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On This Day in Nintendo History: Fusajiro Yamauchi; Popeye no Eigo Asobi; Clu Clu Land; Mickey’s Racing Adventure

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On this day (November 22) in Nintendo history…

  • Fusajiro Yamauchi was born in 1859. A Japanese entrepreneur who founded the company that is now known as Nintendo. Yamauchi lived in Kyoto, Japan and had a wife and a daughter, Tei Yamauchi (who later married future Nintendo president and Fusajiro Yamauchi's successor, Sekiryo Kaneda). On November 6, 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi opened the first "Hanafuda" (flower cards) card shop called "Nintendo Koppai" during a time when the Japanese government was banning playing cards from the hands of the public, due to them being tied to gambling, with the exception of Yamauchi's playing cards. With the huge success he had in selling these cards, he rapidly began expanding and opened another card shop in Osaka. He later went on to create more cards. Fusajiro departed from the company in 1929, leaving his son-in-law Sekiryo Kaneda (whose name had changed to Sekiryo Yamauchi) in charge of the company. In the next eleven years Fusajiro remained out of the business until he had a stroke, which led to his death on January 1, 1940.

  • Popeye no Eigo Asobi was released in 1983 for the Family Computer in Japan. In this edutainment/arcade game, developed by Nintendo, Word Puzzle is a version of the classic word game Hangman, where you have to guess the word in the category by choosing letters with a limited number of attempts. In Word Puzzle A, you receive a clue in Japanese while World Puzzle B offers no clues other than the category.

  • Clu Clu Land was released in 1984 for the Family Computer in Japan. In this puzzle game, developed by Nintendo, take a deep breath, and venture through the mazes of the underwater kingdom of Clu Clu Land! The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land's gold bars and buried them in a series of maze. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you'll have to set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze.

  • Mickey's Racing Adventure was released in 1999 for the Game Boy Color in North America. In this racing/adventure game, developed by Rare, this jam-packed Pak brilliantly blends Rare's world-renowned gameplay with Disney's most beloved characters. Micky, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto put the pedal to the metal through five sprawling stages packed with 20 tracks and loads of puzzles.

What are you favourite memories of these games? How do you think they hold up today? Hash it out in the comments.

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