The History of Nintendo v2: A mini review
The History of Nintendo Volume 1 offered a great backdrop to Nintendo’s dominance ranging from playing cards in 1889 all the way through an array of toys leading to the inevitable: They would be a video games company. Volume 2 takes a look at the Game & Watch games and just how important these were for technology as a whole.
Once again and written by Florent Gorges in collaboration with Isao Yamazaki and published by pix’n love publishing this is once again a must for any Nintendo fan. Starting with a very personal story on his fifth birthday, Gorges shows us how he first became aware of Game & Watch an therefore Nintendo leading onto a lifetime obsession.
Gunpei Yokoi is obviously the person to start with and getting the context of how he was first inspired by this idea in the late 70s by seeing a man playing with a calculator on the train. The importance of a LCD game is shown in this book with how such a knock on effect was made on a technology that was dying (LCD was on its way out at the time).
As was the case with the first volume the first half brings a lot of stories that just show sometimes you need to be in the right place at the right time but are balanced with stories of people working their socks off to get this done. The second part brings the more encyclopedic look at Game & Watch including looking at versions that I didn’t know existed (for example a colour table top version) which makes this a great reference point for Nintendo’s past.
The downside of this book is that it’s translated from French so sometimes things just seem a bit awkward to read. There are times in the book where it switches from past tense to present tense despite being the same story, in addition to that there are several points where punctuation just changes. For example if quoting a game name it would be ‘Donkey Kong’ in one part, <<Donkey Kong>> in another and in one section it even states ‘Donkey Kong>>. The book could have done with another proofread but don’t let that take away from the fact that this is once again a must have for all video game fans.
You can order the book at http://www.pixnlovepublishing.com/.