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5 Things you don’t know about Nintendo!

/ 9 years ago

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.


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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…


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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!


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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.


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Peek-A-Boo Poker
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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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!

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You probably owned an “illegal” Nintendo game and didn’t know it…

/ 9 years ago

You remember good old NES Carts? Those grey beauties just sitting there in a few old shoe boxes, gold top of a Zelda cart sticking out like a soar thumb… But wait, there is a BLACK cartridge, and it’s shaped weird… “Rolling Thunder” eh? What is with this?

Yeah, I used to have Rolling Thunder and just knew it was in a different case than Nintendo games. I thought it was cool and different back in the day. What I now know is that Tengen, the company that put these out did not like Nintendo’s “guidelines” for how many titles they were allowed to release so guess what? They said SCREW YOU to Nintendo, hacked the block out chip, and released the unlicensed games themselves! Nintendo was pissed and the case was taken to court and Nintendo won.

Full info at  the Wiki.

Before the lawsuit, Tengen had only released 3 titles in the legal / licensed way and then unlicensed versions of them after they told Nintendo to screw themselves.

I have posted 2 of the 3 licensed vs unlicensed titles below for some examples.


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Unlicensed version of Pac-Man
Posted by: konggames


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Licensed version of Pac-Man
Posted by: cjmarq2345


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Unlicensed version of Gauntlet
Posted by: bbigddadybboom


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Licensed version of Gauntlet
Posted by: lucrative-gaming

You can see in comparing them that the big difference is the cart color / shape. The one that is not so obvious is that the black carts are missing this…

Also, I decided to list 2 of my favorite Tengen games that were never released as licensed version, yet tons of people had them in their collections…


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Rolling Thunder – If you have never played this, PLAY IT! They need an XBLA / PSN re-vamp of this game!
Posted by: puckuluck


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TOOBIN’ – Toobin’ was a fun, mindless game. Really fun in the arcade.
Posted by: sosafan2

I know there are other companies that put out unlicensed Nintendo games back in the day (which I may touch on in the future) but this is probably the most known.


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