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Things You Didn’t Know About Nintendo

You know Nintendo but do you REALLY know Nintendo. Back in the day, there used to be a channel called G4TV which talked all about video games including offering a special on Nintendo’s past. Unfortunately, according to listings from sites like http://www.directstartv.com/, G4 is a little hard to come by these days so, today, we’re offering a brief write-up on some little known facts about Nintendo.

1. Risque Playing Cards
Nintendo is a pretty household, family-friendly name but did you know that they used to be a major purveyor of rather risky or risqu playing cards. The cards are pretty tame by today’s standards but featured models in various states of undress.

2. Wanted to Be a Mangaka
Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of Mario and Zelda and Donkey Kong, originally wanted to be a comic artist or a mangaka. This yearning is still reflected in his work today where he infuses his visual sense in many of his games.

3. Miyamoto’s Other First Son
Everyone thinks Miyamoto’s first games were of the Mario variety, but his first NES game was quite different. This game was known as Devil World and would have been Miyamoto’s debut NES game in the US had it not been banned for use of demonic imagery.