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Nintendo Playing With Toys

February 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 155 Nintendo Playing With Toys

 

In our final look at Nintendo in the early years, we see the transition into toys and electronic games.  Nintendo brought over some popular western games such as Twister in partnership with Milton Bradly.  The legendary engineer Gunpei Yokoi invented some of Nintendo's first toys.  These toys included; the Ultra Hand, the Ultra Machine, and the Ultra Scope.  Nintendo progressed further into electronic entertainment by focusing on light gun technology with photovoltaic cells.  The home light gun games were a hit.  Nintendo decided to develop a larger version to be used in bowling alleys.  However, the oil embargo of the 1970s caused such economic turmoil that most orders were canceled.  It is at this point that Nintendo refactored the technology for use in the traditional coin-op space.

 

TCW 037 - Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-and-gunpei-yokoi/

Nintendo Rabbit Coaster Game: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/02/nintendo-rabbit-coaster-game-mid-60s.html

Time Bomb Commercial 1964: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfHdq-pTDuQ

Twister 50 Years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pysdD9JSs2w

How Johnny Carson Saved Twister: https://www.history.com/news/how-johnny-carson-saved-twister

Before Mario Nintendo Ultra Hand: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/03/nintendo-ultra-hand-1966.html

Before Mario Nintendo Ultra Machine: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/03/nintendo-ultra-machine-1967-1974.html

Nintendo Ultra Machine TV Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL7QAVCgF64

Before Mario Nintendo Blocks: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/10/nintendo-n-block-introduction-1968-71.html

Nintendo N&B Block Ringer Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9cLRoiJAFw

Before Mario Nintendo Cotton Candy Machine: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/09/nintendo-candy-machine-1970.html
Before Mario Nintendo Photocopier: http://blog.beforemario.com/2012/12/nintendo-copilas-part-2-1971.html
Before Mario Ultra Scope: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/06/nintendo-automatic-ultra-scope-ultra.html
Nintendo Automatic Ultra Scope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY9QFOnlatc

Ultra Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApGnXOIZB0o

Nintendo Love Tester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vUwM3CO3Y

Distilled Water VS Tap Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hQh8eg30IY

How Solar/Photovoltaic Cells Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_q6LRgKpTw

Before Mario Kôsenjû SP: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/02/light-gun-games-kousenjuu-sp-and.html

Before Mario Electro Safari and Bird Targets: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/02/nintendo-electro-safari-and-electro.html

Nintendo Roulette Commercial: https://twitter.com/nintendomemo/status/913881627704676352

Before Mario Nintendo Jumping Bottle: http://blog.beforemario.com/2012/05/nintendo-jumping-bottle-1970.html

Before Mario Duck Hunt: http://blog.beforemario.com/2012/09/nintendo-kousenjuu-duck-hunt-1976.html

Before Mario Types of Guns and Riffles: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/04/nintendo-kousenjuu-guns-and-rifles-sp.html

Kôsenjû Custom Lever Action Rifle: http://blog.beforemario.com/2011/03/nintendo-custom-lever-action-rifle-and.html

Pictures of the Laser Clay Shooting System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFddF9nKUq8

TCW 067 - The Birth of the Japanese Consoles: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-birth-of-the-japanese-consoles/

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

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