3 posts tagged nintendo history system
Bill Mudron’s excellent-looking Nintendo History System #1, a comic detailing the history of Nintendo from 1889-1970 (from the start of the company through the beginning of Gunpei Yokoi’s tenure as chief toy designer), is now available online in severely limited quantities.
If you want to learn through pretty pictures about the company’s pre-video-game workings, you might want to get over there now, before some jerk on a website tells everyone ab— oh.
[Update from Eric: Great. The damn thing is already sold out! WAY TO GO, JC.]
[Image via Fort90, who already has a copy and could be reading it right now like it’s no big deal OH GOD THE JEALOUSY]
Nintendo History System #1 chapbook (Prologue: 1889-1970). Artist Bill Mudron completed and printed the first issue of his Nintendo comic, and will start selling them tomorrow at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland. He says he’ll list the issue online for non-Portlanders to buy in the next week or two. I’ll let you know once it’s up!
If you examine the pages closely, you’ll notice it begins with a scene about Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, taking place right before his unexpected death. Also, one of the pages reveals that the next issue is dedicated to Yokoi and the birth of the Famicom.
[Via Bill Mudron]
Nintendo History System #1 cover by Bill Mudron (click for larger image and back cover). Regular Tiny Cartridge readers will recognize this as part of Mudron’s graphic novel project on the early history of Nintendo and the company’s important figures.
The back cover, which shows a screenshot of what I think is Nintendo’s odd Round Game, has this riveting blurb:
Hiroshi Yamauchi Will Devour Your Soul!
Marvel at agitated Japanese businessmen hell-bent on dominating the high-stakes world of playing-card manufacturing.
This thrilling first chapter of The Nintendo History System allows you to witness the humble birth of “The Nintendo-Koppai” playing-card company in 19th century Japan and its subsequent growth into a toy and electronics manufacturer in the 1960s.
You’ll be startled by this comic book’s amazing graphics as the CEO of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, glares at his employees from across the factory floor! You’ll be amazed by the crisp sound as you turn the page and gasp as Nintendo becomes a publicly-traded company on the Nikkei Stock Exchange!
I hope these comics will turn out immensely successful, prompting Mudron to start work on a Gunpei Yokoi spin-off that examines the Game Boy creator’s career and mysterious death (possibly uncovering Groove Raider’s clandestine involvement in the latter?!).
[Via Infinite Lives]