Where did that name come from? Nintendo The Professor November 19, 2013 Professor's Tips Nintendo is a Kyoto based corporation that has been in operation since 1889 and was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi. They actually started out manufacturing playing cards for a game called Hanafuda. This game was very popular with the Yakuza, an organized crime association. “Nintendo” in Japanese translates to “leave luck to heaven” or “in heaven’s hands”. After trying for about 100 years in different businesses, Nintendo came upon the toy industry. From there, they have brought us many beloved characters and games. Traditional Hanafuda cards Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.