Nintendo: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Our part one article astounded you with the first set of seven things you didn’t know about Nintendo, and now we have come back to you with part two! Our top eight things that you didn’t know about the video game masters are sure to surprise you, and you can only discover them when you read on!

Number Eight: Nintendo Powerfest

If you thought celebrity musicians were the only people who got to go on world tours, you would be highly mistaken. In 1990, Nintendo promoted its product internationally with a unique World Championships Tour that went by the enticing name Powerfest.

Number Seven: The Truth About Mario

As odd as it may seem, the character of Mario was actually based on the landlord of the Nintendo warehouse stationed in America. The company had apparently slacked on their rent quite a few times, producing a very angry young Mario. In addition, his initial title was to be “Mr. Video”.

Number Six: The Prize Game

If you have an ancient collection of NES game cartridges lying around, you may just want to give it a second glance sometime. The most coveted and rare NES game today is considered to be Stadium Events, which last sold for a hefty sum of $41,300.

Number Five: Breaking Records

For the longest time, the NES held the title of the best-selling game system in history. Its record sales have only recently been surpassed by the Wii system.

Number Four: Man, That Game is Nintendo Hard

Believe it or not, that is actually a common phrase in the modern world of gaming. NES games were specially designed to be ultra-hard, in an attempt to make these games last longer. From this reputation, the phrase “Nintendo Hard” was born.

Number Three: Pioneering Gaming

The Nintendo company is responsible for a wide array of the console trends we see today. In fact, they were the first to introduce the concept of a cross-shaped D-pad. The concept was initially created in the design of a portable version of Donkey Kong but decided it was a better fit to the new NES.

Number Two: The Elite Line

Every single one of the NES games manufactured or approved by Nintendo was available only in gray cartridges. That is, except for the elite line of Zelda games. The original Zelda and the Link sequel were to only games that came in a color other than gray and were sold in elegant gold carts.

Number One: You Ruined Your Games

The well-known quick fix for a game that didn’t work was to simply blow some air into the cartridge of the game. Right? Wrong. This method of cleaning the games would actually just disperse spit onto the metal parts, which caused the copper to oxidize. Essentially, we were all ruining our games for years. We hope you enjoyed reading about the 15 things that you didn’t know about Nintendo!