!
Well, that is it for this EPIC sized Nintendo post! Hope you learned something about the biggest (and oldest) gaming company!