Nintendo Co., Ltd. 任天堂株式会社 (Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha? ) is a multinational corporation located in Kyoto, Japan. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it produced handmade hanafuda cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a love hotel. Eventually, Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan's third most valuable listed company, with a market value of over US$85 billion. Nintendo is the fifth largest software company in the world. Besides video games, Nintendo is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners, a Major League Baseball team in Seattle, Washington. According to Nintendo's Touch! Generations website, the name "Nintendo" translated from Japanese to English means "Leave luck to Heaven". As of October 2, 2008, Nintendo has sold over 470 million hardware units and 2.7 billion software units. Microsoft has bought Rare from Nintendo in 2004, whcih had a video game character named Conker on both of their consoles, the old Nintendo 64, and the Xbox.
Nintendo has produced and developed many games for many years. The most notable are for example, the Mario, Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid series. The most notable games produced by them are:
Donkey Kong (Arcade: 1981)
Mario Bros. (Arcade, NES: 1984)
The Legend of Zelda (NES: 1986)
Metroid (NES: 1989)
Kirby's Dream Land (GameBoy: 1993)
Pokemon: Red and Blue (GameBoy: 1998)