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Check Out This Incredible Photo of Nintendo's First HQ
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Check Out This Incredible Photo of Nintendo's First HQ

Nintendo began as a small company selling Hanafuda playing cards in 1889. Now, thanks to French publisher Omake Books (via Eurogamer), we can see what its first humble Kyoto headquarters looked like. The photo comes from a website called "Memories of Kyoto, 150 Years After The Meiji Period." The blog post dives into the genealogy of Nintendo founder Fusajiro Yamauchi. Originally born Fusajiro Fukui, he was adopted into the Yamauchi family in 1881 and made director of its construction company, Haiko, that same year. He then founded Nintendo and ran both companies until 1916, according to the blog post. He sold both companies to his son-in-law (also, apparently, adopted). Haiko maintained a good relationship with Nintendo over the years and reportedly built most of its buildings.

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