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Old 02-21-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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The History of Nintendo (1889 - 1997) part IV

A new era - (1990 -97)
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The SNES and the Nintendo 64!
One year after that Sega has released their Genesis (a.k.a. Mega Drive) in USA Nintendo releases their Super Famicom (SNES). 1993 Nintendo starts planning on their new "Ultra 64" (Later renamed Nintendo 64). Later (around christmas 1995) Sony releases their Playstation and Sega their Saturn and in 1996 Nintendo enters the 64 bit market with their Nintendo 64.

1990 The Super Famicom is out in Japan and Super Mario Bros 3 is released.
The SNES/Super Famicom is released
On the 21:th of November The Super Famicom is finally released in Japan but it would take 2 whole years for the console to be released "world-wide"! The machine was so popular that it sold out in 3 days. Many shops actually had to run a lottery to see who that was the lucky ones to get a copy!
Super Mario Bros 3 is released
The great Super Mario Bros 3 is also released and revenued 500 dollars in USA only which is beaten in the field of entertainment only by ET (at least until 1993)! Much thanks to movie "The Wizard" showed at cinemas last year every kid wanted a copy of the new game and it sold in 18 million copies world wide which makes it the most sold stand alone video game ever!
The Nintendo World Championship
This year Nintendo arranged a similar competition like the competition in the "The Wizard" movie. The show was called the Nintendo World Championship just like in the movie and was arranged in 30 major cities across USA. The players competited in a special Thriatlon gamepak consisting of point collecting event in SMB1, Rad Racer and Tetris. Insufficient rules on how to play allowed smart players to get incredibly big scores (around 850.000p when others got around 350.000!).
After a period of chip shortages where the publishers only were allowed to manufacture specified number of cartridges and titles, Nintendo informs third party publishers that it will end its policy of chip allocation at the end of the year.
Color Dreams "pulls a Tengen"
Nintendo sues Color Dreams for producing unlicensed NES games. Nintendo lost the suit so Color Dreams could continue to produce games that was not licensed by Nintendo.
The Game Genie
At the SCES Lewis Galoob Toys announces the Game Genie. Nintendo claims that the Game Genie lessens the life of a game by allowing players to use codes making the games too easy and tries to prevent them from releasing it which they fail to do. A company called Camerica helps Galoob to distribute the Game Genie. Later on Nintendo manages to prevent Galoob from releasing their Game Genie in the US.

Facts and Stats.
Nintendo has at least 85% of the video game market.
7.5 million Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES) and 70 million NES games are sold this year. 3.2 million Game Boys are sold. According to an article written by Ms. Lorianne Denne in the December 17 issue of The Puget Sound Business Journal, 70% of all American homes with children between ages 8 and 15 have Nintendo products and that last year (1989), on every dollar spent on toys 16 cents went to Nintendo! According to figures provided by Nintendo of America, video game sales this year are $3.4 billion. Games of importance released this year:/ Super Mario World SNES , Nintendo / Mega Man 3 NES , Capcom / Super C NES , Konami / Super Mario Bros 3 NES , Nintendo / Bubble Bobble GB , Taito / Bionic Command NES , Capcom / Rad Gravity NES , Interplay / Shadow of the Ninja/Blue Shadow NES Taito/(developer)Natsume / Duck Tales NES , Capcom / Dr. Mario NES/GB , Nintendo / Contra NES , Konami ? / Little Nemo The Dream Master NES , Capcom / Gremlins 2 NES , Sunsoft / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 NES , Konami / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles GB , Konami / Gargoyles Quest GB , Capcom / Gremlins GB , Sunsoft / North and South NES , Kemco/(developer)Sieka

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1992 The SNES is out in Europe and Zelda 3 is here!

In June 1992 the SNES is released in Europe and the Super Scope and the Super NES Mouse launched with Mario Paint is released. The long awaited Zelda 3 - A Link to the Past is finally released. Nintendo of America developed special Portable Fun Centers to assist Starlight Foundation in their work to make life easier for hospitalized kids. That way the kids could still play their favorite Nintendo games even though they was in a hospital (Isn´t Nintendo just plain great!)! Super Mario Land 2 is released (and sold in 7 million copies world wide) and the new Mario villain Wario is introduced. Super Mario Kart the most sold SNES game ever is released! Gunpei Yokoi and his R&D1 team with the aid of the people at Reflection Technology Inc. began planning on a new VR console (the Virtual Boy). Big companies like Electronic Arts, Disney and Lucas Arts signed up to do Nintendo games. Nintendo was now bigger than both IBM, Apple and Disney!
Hiroshi buys share of the Seattle Mariners!
Nintendo President, Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, offers to buy 60% share of the Seattle Mariners baseball team and says that he some day would like to move Nintendo’s headquarters from Japan to Seattle! In June that year Yamauchi and some other investors purchases the Seattle Mariners baseball club and for the first time in history a U.S. major league team is allowed majority ownership outside of North America!
The SNES CD -Read more about Nintendo's CD plans
Philips together with Nintendo and announced that the release date would be by Christmas that same year which was later they changed to 1993. Sega releases their Mega CD for $300 and Sony takes their revenge on Nintendo by making games for Sega's CD system! After a lot of pressure from other companies Nintendo began negotiating with Sony again and in October the two companies had come to an agreement (an agreement that would put Nintendo in control of the games released for the Playstation): Sony commented it by saying: "We concluded that we had to ally ourselves with Nintendo when we saw that it was going to be the 16-bit winner.
Super-FX chip
In August this year Nintendo announces the advent of the Super FX Chip that raised the SNES´s speed from 3.58 to sizzling 10.5! This leads to another delay for Nintendo's CD addon because it had to be upgraded to be better than the S-FX chip!
Galoob/Camerica are still not happy!Galoob/Camerica takes Nintendo to trial demanding compensation for the losses that Nintendo had caused them trying to stop the release of the Game Genie etc. A U.S. 9th Circuit Court judge in San Francisco awards Galoob Toys a $15 million judgement against Nintendo of America.
Camerica releases their Aladdin System
At the WCES Camerica (that before had helped Galoob with the lauch of the Game Genie) announced a new "mystic" NES device called the Alladin System. The Alladin System was an addon that you plug in to NES's cartridgeslot. You could then plug in the NES game on top of the addon. So what, you might think but the smart thing about this was that the Alladinsystem contained all the 5 different MMC chips, so that the game themselves didn´t had to. The system also included a 64K upgrade for better graphics and bigger games and came bundled with an game called "Dizzy the Adventurer" that was based on an old C64, Amiga game. After a while Camerica went out of business and allthough that Codemasters were planning on releasing it in whole North America it was only released in small quantities in some stores and not many games were actually released for the system (Camerica assured that 30 games were in production for the Alladinsystem but only 6 of them were ever completed).

Facts and Stats.
Nintendo had 90 - 95% of the Japanese video game market and had around the end of this year they had about 75-80% of the whole video game market.
This year Nintendo was more profitable than any American filmstudio and it´s pretax profits was at least 1 billion dollars. Around this year Nintendo netted as much as All the American movie industries combined!!!! However since manufacturing games is so expensive, Nintendo "only" profited more than any american movie studio or as much as 3 TV networks combined. This year 170 million Nintendo games were released worldwide. These games were worth all together 7 billion dollars and Nintendo got there share of the money for all the games released (the companies had to pay Nintendo for each game they released for Nintendo´s consoles)! Studies by Nielsen Media Research showed that in a particular age group the kids spent more time playing Nintendo games than they did watching cartoons on TV! Games of importance released this year:/ Final Fantasy 5 SNES , Square / Zelda 3 - A link to the past SNES , Nintendo / Kirby´s Dreamland GB , HAL/Nintendo / Mega Man 2 GB , Capcom / Bubsy SNES , Accolade / R-Type 2 GB , Irem / Darkwing Duck , Disney / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 NES , Konami / Dej'a Vu NES , Kemco/(developer)Seika / RC Pro Am 2 NES , Rare/Nintendo / Mega Man 3 NES , Capcom / Gargoyles Quest 2 NES , Capcom / Maniac Mansion NES , Jaleco / Mega Man 1 GB , Capcom / Street Fighter 2 NES , Capcom / Super Mario Kart SNES , Nintendo / Flintstones NES , Taito / Mega Man 5 NES , Capcom / Bucky O'Hare NES, Konami / Chip n Dale RR NES , Capcom / Final Fantasy Mystic Quest SNES , Square / Contra 3 - Alien Wars (Super Probotector) SNES , Konami / Axelay SNES , Konami / Super Adventure Island SNES , Hudson soft / Star Wars NES , Lucas Arts

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1993 The Super FX chip´s announced and Zelda 4 and Super Mario Allstars is released!

Nintendo continues to promote for their new Super FX Chip. The first game using this chip is released in April and the name was, Star Fox (renamed Star Wing in Europe). This year Nintendo celebrates their 100 millionth Mario game sold and releases the Mario game collection named Super Mario Allstars featuring SMB1, SMB2 (both US/European and Japanese game) and SMB3, all with improved graphics and sound!
Nintendo announces their 64-bit plans!
In August this year Nintendo announces that they and Silicon Graphics will develop a new console under the name Project Reality. The machine will have a 100Mhz 64 bit MIPS RISC-processor and be able to create great 3dimensional worlds never seen before in the history of video gaming. The release is planned to the end of 1995.
The NES is re-released!
In a last attempt to regain life to the NES, Nintendo released a new redesigned NES in Japan and USA. It came bundled with a gamepak including both Final Fantasy 1 & 2 (The NES games). With the aid of this FF collection the NES sold 1 million copies that year, outselling the SNES in some cities!
The fourth Zelda game: Zelda 4 - Links Awakening is released for the Game Boy. Another title released for the Game Boy was Super Wario Land (SML3) with Wario as the hero instead of Mario, which was liked by some and disliked by some. Personally i think he´s just so cool!
On Friday the 28:th May the Super Mario Bros- The Movie was released. This year the Mortal Kombat game was released for the SNES and the Genesis, but Nintendo´s policies removing the blood and gore from the SNES version lead to that the Genesis version out -old the SNES version at a factor of 8 to 1 in many places!
The SNES CD -Read more about Nintendo's CD plans here!
In early 93 Nintendo together with Philips announced some new tech specs for the machine and there were rumours about a new Zelda game and a Street Fighter 2 sequel for the SNES CD. The release date was set to Autumn 1993 but the price was still $200. Nintendo promises to show the CD addon on the S.C.E.S show later the same year...
They later changes the release date to be early 94.
When the S.C.E.S. at last came Nintendo didn't showed any CD system at all instead they introduced new S-FX games like FX-Trax (a.k.a. Stunt Race FX) and Super Mario Allstars but not a word about any CD...
Later that year Nintendo announced that they wouldn't release any SNES CD at all!

Facts and Stats.
In the beginning of this year Nintendo had about 75-80% of the market. Games of importance released this year:/ Secret of Mana SNES , Square / Super Mario Allstars SNES , Nintendo / Final Fantasy Legend 3 GB , Square / Super Wario Land SNES , Nintendo / Jurrasic Park NES , Ocean / Kirby´s Adventure NES , HAL / Zelda 4 - Link´s Awakening GB , Nintendo / Breath of Fire (Japan) SNES , Capcom / Alfred Chicken NES , Mindscape/(developer)Twilight / Top Rank Tennis GB , Nintendo / Kirby´s Pinball Land GB , HAL / Joe and Mac 2 SNES , Data East / Gods SNES , Mindscape / Mega Man 4 GB , Capcom / Alien 3 SNES , Acclaim / Bubble Bobble jr. (2) GB , Taito / Mortal Kombat 3 GB , Midway / Prince of Persia SNES , Konami / Star Wars SNES , JVC / Tetris 2 GB , Nintendo / Tetris FLASH/BLAST GB , Nintendo / Zombies ate my Neighbours SNES , Konami / Solomons Key 2 NES , Tecmo / Mega Man 3 GB , Capcom / Mega Man 6 NES , Capcom / Duck Tales 2 NES , Capcom / Lost Vikings SNES , Interplay/(developer)Blizzard / Street Fighter 2 Turbo SNES , Capcom / Mortal Kombat SNES , Acclaim / Mega Man 5 NES , Capcom / Stunt Race FX SNES , Nintendo / Lufia SNES , Taito / Cybernator SNES , Konami / Star fox/Star Wing SNES , Nintendo/(developer)Argonaut and Nintendo / Shadow Run SNES , Data East / Wizards and Warriors NES 3 , Acclaim / Flashback SNES , Sony / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 GB , Konami / Mega Man X SNES , Capcom / Mc Donaldland NES , ? / Yoshi´s Cookie SNES, NES, GB , Nintendo / Prince of Persia NES , Konami ?

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1994 This "The year of the Cartridge" brought to us Super Game Boy, Donkey Kong Country and yet more Super FX games!

1994 was a big year for Nintendo in many ways. The Super Game Boy was released that made it possible for players to play Game Boy games on their SNES consoles in color! The Nintendo Gateway System that was a system with SNES:s mounted in traffic airplanes that made it possible for the passengers to play games as the traveled, reached out to 40 million travelers.
Nintendo celebrates their 1 Billionth gamepak sold!!!!
Project Reality will not use CDs!
Nintendo announces that their new Project Reality project will use normal cartridges instead of CDs which causes big attention in media. On CES Nintendo announces that their Project reality would be renamed Ultra 64 in the US.
The ACM technology!
Super Metroid
is released and Rare releases it´s newest game Donkey Kong Country which was the first game featuring rendered graphics only. This was done by the Advanced Computer Modeling (ACM) technique. The magazines and press raises this game to the skies for it´s great graphics and Nintendo had got a weapon against Sony´s and Sega´s upcoming 32-bits consoles! The slogan was "You don´t need a 32 bit console to play awesome games like this!! (or something like that)!
Super FX is still going strong
The future looked bright for the Super FX chip too, with games like Stunt Race FX (a.k.a. Wild Trax) and Vortex (a.k.a. Citadel) released and many more announced like for example William´s DOOM and Argonauts Transformers (Which was sadly never released)! Many of these FX games were using Nintendo´s new Super FX 2 chip which was twice as fast as the original FX chip and brought the SNES:s speed up to sizzling 21.0 Mhz!
The Virtual Boy
Rumours about Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi´s new VR console circulated in the media. The machine was going to be previewed at the Shoshinkai exhibition later on. When the Shoshinkai finally came, the press was deeply disappointed on this "hyper hyped" product and at first they only considered it a pathetic attempt from Nintendo to draw attention from Sony and Sega´s 32 consoles. Then big confusion broke out, after all the Virtual Boy was produced by Nintendo, one of the most respected video game companies, it simply couldn´t be that bad if it came from Nintendo! Or could it!? The VB games previewed later on at the S.C.E.S. exhibit was quite good and the press began to think that maybe they had judged the Virtual Boy to hard.
The last NES game ever released was released this year: Wario´s Woods released by Nintendo. Also Nintendo of America gets a new chairman: Mr. Howard Lincoln. The Exertainment system is showed at the SCES Chicago, for under $1,000 you could get an exercycle that integrates with a SNES! Games of importance released this year:/ Super Metroid SNES , Nintendo / Super Adventure Island 2 SNES , Hudson soft / Stunt Race FX SNES , Nintendo / Mega Man 5 GB , Capcom / Super Punch Out SNES , Nintendo / Fifa International Soccer SNES , EA / Game Boy Gallery GB , Nintendo / Super Street Fighter 2 SNES , Capcom / Mortal Kombat 2 SNES , Acclaim / Final Fantasy 6 Japan 94 SNES , Square / Final Fantasy Mystic Quest GB , Square / Donkey Kong GB , Nintendo / Uniracers/Unirally SNES , Nintendo / Breath of Fire (USA) SNES , Square / Breath of Fire 2 SNES , Capcom / Super Bomberman 2 SNES , Hudson / Contra 2 GB , Taito / Super Punch Out SNES , Nintendo / Vortex SNES , Electro Brain/(developer)argonaut / Robocop 3 SNES , Ocean ? / Donkey Kong Country SNES , Rare / Wario Blast GB , Nintendo/Hudson / Super R-Type 3 SNES , Irem / Syndicate SNES , Bullfrog / Black Thorne/Blackhawk SNES , Interplay/(developer)Blizzard
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1995 The Virtual Boy is out and the Nintendo 64 showed and RARE more made more ACM games!

Nintendo and Silicon Graphics are completely finished with the Nintendo 64 and announces that they will release it in Japan the US and Europe in april 1996. In October Nintendo officially renames the machine Nintendo 64 and shows pictures of the both the machine and it´s revolutionizing analog "3d-stick" and soon info about the new 3dimensional Mario games starts to leak out. Later that year at the Shoshinkai exhibition in Tokyo it was world premier for the N64 and 13 games including Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, Mario Kart 64 and a new Zelda adventure were previewed . In Yamauchi´s annual speech he mentions the 64 Disk Drive, Nintendo´s answer to the CD-ROM that would be previewed at the Next Shoshinkai (96).
Nintendo buys in to a quarter ownership of Rare (the dudes behind e.g.. Donkey Kong Country) which makes Rare the first non-japanese videogame company that Nintendo buys ownership in. Rare´s new ACM games Donkey Kong Country 2 -Diddy´s Kong Quest and Killer Instinct are released and the ACM graphics was introduced on the Game Boy with release of Donkey Kong Land and the hugely awaited sequel to SMW released 4 years earlier, Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi´s Island using the FX-2 chip, is finally released! At the Winter Consumer Electronics Show some new FX 2 games were previewed like: Nintendo´s 3 games: Star Fox 2, FX Fighter (an conversion of the PC game) and Comanche. None of Star Fox2 or FX Fighter was ever released. Electro Brain´s previewed their new FX 2 game Dirt Trax FX. On funny thing was that a man named Mr. Shawn J. Freeman that was from Arizona was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a pre-release copy of Star Fox 2!
On the 21:th July the Virtual Boy was finally released in Japan but it didn´t sell good at all and at Shoshinkai the same year Hiroshi Yamauchi (The Nintendo president) said in his speech that the Virtual Boy had sold poorly but that they hadn´t lost faith in the console yet! After that some better games were released but the gamers was simply not interested! So the Virtual Boy became Nintendo´s biggest mistake ever! On Saturday, September 9, Sony releases their CD-based 32-bit console the PlayStation the worst enemy of the N64!
Nintendo Vs. Samsung Electronics
Nintendo accuses Samsung for spreading Nintendo games to pirate companies. I don't know who won the trial but I don't think that Nintendo continued to do business with Samsung any longer...
Games of importance released this year:/ Final Fantasy 6 SNES , Square / Chrono Trigger SNES , Square / Donkey Kong Country 2 SNES , Rare / Donkey Kong Land GB , Rare / Earth Worm Jim GB , Playmates / Tetris Attack SNES , Nintendo / Goemon SNES , Konami / Worms GB,SNES , East Point Software/originaly by_Team 17 / Super Return of the Jedi SNES , JVC / Dirt Racer FX SNES , Electro Brain / Puzzle Bobble SNES , Taito / Street Fighter 2 GB , Capcom / Rock n Roll Racing SNES , Interplay ? / NHL95 GB , Electronic Arts / Doom SNES , Williams / Yoshi´s Cookie GB , Nintendo/Bullet Proof / Mega Man 7 SNES , Capcom / Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi´s Island SNES , Nintendo / Killer Instinct GB , Nintendo/Rare / Kirby´s Dreamland 2 GB , HAL/Nintendo / Mario´s Picross GB , Nintendo / International Superstar Soccer SNES , Konami / Earth Worm Jim SNES , Playmates / Castlevania X SNES , Konami / Lost Vikings 2 SNES , Interplay/(developer)Blizzard
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1996 The Nintendo 64 and the Game Boy Pocket hits Japan and Square shocks the worlds Nintendo-RPG-gamers!

More N64 and Squares leaves Nintendo for the Playstation.
The 1:st of February Nintendo announces that their 64 bit project would be named Nintendo 64 in the whole world and that the US release date will be the 30:th september and that the N64 not will be out in Europe before sometime later that autumn. The 10:th the same month Square shocks the worlds RPG players when they quits their long cooperation with Nintendo after many years of developing great RPGs for the NES and SNES. They cancels their new Final Fantasy game that they had planned to develop for the N64 and decides to develop it for the Playstation instead. They said that it´s due to the fact that the Playstation with it´s CD system is more suitable for large RPG games than Nintendo´s cartridges (which is true...). On the 8:th mars Nintendo announces that the japanese release date will now be the 23:rd June although that the US and Europe release dates won't be affected.
At last, the 23:th June the Nintendo 64 is released in Japan! (Nintendo sold 500.000 units the first day in Japan! that´s almost 6 unit/second!). The 1:st October the N64 is released in the USA and sold in one week in as many copies as the Playstation sold in 13 weeks! Super Mario 64 is released and was quickly announced as the best game ever by many video game magazines!
For the SNES, two big game were released: Super Mario RPG and Donkey Kong Country 3! On Friday, June 27, the Game Boy version of the Tamagotchi game is released in Japan and in October in the USA.
The Game Boy Pocket
The Game Boy Pocket, a improved version of the Game Boy that was smaller, lighter and with a better screen were released this year and the companies started making GB games again.
Gunpei Yokoi leaves Nintendo
The 15:th August only week after the release of the Game Boy Pocket, Gunpei handed in his resignation after around 30 years at Nintendo. Games of importance released this year:/ Mega Man X 3 SNES , Capcom / Sim City 2000 SNES , Nintendo / Donkey Kong Country 3 - Dixie's double trouble SNES , Rare / Super Mario RPG SNES , Square/Nintendo / Tamagotchi GB , Nintendo

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1997 Pocket Monsters Mania! Gunpei Yokoi is killed in a tragical car accident....

On the 1:st March the Nintendo 64 is finally released in Europe (I bought my copy that same day!). The Pocket Monsters was released for the Game Boy and sold twice as much as Final Fantasy VII (the newest Final Fantasy game for the Playstation)! Pocket Monsters helped the Game Boy to outsell the Nintendo 64 in Japan. The 4:th October the video game industry lost one of it´s greatest people when Gunpei Yokoi died in a tragical car accident, 57 years old.
Nintendo Vs. Games City
Nintendo sues Games City for selling various back-up devices (such as the Game Doctor (a SNES back-up machine) and the Doctor V64 (a N64 back-up machine)) and CD's containing pirated Nintendo games. Nintendo wins the trial and recieves $100.000 and Games City is forced to stop selling all of these kinds of softwares.
Games of importance released this year:/ Pocket Monsters GB , Nintendo / Harvest Moon SNES , Natsume
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