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Nintendo is a japanese video game company originally founded in 1889 as a hanafuda card manufacturer. They are most famous for their video game franchises and consoles such as NES, Wii U, and DS as well as their company mascot Super Mario.


Pre Video Game Era (1889- 1974)

Retro Era (1974 – 2001)

Modern Era (2001 – Present)


E3 2013

In April 2013, Nintendo announced[1] that they would not be holding a keynote press conference at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). As the event drew closer, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed[2] via the Nintendo Facebook page[3] the company would be holding a Nintendo Direct conference online, relying on the company’s official Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts to announce their new releases.

At 7 AM PST on June 11th, the Nintendo Direct live stream began, during which they announced new games including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World (shown below, left), a new Fairy type for October’s Pokemon X and Y and a Wii U edition of the Super Smash Brothers series (shown below, right). While the main event introduced two new characters for Super Smash Brothers, Mega Man and Animal Crossing’s default Villager, an event later in the day revealed the Wii Fit trainer avatar would be joining the game as well.

That day, Nintendo was mentioned more than 390,000 times on Twitter according to Topsy Analytics[4], peaking at 130,737 mentions during the hour of 7 a.m. EST. A discussion thread of Nintendo’s events was started in the /r/Games subreddit[5], gaining more than 2,900 upvotes, 1,600 points overall and more than 1,800 comments within 13 hours. Additionally, many of the announcements yielded a number of screen captures, GIFs and fan art on Tumblr under the tags Pokemon X and Y[6], The Villager[7], Wii Fit Trainer[8], Mega Man[9] and Nintendo.[10]

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