Friday, March 7, 2014

Now You're Playing With... Power?

Nintendo has always been a powerhouse in the world of video games (it actually has the highest revenue, beating Microsoft and Sony). However, some things just went PLAIN WRONG. The company popped up back in 1889, and it made hanafuda cards.

Nintendo tried other things (such as toys and love hotels) but eventually came upon electronic entertainment. Their Magnavox Odyssey was sold in 1975 (Japan only, of course), which predated Atari's Pong. The rest would seem to be history, right? WRONG ANSWER AGAIN, SIR. The Nintendo Power Glove was sold as an accessory for the NES in 1989, which tried to implement motion control 17 years too soon.

The SNES and Phillips CD-i snafu is pretty elusive in terms of information, but the gist of things is that Nintendo partnered with Sony, then dropped this and teamed with Phillips instead to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. Such never happened though, and a Sony-Phillips team made the CD-i instead. Nintendo franchises began to pop up on the console (Hotel Mario and whatnot), which weren't actually licensed by the big N. However, by their contract, Phillips was allowed to do so...

Alright, that's all I have for today. Next time, I'll be finishing this chronology of Nintendo's failures, so stay tuned!!

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