Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a toy and home entertainment concern that is famous worldwide for its popular home video games.
1889: Fusajiro Yamauchi founds Nintendo Koppai in Kyoto, Japan, to manufacture hanafuda, Japanese playing cards.
The fact that the cards were often used for gambling was reflected in the name Yamauchi gave to his company. “Nin-ten-do” is written with characters that mean, roughly, “luck-heaven-hall,” or the place where you put your fortune in the hands of the gods.
The firm was the first to produce durable plastic-coated playing cards in Japan, and struck a deal to print cards with Disney characters on the backs.