Fan Service: Knowing the Basics

Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 10/16/2012 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

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  • Origin: Nintendo was originally established in 1889 in which it made Hanafuda playing cards. They were also involved in a number of other ventures which eventually failed until around 1975 when they started to focus on arcade games which soon evolved into video games.
  • Most Notable Systems: Nintendo Entertainment System (1985), Game Boy (1989), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991), Nintendo 64 (1996), Game Boy Color (1998), Nintendo GameCube (2001), Game Boy Advance (2001), Nintendo DS (2004) and Nintendo Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Nintendo Wii U (2012)
  • Ten Important Franchises: Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Metroid, Kirby, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, Wii Series and Game & Watch
  • Names to Know: Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda, Pikmin and more and Nintendo EAD manager), Satoru Iwata (Nintendo president), Reggie Fils-Aimes (Nintendo of America president), Satoru Shibata (Nintendo of Europe president)

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2 Responses to “Fan Service: Knowing the Basics”

  • 27 points
    shadownin says...

    That Darkrai in the picture should be a Kyurem because he is the third pokemon that goes with Zekrom and Reshiram who are right behind Darkei and Kyurem is the 13th strongest pokemon going by base stats (Slaking and Regigigas don’t count because of their awful abilitys). So it would be interesting to know why the person who made the piture put Darkrai there. It would also be interesting to see the piture redone with Kyurem there instead of Darkrai.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The picture is obviously a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a famous painting depicting Jesus and the 12 disciples, and Darkrai is used in this version to take the place of Judas. While Kyurem fits more logically with Reshiram and Zekrom, I believe the artist chose Darkrai because of the more obvious connotations of doom and destructions attached to Darkrai, as well as nightmares, perceived betrayal and the fact it lives in shadow (similar to the lighting in which the original Judas was painted.)

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