I had no idea Nintendo had so many logos

A selection of Nintendo logos over time
(Image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo might feel like a retro gaming brand, but you probably don't realise just how retro. While, it's always innovated and pushed new formats, from the Wii to... er... the Virtual Boy, Nintendo is most loved for the familiarity of characters like Mario and Zelda, who have been with us for decades.

But the company goes back way further than Mario and even Donkey Kong, and its beginnings were far less technology-oriented. Nintendo began life making playing cards in the 1800s. And, as one aficionado has pointed out on Twitter, it's been through a huge number of logo designs during its journey (see our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch deals if you're after one of its latest consoles). See the incredible timeline created by Captain Hanafuda below. 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.