Nintendo of Europe GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Nintendo Co. Ltd. The Japanese company, founded as a toy manufacturer in Kyoto in 1889 and still headquartered there, has been an international leader in interactive entertainment for several decades. Nintendo produces and markets the hardware and software for its TV consoles Wii U and Wii, and for its portable video gaming systems from the Nintendo 3DS series.
Wii and Wii U make it possible to control games with natural movements. Wii U also has a controller with its own touchscreen – the Wii U GamePad – and thus combines the advantages of TV-based and portable consoles. The Nintendo 3DS family consists of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, which can display 3D images without 3D glasses and the basic version Nintendo 2DS.
Since the company released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1983, more than 4.1 billion video games and 660 million game consoles have been sold around the world. This includes the aforementioned console generation, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube.
With the products NES and Game Boy, in 1989 Nintendo triggered a boom in video gaming in Germany which still continues today. Nintendo is also behind the creation of many iconic figures in international video gaming culture, such as the globally famous characters Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran from the series Metroid, Link from The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon.
Nintendo of Europe GmbH was founded in 1990 with its headquarters in the Bavarian town of Großostheim and functions as the central office for Nintendo’s European business activities. More information on Nintendo can be found at the Website www.nintendo-europe-media.com.