Nintendo is a Japanese multinational company that is known for producing video games and consoles. It was founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi as a playing card company, but it eventually evolved into a video game company in the 1970s.
The company's first foray into video games was in 1977 with the release of the Color TV-Game console, which featured a handful of built-in games. In the 1980s, Nintendo released its first home video game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The NES was a hit and helped revitalize the video game industry after the video game crash of 1983.
In the 1990s, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and the Game Boy, both of which were successful and had a large library of games. The company also experimented with virtual reality with the Virtual Boy, though it was not successful.
In the 2000s, Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo GameCube, and the Nintendo DS. It also released the Wii, which became extremely popular thanks to its innovative motion controls. In the 2010s, Nintendo released the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch, the latter of which has been a major success.
Throughout its history, Nintendo has been known for producing popular franchises such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. The company has also worked with other developers to produce games for its consoles, and it has a strong presence in the mobile gaming market.