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Type: Public
Founded: September 23, 1889
Founder(s): Fusajiro Yamauchi
Headquarters: Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Key people: Shuntaro Furukawa (president)
Shigeru Miyamoto (fellow)
Services: Nintendo eShop
My Nintendo
Nintendo Switch Online
Divisions: Nintendo EPD
Nintendo PTD
Nintendo BDD
1-Up Studio
Mario Club
Monolith Soft
Next Level Games
Nintendo European Research & Development
Nintendo Sales
Nintendo Software Technology
Nintendo Technology Development
Retro Studios

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese consumer electronics and video game company based in Minami-ku, Kyoto. Founded in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta which produced handmade hanafuda playing cards. In 1977, Nintendo manufactured the first game system, the Color TV-Game, which was succeeded by the Family Computer in Japan and the Nintendo Entertainment System available in the rest of world. The company gained international recognition with the release of the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong and later with Super Mario Bros., a platform video game released in 1985.

Due to the success of the NES, Nintendo started producing other consoles, with the most successful being the Game Boy, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Nintendo DS, the Wii, and the Nintendo Switch. The company is also notable for publishing video games of the Super Mario and Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Kirby, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and Super Smash Bros. franchises.

Bad Qualities

In General

  1. While Nintendo is well-known for the high quality of their games and although they made only a small portion of them, they made or/and published some questionable games that deserve an entire list on this wiki.
  2. They are way too overprotective of their IPs and have written lots of C&D orders to fan made games as well, while justified since Nintendo owns the rights and they could lose their trademarks when the creators illegally profit off their IPs (for example, Pokémon Brick Bronze), they take them down in a harsh way.
  3. They will shutdown their mobile games 1-2 years after it was made if they financially flopped real hard. If you spent money on one of the apps that shutdown, you would lose that money spent on the game and that money would never come back. For Dr. Mario World, at the very least the game gave you unlimited lives for the rest of the games' lifespan if you bought anything with real money, but still. Heck, Dragalia Lost is also getting shut down as well.
  4. They've taken lots of measures against third parties that have tried to work with them to create eSport events for Super Smash Bros., all because they simply don't see the game that way.
  5. Plenty of their games from the Switch era have followed the "Release Now, Fix Later" mindset that sustains most games as service cases. For example, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (although its predecessor New Leaf somehow followed such a concept, with one major content update releasing in 2016 with never before seen content), Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mario Strikers: Battle League (even going as far as to remove key characters like Princess Daisy, who is regarded as one of the best characters in the Mario Strikers series, only to probably patch her in later via a future update), Nintendo Switch Sports, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Kirby: Star Allies, and Mario Tennis: Aces. Not to say that they rushed a good chunk of their games in the past, but this system proves that point even more. Sure some of those games we mentioned were not bad to begin with but it gets annoying quickly. Despite this however, it's usually free depending on the game despite it's annoying nature.
  6. They use the awful artificial scarcity tactic for some products, making them a huge target for scalpers.
  7. Like Sony, they copied Microsoft's idea of making online play a paid service, and thus making online multiplayer on the main consoles not free anymore (apart from that on older consoles which are still free). This is mitigated, though, by the fact that Nintendo Online is cheaper than PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
    • Despite this, they released another subscription plan that includes a rental of the Animal Crossing New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 DLCs (which are $25 separately), the ability to purchase Nintendo Switch compatible N64 and Genesis controllers, and Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games for an additional $30 a year on top of the normal plan, or a whopping 150% more than the original plan. This particular plan only costs $10 less than a PS Plus subscription for the same amount of time. These prices are so outrageous you may as well go get a used Nintendo 64 or Genesis/Mega Drive from eBay or your nearest pawn shop, as that may end up being cheaper than this subscription plan in the long run.
      • On that note, there is a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive collection, with a larger collection of these games on the Nintendo eShop for a decent price, and you get to keep them forever, unlike this subscription plan. In addition, some of the games found in the Nintendo Switch Online's Genesis library have been officially re-released on mobile, fully playable for free.
  8. They don't allow refunds on the eShop unlike other companies' online storefronts.
  9. They release ports of already existing games at full price and most of their games that have been out since. Even the Switch's launch hasn't gotten official price drops. The worst offender is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a full priced and rushed game compilation that just emulates of three Mario games that were barely upgraded and had emulation issues at launch. Also, the original Mario 64 is also going to release on Switch Online through a premium plan, making this release pointless.
  10. They are against online distribution of ROMs of old games, even if they aren't on the market anymore. They say this is because of "piracy" reasons, but again, these are out of print games we are talking about, so whether we get that old game through a legit copy or a free ROM, Nintendo isn't making any money off of it anymore.
    • Finding a copy of an out of print game is also pretty difficult. Some copies out there on the internet are in poor condition and some of them are too expensive (especially if it's a rare game, such as Metroid Prime Hunters, where it's kinda hard to find the full game because of the former only being available as a demo).
      • Some games like Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, had very limited releases and are very expensive to find nowadays, making the option of emulating them much more appealing to many people.
    • There are some rumors that Nintendo took an unofficial ROM from the internet of Super Mario Bros. and sold it on the Virtual Console service, which would make them hypocrites. However, some sources have disproven these rumors, saying that the reason why Nintendo's VC version is identical to the ROM they allegedly stole used a similar dumping method.
    • In addition, they took down the Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 port in April 2019, also claiming it is "piracy" despite the game being 35 years old that not many people play anymore, on a platform that has been long discontinued, ported to another system that has been out of market for years.
      • Similarly, they also took down the native port of Super Mario 64 for the PC in 2020, also claiming that was piracy, despite the fact that that port requires a ROM of the original Super Mario 64 anyways.
    • They are also against unofficial emulators as they took some of them down[1].
    • And due to the closure of all Nintendo eShops except for Nintendo Switch, none of their games made aside from the Switch's library can be legally purchased other than finding used copies of said games for their original hardware, or piracy if they were digital only releases. As for the NES, N64, and SNES games, they can only be streamed from that point onwards.
  11. They've been doing a strategy where they make some of their anniversary games limited release both physically and digitally in order to scare their fans into buying them before they're gone. (Similar to the extremely infamous Disney Vault)
    • What's even worse about this, is that they've been doing it during a pandemic where lots of people are having issues with their financial stability.
  12. Sometimes they take down music videos on YouTube containing songs for Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda and many more, yet they won’t officially release their soundtrack to an online service officially. Almost every Mario Kart Wii music track on GilvaSunner's channel has been taken down. This is likely because YouTube videos can be converted to MP3 files, resulting in music theft.
  13. Although it depends on your opinion, they've recently made some of their characters including Mario (who is the company's mascot) punching bags starting from the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2018.
    • Although again depending on your view, this can be funny.
    • Thankfully, like Ash Ketchum in Pokemon the Series: Black & White and other characters who redeemed, Mario redeemed himself in Sora's trailer as he shake hands with him in the end of the final DLC trailer.
  14. Another infamous practice is that they often ignore criticism whether it's important or not.
    • Nintendo hasn't tried to improve their peer-to-peer paid online service which was already panned for being laggy especially on games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, since launch.
    • They've been ignoring the issue of Joy-Con drift and are doing very little to fix it aside from offering repairs, saying that Joy-Con drift "is not a real issue" (though it is possible that they thought it was something different)[2] which only last a few weeks before drifting again rather than re-designing the controller to remove the issue entirely (and yes, the Switch Lite still has the issue). Many suspect that Nintendo is pretending Joy-Con drift is not an issue in order to artificially increase the sales of Joy-Cons, with a few such as Max Gilardi insinuating that it was intentional. Until in 2021 only after a lawsuit, they fixed the drift by adding 2 pieces of foam at the back of the Joy-Con's back plastic case.
  15. The rerelease of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which was essentially a repeat of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars controversy, proved that they learned nothing.
    • Not to mention, many people noted that Nintendo's translation lost all the charm that the original fan translations had. Not helping matters is that Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, which was released long prior to that translation, was marred by poor dialogue choices.
  16. They tend to close the eShops of all their discontinued systems just because they no longer find them profitable:
    • Firstly, they stopped allowing users to add DSi Shop Points in 2016 and closed the Nintendo DSi shop in 2017, however, from 2017 to 2023, most of the DSiWare can still be bought on the 3DS eShop.
    • Following this, they stopped allowing users to add Wii Shop Points in 2018 and closed the Nintendo Wii shop in 2019, unlike the DSi, a lot of exclusive games made for the platform would be permanently lost to time if not for piracy.
    • The final straw to this issue is when Nintendo announced the closures of both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops in 2023, where credit card support has been removed worldwide, users will no longer be able to use prepaid eShop credit directly from these problems on August of 2022, and they plan to close the eShop in 2023. This would mean that MANY of their games would be lost without piracy including DSiWare, and certain games like Nintendo Badge Arcade will also shut down due to their over-reliance on microtransactions.
    • Without warning on March of 2022, the DSi and Wii shops have completely lost support, where users can no longer redownload games and get the transfer tools for these respective systems. Nintendo have said that this has been done for maintenance purposes, but they have done nothing to resolve this problem, and the two stores remain completely shut ever since, providing users with errors if they ever wished to open them again.
    • Unlike them, Sony have actually changed their mind after seeing the intense backlash that making the same decision have caused (except the PSP), further proving that Nintendo have learned nothing. In fact, the Xbox 360 Marketplace remains open to this day with no signs of decline.
  17. They often tend to cancel quite a few of their projects for rather poor reasons and sometimes for no reason at all, such as Yoshi Racing, which was meant to be a 3D platformer developed by Argonaut Games, but they rejected it for absolutely no reason at all and screwed over the development studio as a whole after the unfortunate cancellation of Star Fox 2 (until 2017, where it was released exclusively with the SNES Mini) which was cancelled due to nearly being released in when the fifth generation of consoles was still thriving and successful at that time with both the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn.
    • Speaking of the Sony PlayStation, it was supposed to be an add-on for the SNES but Nintendo again rejected because they preferred to work with Phillips, which angered Sony to the point where they made it an original console and became more successful than the N64.
  18. The Russian division is especially awful where the employees are treated terribly. The general manager of Nintendo Russia, Yasha Haddaji, insulted his staff on a live stream, he is also accused of sexual harassment, black mailing, abuse etc. Even after the allegation Nintendo still didn't fire him.
  19. Their business decisions and policies have brought them awful years since 2015 until now, especially in 2020 and 2021, which culiminated into a heavy brand damage to the company.
    • Regarding 2020, this was the year where Nintendo's practices were at their worst and even considered the most infamous out of all years, due to a combination of the aforementioned practices and wave after wave of data leaks. It's so bad, that it's considered even worse than the previous five years altogether.
    • Because of the above listed reasons, Nintendo has turned a large number of fans against them. In addition, it severely damaged their reputation as a company.
  20. Unlike either of their console competitors especially Sony which started making PC ports of their first-party exclusive games like God of War (2018), Nintendo is still stranger to PC gaming as they have to yet to port any of their first-party exclusive games to PC, making their games somewhat inaccessible to those who don't want a Nintendo console, although this is somewhat understandable since their games are meant to be specifically played for their consoles.

Back Then

  1. In 2015, they launched the infamous creator's program, which would allow Nintendo to take a quarter of ad-revenue from videos that use their content. This copyright system has received extreme controversy and backlash since it basically took down a plenty of gameplay videos even if they fell under fair use, causing the Nintendo Creator's Program to be shut down for good 3 years later.
    • And even though they shut it down, they keep continuing on filling false copyright claims on YouTube, starting from 2020.
  2. Despite what BQ#7 says, Nintendo were initially against the concept of online gaming, with the late president Satoru Iwata explained that "customers do not want online games."


  1. Their mobile game Mario Kart Tour has microtransactions and loot boxes, which is very out-of-character for them. They even has a Gold Pass that's even more expensive than the Nintendo Switch Online. Not long after, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp added not one, but two subscription-based services within the game that is just as, if not, more expensive than Mario Kart Tour's gold pass.
  2. They wrote a cease and desist order to The Big House, a Smash competition event for using a mod called Slippi, which would allow Melee to use rollback netcode. To make matters worse, when a lot of top competitors in a Splatoon 2 tournament showed their support for the Big House and the rest of the Smash community under the #FreeMelee movement, Nintendo cancelled their live stream of the event.
    • They even sent a cease and desist to Riptide for producing a tournament that used Project X, an updated Project M mod that aimed to fix certain issues players have with Super Smash Bros Brawl.
  3. They stopped supporting Netflix on the Wii U and 3DS in June 2021 with still no Switch app planned. It is likely Netflix will never be on the Switch as they wanted it to be a gaming first platform. However, this wasn't available in other countries to begin with.
    • However, this could be justified since Netflix made a huge controversy with the infamous Cuties film, which was panned by audiences for encouraging child porn by featuring 11 year old girls twerking while wearing suggestive clothing rather than trying to be against it.
  4. They wrote a C&D order to a group selling Etika-themed Joy-Cons that were being sold for mental health charities and were made to honor the memory of the late Etika, even though those Joy-Cons were infringing nothing. This was before it was revealed that Captain Alex, the person behind the Etikon sales, was exposed for being a total scammer since only 10$ of each sale is sent to charity while the remaining 55$ goes straight to the seller's pockets [3].
  5. Whenever they announce a Switch port of a Wii U game, they often delist it from the Wii U eShop, preventing people from buying it for cheaper. However, when Pikmin 3 got this treatment, there were enough complaints that shortly got the game back on the eShop. In fact, they even decided to get rid of the original Super Mario Maker on Wii U and removed the ability to share any more levels on March 31, 2021 due to the success of the sequel, however, its 3DS port is still available at Nintendo Selects prices until the 3DS eShop closure in 2023.
  6. It was leaked by someone in December of 2020 that Nintendo of America stalked people who mod their products. We are NOT joking.
    • Speaking of that leak, it was mentioned that 3DS hacker Neimod was fawned and indoctrinated into joining Nintendo by being provided prototypes and hardware samples for recreational use, interrogated for information and altering their response to the issue based on what he says. Provided prototype hardware for recreational purposes to discourage him from hacking Nintendo products. At the same time, coder Hector Martin also mentioned former Nintendo of America lawyer Jodi Daugherty "tracked down" the work phone of Wii homebrew hacker Bushing and called him "as an intimidatory tactic". Streamer Kaitlyn Molinas also pointed out a PR plan containing potential outcomes, including Nintendo receiving negative reputation and backlash from hackers and cyber attacks (which were all unaverted at the time of the leaks), for if "the public finds out that they hired a hacker from the homebrew scene".
    • In some regions, this could actually be illegal, and would result in huge fines or other penalties. If Nintendo of Europe attempted the same thing, the European Union would take serious legal action against them.
  7. In early 2021, they removed some DSiWare games on the American 3DS eShop for no reason and without prior warning, which doesn't make any sense at all[4], where even the co-creator of Shantae was also upset at Nintendo for their action[5]. Thankfully, most of them were brought back a week later. However, none of this would matter as there are plans to close the 3DS and Wii U eShops in March of 2023 anyway.

Good Qualities

Despite the bad business decisions, they are still regarded as a respectable company, as their games are still great, and thus, they are still good enough to continue to be on the Awesome Games Wiki.



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